Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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by Gabriel García Márquez
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0141032464

ISBN-13: 2900141032466

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Gardners Books Limited

A mysterious and haunting tale of romance and murder, that begins with the marriage of a man and a woman in love. But when he inexplicably mistreats his beloved on the night of the wedding, he is in turn murdered by her brothers, and we are left with a strange sense of inevitability and passions gone terribly awry.

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A mysterious and haunting tale of romance and murder, that begins with the marriage of a man and a woman in love. But when he inexplicably mistreats his beloved on the night of the wedding, he is in turn murdered by her brothers, and we are left with a strange sense of inevitability and passions gone terribly awry.

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ISBN-13:
2900141032466
Publisher:
Gardners Books Limited
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed.  Perhaps because it was translated, I found the language to be somewhat disjointed - much like the plot. The story is quite brief and not much is actually divulged within it. The plot is scattered and somewhat difficult to follow, while the story itself has many elements that are not cohesive. Having read all of the wonderful reviews, I was expecting quite a bit more from this book.  Honestly,  I found it to be rather vulgar at times and not because of the gore. Certainly not a masterpiece in my mind. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No reviews on the book, but am totally disappointed by the B&N service. I have paid for a membership & one of the facility provided is a 2 day express shipping...I got the book with a delay of 2 days...I had ordered the book for my son's school assignment & the book came in after it was due in the school. I had to go ahead & buy another book from the market & at a higher cost. The B&N customer service was pathetic...they were the rudest people on earth. I have promised myself that i am not going to ever buy any more books from B&N now...
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Miles_Brown More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical about reading this book because I had never seen or heard of it before, but my mother recommended it to me from a list of books for an independent reading assignment, so I thought why not. The format of the book was really cool. All within the first chapter, the whole plot of the book is told and the ending given away. It made me want to keep reading to find out how everything was going to play out and receive the explanation on why things happened the way they did. This book read like a crime drama on TV, where there is an unknown narrator who goes around the town asking people questions about what happened during the time of when the protagonist Santiago Nasar was murdered. Each person had a different account on what happened, down to what the weather was outside, which added even more intensity to the novel. The plot was interesting, and had many things that would draw someone’s attention: murder, mystery and problem solving. However, the novel was very overwhelming with too many different characters and their contributions to the story. It was hard to keep all the names straight and figure out who the narrator was talking about sometimes. I liked the perspective of the unknown narrator because just like me, the narrator wanted to know what happened and was willing to do some research to find out the truth. I did like that I got some new insight into the Hispanic culture. I had no idea that a wedding could be that big of a deal and that a town would get so worked up over a bishop coming to town who didn’t even want to be there. I didn’t like how much suspense this book had, I personally like to have closure when I finish reading a book and this book didn’t give me that. I was left with a feeling of emptiness when the story ended. I would have liked to eventually find out the identity of the narrator and the real truth of why no one warned Santiago about his fate. I would also like to know if Angela was protecting someone, or if she told the truth. The book left me with too many unanswered questions. I would not recommend this book to high school aged students because I had a difficult time reading this book and the concepts are very hard to grasp. I would like to try and reread this book when I am older and have a more mature understanding of literature. By Miles Brown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book I read was Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This was originally published in Colombia in Spanish, but then translated by Gregory Rabasa into English. Chronicle of a Death Foretold was published in New York, 1983. This novel is about a baffling murder that took place. The narrator, whose name is never actually said, is a dedicated reporter that is determined to get to the bottom of it and find out as much as possible. Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman planned to get married, until Bayardo found out the night of their wedding that Angela was not a virgin. Bayardo left her, in disgrace. When the twin brothers of Angela found out that a man named Santiago Nasar was the cause of this, they straight up declared that they were going to murder him.Santiago Nasar is definitely the main character throughout this novel, because it is about the brothers, Pedro and Pablo Vicario, killing him, and everyone else telling what they know about the murder. Pedro and Pablo told every single person that they were planning to kill Santiago, besides Santiago himself, and the confusing part, however, is that not a single one of those people warned Santiago. They did not know how to tell him and didn’t want to disrupt their own personal lives by doing so. Throughout this story, we are taken from a male reporters point of view and see many peoples reactions to Santiago Nasars death. We also learn about his household the day of the murder. “He had slept little and poorly, without getting undressed, and he woke with a headache and a sediment of copper stirrup on his palate, and he interpreted them as the natural havoc of the wedding revels that had gone on until after midnight (page 4).” He did not recognize the omen of the tragedy that was soon to occur. I did not really like this book at all. I felt like the plot was all over the place, and it was just also very boring which made it hard to follow along with. For example, it seemed like the whole novel was just unorganized in every way, and was very random. “He looked like a fairy (page 26),” a woman described how Santiago looked one day. Then, in just the next paragraph, the topic already changed to the narrator’s mother writing him letters.    From Chronicle of a Death Foretold, I learned the many different ways that somebody’s death can impact people. Some people move on with their lives, and some people cannot let go. Many people also have their different ways of coping, such as venting to other people. I would recommend this book, only for a few specific reasons, however. In my opinion it was a fairly hard read, so you probably wouldn’t enjoy this novel if you do not read things like this. Also, if you like books that don’t exactly have the biggest rising action, climax, etc., then you would most likely enjoy reading this.
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Danielle_Boisvert More than 1 year ago
Santiago nasar, a young man accused of taking the virginity of Angela Vicaro. Angela's twin brothers, Pablo and Pedro Vicaro find Santiago, and kill him for his sin. I found the beggining of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" to be very informative. I feel like he described the household just right. As i got farther and farther into the book, I became more and more interested. It's almost like the kind of book you can not put down once you start reading it. The book is about the events leading to Santiago's death. He lived in a wealthy family, taking the place of his deceased father, owning thier successful ranch. Santiago lives with his mother, Placida Linero, the cook, Victoria Guzman, and her daughter, Divina Flor. The day Santiago died was a very special day for Angela and Bayardo, it was the day the bishop was comming to bless thier marriage. Nobody believed that the twins were actually going to kill Santiago for what he had done. But they were proven wrong. After Santiago had been murdured the Vicaro family left the town, Bayardo San Roman left with his family and Pedro and Pablo went to jail for 3 years. Once Pablo got out of jail, he married Predencia Cotes, and Pedro went back to the armed forces. Even years after the crime has passed, it was still all what everyone was talking about. Though a lot of people warned Santiago of his foretold death, it failed to get through to him and as the chronicle of a death foretold lingers, so does Santiago's ghost.
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"Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia is an incredibly well written book that keeps your mind wondering till the very end. This novel takes place in Columbia, in a quiet little town where everyone knows everyone. With that fact being known, it seems impossible that everyone knew Pedro and Pablo Vicario were going to kill Santiago Nasar, except Santiago Nasar. That is how the book starts with that one bit of information, Santiago Nasar has been murdered. From there we learn the whole story, of when, where, why and how this murder is possible. Santiago Nasar is the protagonist of the story as well as the main character. The reason for the murder is because when Angela's new husband returns her to her mother, the person at fault for this according to Angela is Santiago Nasar. Now to reclaim their sister's honor Pedro and Pablo must go and kill Santiago Nasar. Looking at the character of Santiago Nasar you would never think he would be the target of a murder. Santiago is an easy going man whose father died three years earlier. His family has been wealthy ever sense he took over the family ranch. We know that he is opened hearted and has an appreciation of valor, prudence, firearms, and falconry. We also know that Santiago probably would have seduced Divina Flor, just as his father had seduced her mother. The narrator never gives us any other concrete details about the character or his dreams, ambitions or even if he ever committed the crime. The theme of this novel is honor. Everything that the Vicario brothers do are because they must restore the honor in their family and defend their sister, even if they don't legitimately know whether Santiago Nasar is to blame or not. Honor is the reason why people make their decisions throughout the novel it is a huge part of family life in this Latin American culture. I very much enjoyed this book because it keeps you thinking and wondering how everything could have happened or been prevented if someone would have spoken up. An example of this is in the quote, "The truth is I didn't know what to do,' he told me.'My first thought was that it wasn't any business of mine but something for the civil authorities, but then I made up my mind to say something in passing to Placida Linero.' Yet when he crossed the square, he'd forgotten completely. 'You have to understand,' he told me, "that the bishop was coming that day" (Marquez, pg. 70). No one fully steps up to the plate to stop what is going to happen. No one takes the situation seriously even Father Amador who is talking here. He has the authority to stop this but it slips his mind, meaning he did not think much of it. I could not stop thinking about the society in which they lived, and couldn't help thinking what I would have done.This book puts into perspective some of the reasons people stand by and do nothing. But to really get your own prospect and get the details on how the situation plays out you have to read the book for yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a short book, but one where you have to think. It is not a simple read, and takes a good deal of time to fully understand. The facts are sometimes implied rather than straightforward. But the details are outstanding. The narrator writes about ordinary things like you have never heard them be described before. If you enjoy this book you might also enjoy another book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez called "One Hundred Years of Solitude".
Denise_Robinson More than 1 year ago
Chronicles of a death Foretold is simple enough: A story about romance and murder. A wealthy young Arab man is murdered by two lower class Spanish brothers who believe that he took their sisters virginity and has brought dishonor to them and their small Spanish town. The oddity; almost everyone in the town knew of the impending murder and did little or nothing to stop it. Marquez paints a portrait of this community and its collective psyche and culture leaving the reader torn between supporting the culture or the death of a possible innocent man.
keta010 More than 1 year ago
The Chronicle of a Death Foretold was a very interesting book that was defining a specific community. This novella described a community that is usually peaceful and caring, but was guilty of killing one of their own. I really don't understand why this situation wasn't resolved since everyone knew what was going on. The people in the story were from a small community where everyone was well-known. For them not to stop a murder because the murderers were known to keep to themselves was very understandable. The fact that the murderers felt they had not committed a crime was very interesting to me because according to their religion they were innocent. This novella is certainly worth reading if you are into the murder type life lesson novellas.
yo_ames More than 1 year ago
Chronicle of a Death Foretold is an extremely interesting novel. With the climax of the novel known from the start, Marquez takes a different outlook on literature. He reverses a story of a murder, collaborating his intriguing style with a fashionable storyline and tone. In great detail, he describes all the actions that led up to the crime, and drags the reader into a world that is normally not experienced. With Marquez's amazing use of imagery in his style of writing, Chronicle of a Death Foretold is vividly illustrated to any reader. It seems that the reader can actually hear, see, and smell everything that is going on in the novel. Marquez reaches out to the audience with his great sense of imagery, and this definitely creates the atmosphere completely defined in the novel. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Marquez demonstrates actual, real-life community, and he applies imagery to rip the reader away from the real world. Marquez is an amazing writer with astonishing creativity. This is an excellent novel for readers interested in imaginations gone wild (any of Marquez's writing would suit you!)
A_Lineberry More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Garcia Marquez wastes no time in telling the reader that there has been a murder. However, it takes a little longer than expected to know why it happened. In the story, a woman, Angela, who is married reveals that she is not a virgin. Her two brothers, Pablo and Pedro, then set out to kill the man who took her virginity. This man is Santiago Nassar. They were not secretive about their plan to kill Nassar, in fact, they told anyone who they came in contact with. The town, however, did nothing to stop the murder. Marquez depicts an essence of community in all of his works and it is displayed in Chronicle of a Death Foretold by the town coming together to assist in the murder of Narrar. Even though they did not actually kill him, they did not stop the murder, which makes them just as guilty. Overall, this novel was very good. The way Marquez tells his story through the eyes of different characters made it more readable and exciting. I would recommend this book.
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