Sunday, 12 April 2009

Book Read: Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

12 dark fictional stories
from the master of Magical Realism, written over the course of 18 years, mostly about strange things happening to Latin Americans travelling abroad. Other adjectives I could use are haunting & surreal.

My favourite story would have to the the first one in the book - Bon Voyage, Mr. President - about an ambulance driver who discovers his country's deposed president in a hospital abroad, and supports him. 

I found it a bit hard to wrap my head around most of the others. Magical Realism is used very liberally in this book, whose major theme seems to be displacement.


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