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Book Jacket Status JacketedGabriel García Máruez's most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar the man who tried to unite a continentBolívar known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in García Máruez's brilliant reimagining he is magnificently flawed as well The. Idleness was painful after so many years of wars bitter governments and trivial lovesThe profundity of Simón Bolívar’s vision became the bane of his life He was destined to be the man who led the Latin American people to freedom from the imperial rule of Spain Having broken the shackles of slavery he took over the uncontested leadership of the vast continent as the President with the singular aim of unifying the freed countries of the Americas into the greatest republic the world has ever known” a dream that was never to come true In this historical novel Maruez leads the reader to travel in the heavy footsteps of the despondent and disillusioned General on his final voyage along the Magdalena river to tell the unmagical story of shattered dreams broken allegiances dead glories made all the intolerable by the General’s terminal illnessThis is a portrait of the man Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios not a politico military biography of the great General who came to be known as the Liberator and to whom generations of Latin Americans have sung songs of praise and gratitude and in our times have named their countries after him finding in his person a newfound confidence to defy another empire in the north that sees them as “our backyard” But here Maruez without ever stating it is poised to dispel the myths spun on one hand by the great mass that loved and admired him and on the other by his enemies and detractors among his own people who had once broken the bread of victory alongside him in the wars of liberationBolívar's rise and fall is told in flashbacks within the frame story of his last river journey which he undertook when he renounced power after an assassination attempt to highlight major events that shaped him to become the man we have come to know An able soldier and a great military strategist always in a state of flux he could enact whole battlefields on his mind's screen with all the moves and strategies to be employed for various contingencies is now relegated to his sagging hammock in which lying at night like a deadweight he mumbles incomprehensible twaddle in the state of recurrent delirium such that his faithful servant José Palacios cannot tell whether his master’s thoughts are trapped in the throes of a nightmare or entangled in the state of waking He was shaken by the overwhelming revelation that the headlong race between his misfortunes and his dreams was at that moment reaching the finish line The rest was darkness 'Damn it' he sighed 'How will I ever get out of this labyrinth He is stricken but not defeated Life had already given him sufficient reasons for knowing that no defeat was the final one He cooks up imaginary battles to wrest Riohacha from the insurgents who are destroying the unity of the continent but suddenly finding his army on the defensive crashes into his chair One day he announces his immediate intention to pack up and set sail for Europe to die there; yet the next morning he takes baffling detours and lingers on for weeks in a place waiting for some portent to tell him which way to go In a Maruezian slant the rigours of madness become a saving virtue; it is precisely his illusions which are keeping him sane But he could not renounce his infinite capacity for illusion at the very moment he needed it most he saw fireflies where there were none During the last months of his life he became an ungainly mass of calcified bones and poisoned flesh held together by the pale leather of his cracking skin whose purpose of mind no one understood whose purpose of mind he himself did not understandMaruez evokes the starkly beautiful terrain of the ian wild tropics with imagery that permeates the ancient landscape of his One Hundred Years of Solitude It seems the General must have stopped at Macondo on his voyage along the Magdalena Maruez does not mention the town perhaps because it’s fictional or does not fall along the coast and this story is supposed to be an historically accurate depiction which it is save for some auxiliary details which are used to enhance Bolívar's character and to embolden his human dilemmas enacted for the reader through the eyes of a man to whom the world had appeared a miasmic swamp of dead bodies and dead hopes In that Maruez has weaved an astounding horror storyTrue to the maxim that there is humour in human tragedy Maruez embellishes this sad story with the strokes of a tragicomedy in the General’s fatalistic and self loathing utterances that confound and dishearten his loving supporters but the General cares naught I will illustrate it with two small examplesA German adventurer came down to the continent to capture an oddity he’d heard described a man with rooster claws to put in a cage and display in European circuses He told of his wish to the General when they met during the voyage along the river The General had found another opportunity to direct his mordant sarcasm at himself I assure you you’ll earn money showing me in a cage as the biggest damn fool in history”On the General's orders his orderlies had taken on board an emaciated and limping dog found along the banks suffering from a horrible case of mange The General bestowed special affections on the awful looking creature fed him by his own hand played with him and spent time with him than he would with his young lover After a few days on board The General was taking the air in the stern when José Palacios pulled the dog over to him“What name shall we give him” he askedThe General did not even have to think about it“Bolívar” he said June 2015

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El general en su laberintoRemain alive by the sheer force of will that led him to so many victories in the battlefields and love affairs of his past As he wanders in the labyrinth of his failing powers and still powerful memories he defies his impending death until the last The General in His Labyrinth is an unforgettable portrait of a visionary from one of the greatest writers of our time. Follows the last few weeks and days of the life of Simon Bolivar as he surrenders political power and travels down the Magdalena River to the coast on his last journey While he travels there are reflections on his past his role in the wars of independence against Spain and his political ambitions This is an interesting historical novel in shades of Wolf Hall here that the author was trying to remodel the popular image of the man Bolivar has been seen as a founding father for many of the former Spanish colonies but here we see his dream of a unified republic containing the modern states of Venezuela Columbia and Ecuador dying as he too fades out of life as the river flows home to the sea The failure of his political ambitions will allow him to be recast as a safe patriotic icon and the man seems to struggle against this the fate of a person to be recast as an icon as soon as he is barely cold in his grave as he is racked with ill health on his final journey

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Free download El general en su laberinto ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ò Book Jacket Status JacketedGabriel García Máruez's most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar the man who tried to unite a continentBolívar known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator is one of the most reveredNovel follows Bolívar as he takes his final journey in 1830 down the Magdalena River toward the sea revisiting the scenes of his former glory and lamenting his lost dream of an alliance of American nations Forced from power dogged by assassins and prematurely aged and wasted by a fatal illness the General is still a remarkably vital and mercurial man He seems to. When I heard that Gabriel Garcia Maruez had died I walked over to my shelf of South American literature and picked up The General in His Labyrinth The story is about the last days of Simon Bolivar the Liberator as he took a 14 day cruise down the Rio Magdalena to the Caribbean from whence he would ship out for Europe But this was not to be Not only was the Liberator dying but he had the misfortune of seeing the proud republics he had founded falling prey to disunity and suabbling In answer to the pleas of his friends to continue in the leadership he backs off It was the end General Simon Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios was leaving forever He had wrested from Spanish domination an empire five times vast than all of Europe he had led twenty years of wars to keep it free and united and he had governed it with a firm hand until the week before but when it was time to leave he did not even take away with him the consolation that anyone believed in his departure The only man with enough lucidity to know he really was going and where he was going to was the English diplomat who wrote in an official report to his government The time he has left will hardly be enough for him to reach his graveAnd so it was When Bolivar and his retinue reach the shores of the Caribbean he temporizes about leaving while dealing with rumors of the dissolution of Colombia and Venezuela He is half tempted to go back to war to restore Riohacha Except he is desperately ill and his moment of glory is past Even as death approaches he is a remarkable man; and his letters fly all around South America and the Caribbean trying futilely to hold all the pieces together one last timeIt was a kind of double sadness anticipating the death of this incredible conueror in the shadow of the death of Garcia Maruez who wrote this book in 1989 a uarter of a century ago The General in His Labyrinth is like others of his works that I have read a simple story bathed in the magic of the tropics and told with a kind of sublime generosity toward his characters There is not a shred of irony or post modernism to destroy the effect Garcia Maruez joins other great storytellers like Isaac Bashevis Singer and Nikolai Leskov in his respect for the primacy of the tale itselfHe will be missed