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Todos los cuentos review ñ 103 í Collected here are twenty six of Gabriel Garcia Maruez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from three volumes Eyes of a Blue Dog Big Mama's Funeral and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother CombininCollected here are twenty six of Gabriel Garcia Maruez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from thre. Maruez is pure magic It's been a long time since I've read him except for the novella No One Writes to the Colonel two years back so this was in effect a reintroduction to his work And the enchantment has not fadedMaruez resembles three of my favourite authors William Faulkner Franz Kafka and Ernest Hemingway His decadent town of Macondo where most of the stories happen in a connected universe owes much to Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County And his prose moving on in sentence after impressionistic sentence without a pause for breath so that you get lost in its cadence without caring for its meaning is pure Faulkner The heartbeat of his fictitious universe soon starts melding into that of the reader and he she sees hears smells touches and tastes through the author's creationsBut unlike Faulkner Maruez moves effortlessly into fantasy without advertising the fact like Gregor Samsa in Kafka's The Metamorphosis his characters can find themselves in any weird situation in fact Maruez has openly admitted Kafka's influence They die live move across time and space get transformed into ghosts and spirits and involved in myriad other weird situations in the space of a few pagesBut in some stories the author suddenly drops all his flowery phrases and parabolic descriptions and goes for a hard bitten narrative where life and death walk the streets of the somnolent Latin American towns Here he resembles Hemingway with his spare prose and hard hitting plotlinesThe book is a compendium of three collections Eyes of a Blue Dog Big Mama's Funeral and The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother Of these the first one contains mostly surrealist pieces which reads like prose poems than stories except for 'The Woman Who Came at Six O' Clock' a classic tale in the Hemingway mould about a woman who may have committed a murder My favourite from this collection is 'Monologue of Isobel Watching It Rain in Macondo' about a young woman whose sense of existence starts slowly dissolving in incessant rain I experienced it recently in KeralaThe title story 'Big Mama's Funeral' is undoubtedly the star of the second collection By delineating the death of a matriarch and its aftermath it attains the level of the mythological in this it foreshadows The Autumn of the Patriarch I felt It also contains many Hemingway esue tales 'Tuesday Siesta' 'There Are No Thieves in This Town' 'Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon' 'One of These Days' all filled with a sense of fatalism and uiet brutality The third collection contains two of my favourite fables 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings' about an aged and destitute angel who falls down to earth and becomes a village curiosity; and 'The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World' about a corpse which becomes the icon of a fishing community 'Innocent Erendira' is a frightening fairy tale about a young prepubescent girl cruelly exploited by her grandmother a rehash of the evil stepmother trope but much malignant Every fairy tale motif is inverted here Almost all the tales in this collection are surreal and engrossingAn exuisite collection PS A suggestion if you are new to Maruez don't try to get the stories Most of the time they may not make logical sense Just get lost in the telling You will enjoy it If you don't then maybe Maruez is not for you

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E volumes Eyes of a Blue Dog Big Mama's Funeral and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother Combining mysticism history and humor the stori. You have to stay with this collection for awhile before it starts to grow on you for it is compiled in chronological order and throws the spotlight on the evolution of this writer and his craft as he matures towards winning the Nobel Prize for LiteratureThe 26 story collection is comprised of selections from three volumes of short stories that were published in the 1960’s and ‘70’s The stories in the first volume Eyes of Blue Dog are the hardest to read as they are interior monologues and reminiscences with very little action or movement the protagonists often pre occupied with death The characters feel and sense their world viscerally and the titles bear little resemblance to the content of the pieces and yet given that the author was in his twenties when these stories were written it foreshadows the literary maturity that was to develop later We see some dialogue and movement appear in the later stories in this volume There is a tendency to repeat lines like “The curlews pecked out our eyes” or “A horse kicked me in the head” to emphasise the direness of the characters’ situations And when the Negro who sang in the park comes to take our protagonist away to “sing in the choir” we realize that the latter is dying; when the torrential rains run for days floods the town and addles the mind we are “shown” this by the townspeople seeing and smelling bodies from the graveyard floating in the streets great imageryThe second volume Big Mama’s Funeral is set in Macondo Garcia Maruez’s fictional hometown and the one he immortalized in his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude The corrupt mayor the rich industrialist the thief and other characters like the Buendia family flit in and out of the stories playing different roles The writer’s irony begins to appear in these stories the widow of the rich man who believes her dead spouse was noble when he was a mass murderer the artist who gets beaten up for exposing the rich man’s corrupt soul the blind grandmother who “sees” everything in her granddaughter’s life The author even has his take on the Wandering Jew story a metaphor used throughout literature The final story from which this volume gets its title is a grand metaphor to the death of the old way of life and the birth of the new one the rule of the landed gentry giving way to democracy It is also a story in which Garcia Maruez’s fiction in this collection transcends the micro view to take on the macro oneThe third volume The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother seems pre occupied with taking the author’s vision down to the level of children Two of the tales are subtitled “A Tale for Children” and speak of strange people and ships that appear from out of the sea to teach us lessons Yet other pre occupations not necessarily juvenile in content emerge the dying and corrupt senator who sacrifices his reputation to feast on the body of a young girl a theme that Garcia Maruez fully developed in his final novel Memories of My Melancholy Whores; the balance of good and evil both needing each other to survive The final story from which the volume gets it’s name is the longest in the entire collection and its title says it all poor Erendira the 14 year old virgin is exploited to the fullest by her wicked grandmother and is indentured to the old whore for life Despite the exaggerated situations that are typical of magic realism some interesting truths emerge smugglers do not interfere with the Church wrong enemy to take on; those who are abused and manipulated will abuse and manipulate; when one is focused on escape one often leaves loved ones behind The imagery is also magical the wind is always howling outside Erendira’s tent as she travels the desert country selling her body the wind of her misfortune we think; the grandmother’s blood is green with envy of her granddaughter’s youth and promise we wonder glass changes colour when the love struck Ulises Erendira’s lover touches it testament to seeing things with rose tinted glasses perhaps Although the geography we travel through in this collection is around coastal Colombia our travels through human experience is far wide and deep This is a great collection to understand the evolution of a writer from his narrow beginnings to the expansive weave and heft he achieved in his later writing

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Todos los cuentosEs in this collection span than two decades illuminating the development of Maruez's prose and exhibiting the themes of family poverty and death that resound throughout his fictio. Loved it