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A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings Summary
Gabriel García Márquez

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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Summary

Introduction

Written in 1968, "Un señor muy viejo con alas enormes" ("A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings") is typical of a style known as "magic realism," which is closely associated with its author, the Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This imaginative style combines realistic, everyday details with elements of fantasy, blurring the reader's usual distinctions between reality and magic. But unlike other works of the imagination such as fairy tales or folk legends, stories of magic realism lead to no clear morals or simple truths; they present a rich and vivid world of magical possibilities, while frustrating and complicating the reader's efforts to fix a definite meaning to events.

Very simply stated, this is the story of what happens when an angel comes to town. But while it is subtitled "A Tale for Children," it is by no means a simple story. The setting is no ordinary town...

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