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Chronicle of a Death Foretold Essay | Critical Essay #5

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Critical Essay #5

In the following passage, Rodman looks at Garcia Marquez's message in Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

In much of his work [Gabriel Garcia Marquez] has turned his hometown into a dream kingdom of shattered expectations built on nostalgia; Macondo is bereft of idealism, visions of a better world, calls to arms. These attitudes are seen as part of an old order that must be stripped away to get at the long-concealed truth....

Before [Chronicle of a Death Foretold] came The Autumn of the Patriarch, a monologue of a dying tyrant based on the life of Juan Vicente Gomez of Venezuela, whose crimes had been magnified into myth in the mouths of refugees to Aracataca during the novelist's childhood. The book's highly praised style was baroque and convoluted. Garcia Marquez implausibly defends his method by citing the supposed unreadability of Ulysses when it first came out, and claiming that...

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