59 BOOK Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981)

January 23, 2024

Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia, 1927 – 2014)

This has been our last read in our Book Club for the year. It’s a novel that grabs you from the very beginning. It narrates the story of Santiago Nasar, whose death is known from the start, yet no one manages to prevent it!

The most intriguing aspect is how the story unfolds. We move backwards and forward in time as different people from the town recount what they knew and experienced that day. There’s a lot at stake: honour, tradition, and superstition!

Gabriel García Márquez takes you on a journey where you question whether destiny is inevitable or what happened could have been avoided. The narrative is filled with details that keep you glued to the book as you unravel the characters’ secrets and how they intertwine in this tale.

It’s a novel that prompts you to ponder decisions, relationships, and how all of it can lead to a predetermined ending (the fuc*** destiny). It immerses you in culture and morality, making you reflect on how actions can change everything in a community!

It was a book we thoroughly enjoyed; it won the hearts of almost all the club members. The discussion revolved around the characters’ passivity and the element of destiny, which plays a crucial role in this work.

Interesting facts:

  • It was written in 1981 and is based on a real news story.
  • In 1982 (what a cool year), Gabriel García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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