The Autumn of the Patriarch

The Autumn of the Patriarch

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The discovery of a South American dictator's rotting corpse in the deserted tangle of his crumbling palace prompts a search through his past and colorful chronicle of his progression from popular, beloved, unafraid ruler to isolated, frightened despot Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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One of Gabriel García Márquez's most intricate and ambitious works, The Autumn of the Patriarch is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power.

From charity to deceit, benevolence to violence, fear of God to extreme cruelty, the dictator of The Autumn of the Patriarch embodies the best and the worst of human nature. Gabriel García Márquez, the renowned master of magical realism, vividly portrays the dying tyrant caught in the prison of his own dictator-ship. Employing an innovative, dreamlike style, and overflowing with symbolic descriptions, the novel transports the reader to a world that is at once fanciful and real.



Baker
& Taylor

The discovery of a South American dictator's rotting corpse in the deserted tangle of his crumbling palace prompts a search through his past and a chronicle of his progression from popular, beloved, unafraid ruler to isolated, frightened despot.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006, c1976
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 9780060882860
0060882867
9780060932671
0060932678
Branch Call Number: FICTION GARCIA MARQUEZ
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rabassa, Gregory

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philipriley1234
Jan 04, 2017

I recently enjoyed reading Hundred Years' Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, which gave me a feel for Marquez's style. Autumn of the Patriarch takes what I consider his style to a much higher level. Without any paragraph breaks, quotation marks, and sentences on average a page long, this book is a challenging read. Add to that the changes to different character's perspectives and references to all sorts of events in different times, some that don't happen until later in the story, and this book paints the perfect picture of a mystical dictator, confused and royal and powerful and human. An awesome book!

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Nov 02, 2015

Five stars is not enough: it needs seven or ten or even more. A truly marvelous experience; a novel on LSD. No discernible plot, but is nonetheless an apotheosis of narration. A dizzying torque of of words; a vertigo of each sentence (with a couple of exceptions). Each sentence, with a couple of exceptions starts out breathing and ends up choking the reader by entangling the reader's mind with a demonic braid of form and plot elements.
The novel was reputed to have 100 sentences: chapter 1, 29 sentences, ch. 2 - 23, ch 3 - 18, ch 4 - 16, ch 5 - 13, and ch 6 -1 sentence. But I counted them: ch 1 - 31, ch2 - 24, ch 3 -19, ch 5 -15, bringing the total to 106.

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