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Publisher's Summary

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, a series of short stories told in "spare, unpretentious...picturesque prose" (Library Journal). 

Written with compassionate realism and wit, the stories in this mesmerizing collection depict the disparities of town and village life in South America, of the frightfully poor and outrageously rich, of memories and illusions, and of lost opportunities and present joys. Stories include "No One Writes to the Colonel", "Tuesday Siesta", "One of These Days", "There Are No Thieves in This Town", "Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon", "Montiel's Widow", "One Day After Saturday", "Artificial Roses", and "Big Mama's Funeral".

©1968 Gabriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Editorial Review

First published in 1961, No One Writes to the Colonel, the title story of this collection, is a stunning look at the anonymity and insignificance felt by those living in rural Colombia. Gabriel García Márquez brings to life the struggles of village life in a departure from his usual magical realism for a literary fiction approach to 20th century everyday life.
This mesmerizing collection includes a wide range of tales immortalized in one audiobook. Gabriel García Márquez's talent comes to life as he balances satire of Latin American life and culture with compassionate realism in the face of death and grief. Throughout this story collection winds the thread of García Márquez's enchanting writing. Even in intimate stories that focus on daily life for a Colombian in a small town, you'll be drawn into an exploration of human nature, complex characters, and nineteenth and twentieth-century life like never before.
Gabriel García Márquez had a talent for building worlds, rooting his imagined village of Macondo in real historical events. The titular colonel is a veteran of the late nineteenth-century, early twentieth-century Thousand Days' War. Even in his explorations of the town's petty dramas, misfortunes, and controversies, Gabo makes Macondo come to life, feeling like a real place you could find on a map of South America.
This short story collection is brought to life by the stunning performances of its cast. Each performer adds their own twist and personality to the characters of Macondo, with Armando Durán, Roxanne Hernandez, Marcelo Tubert, and Thom Rivera weaving the tales in this collection into a must-listen narrative you won't want to pause. — Audible Latino Editor

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great stories

love Gabriel Garcia Marquez's stories. I could listen all day. I only wish there was a clear notice when the stories changed.

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Good introduction

Good introduction to some of the authors works beyond the well known novels.
The narrators don't always pare up well with the selected stories, I wish there had been about another half dozen selections.

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Great book.

Great writing and great performance. Might I suggest a little more time before the following story begins. Give the reader a chance to ponder.

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Fun little stories

What made the experience of listening to No One Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

The stories were short and enjoyable, and some of them tied into other GGM works (particularly One Hundred Years of Solitude).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rebeca Buendia, a carryover from One Hundred Years of Solitude, because I liked hearing from her again.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Gotta go with Rebeca again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were plenty of parts that made me laugh!

Any additional comments?

Fun short stories!

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  • jull
  • 09-02-20

Some great, some very random stories

Some of the stories make sense, some start in a weird place, some end in a weird place, but overall it is an amazing exercise for imagination

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