Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
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October 07, 2003
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A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.

Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society--not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.

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A Masterpiece: Chornicle of A Death Foretold
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I walked into Annies Book Stop in Wells, Maine in order to pick out a new book to read for my English class reading requirement. I needed some award winning books for the next terms requirement, so while I was there, I thought it smart to pick some out. After consulting with one of the store employers a tiny, green covered book was recommended for me. I read some of the praise that the book had received from various different institutions, and since the book had received all the accolades I needed I decided to get it. After I read the first page of it on my way back to by home in Massachusetts I instantly realized A Chronicle of A Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, would be an extreme pleasure to read.
On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on. The first line of the story captivates you so much. Although Marquez out rightly tells the audience the killers the plot never slows down. The colorful setting in a Caribbean backwater adds to the already complexly simple characters. The language is simple, there is no Shakespearean eloquence here, but without the gruff language of this story it just wouldnt carry its captivating charm. Until the last page this book leaves the reader wanting more.

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