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E volumes Eyes of a Blue Dog Big Mama's Funeral and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother Combining mysticism history and humor the stori. 6 Collected Stories by Gabriel Garc a M rueztranslators Gregory Rabassa J S Bernsteinpublished 1984format 343 page paperbackacuired Decemberread Jan 18 25rating 4 Original collectionsEyes of a Blue Dog stories 1947 1955 English translation 1968 Translated by Gregory RabassaBig Mama s Funeral stories 1962 English translation 1972 Translated by J S BernsteinThe Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother stories 1968 1972 English translation 1978 Translated by Gregory RabassaM ruez spent his youngest years away from his parents living in the Columbia coastal town of Aracataca with his grandparents who he explains were both great story tellers His grandmother would mix in fanciful aspects to her stories without breaking her tone as if she was telling all fact He has explained these were huge influences on his writing And it seems he was always writing This is my first step into M ruez I will follow him in mostly a chronological manner and this collection includes some of his earliest published work The first story The Third Resignation was published in 1947 when M ruez was 20 years old What this collection offers in an evolution in the writing of talented and creative story tellerEyes of a Blue Dog the first collection is weakest and yet the one I find I have the most to say about because of how his writing changes from story to story Several things are notable about the earliest stories The Third Resignation The Other Side of Death and Eva is inside her cat They have striking opening lines with words like sharp and phrases like cold cutting vertical noise they are psychoanalytical idea heavy and rather dull to read leaving this reader interested but counting pages till the end The Other Side of Death ends in the other world the mistaken and absurd world of rational creatures A phrase that is maybe revealing as to where M ruez was headed These stories all have very different approaches and strengths In the title story a man has an intimate conversations with a woman in his dreams one he can see but can t touch and who he completely forgets as soon as he wakes even as she keeps telling him how to find her It s an exploration of desire and relationships It s a good story but most notable because of different way to approaching what he is exploring Whereas the most compelling story for me the first one where I forgot to count the pages was straight forward Titled The Woman Who Came at Six O Clock it s only a conversation a flirtatious and manipulative one between between a woman and a bar tender in an empty bar There are five stories after that and I would say each one is just a much better story much readable then the earlier ones but still very imaginative And in each story it seems he s getting closer to homeEvery story in Big Mama s Funeral is well developed One might say a maturing author developing into mastering his abilities The stories are starting to feel like pieces of a larger worlds like M ruez is just giving us a window and that he could keep going on and I wouldn t have minded Most of these stories are very much his world in small town coastal Columbia in Aracataca which gets mentioned in the last story the title story Characters reoccur the tone changes and there is a heavy if dark or darkly tinted humor In the title story the tone is hyper formal and for the third time in twenty centuries there was an hour of confusion chagrin and bustle in the limitless empire of Christendom The author of The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother is not experimenting so much as making his points through story telling In the opening story A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings an angel falls into a town and becomes something like a zoo attraction He doesn t speak and doesn t interact with anyone just stoically bides his time until his wings heal and he wordlessly flies off What is M ruez saying The main sense in all these stories is of a fairy tale but with all the dark elements with wonderful characters usually leaving us with a sense of how small they are in a strange wider world they will never understand When the outside world comes it seems everyone always ends up losing something to them and when they branch out the characters just disappear Several of these are really uote terrific and they all leave something to think about even if it seems mostly through the authors restraint He just has a way of writing up strange or fantastic events in the same flat fairy tale tone and it leaves the reader wondering So a fun a collection and a good start for my tour through his work

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Es in this collection span than two decades illuminating the development of Maruez's prose and exhibiting the themes of family poverty and death that resound throughout his fictio. The bestest short stories from Maruez Some just 5 pages long but packed with so much fervor and flavor Artificial Roses and The Sea of Lost Time were my favorites

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Collected here are twenty six of Gabriel Garcia Maruez's most brilliant and enchanting short stories presented in the chronological order of their publication in Spanish from thre. Only his own death came between him and his grave Resigned he listened to the drop thick heavy exact as it dripped in the other world in the mistaken and absurd world of rational creatures In twenty six stories from Eyes of a Blue Dog Big Mama s Funeral and The Incredible and Sad Tale of lnnocent Er ndira and Her Heartless Grandmother the greatness of Gabriel Garc a M ruez is confirmed once again Stories of communities torn apart by dispute poverty and superstition Stories of communities brought together by hope and love and the daily struggle to survive Towns where angels with gigantic wings roam free demons spread their stink which the perfume of roses cannot disguise women are either revered figures or seductresses that search for an escape from a bleak reality Either way it is women that hold the strings to the puppet show of a paranoid world Every day I try to remember the phrase with which I am to find you I said Now I don t think I ll forget it tomorrow Still I ve always said the same thing and when I wake up I ve always forgotten what the words I can find you with are Eyes of A Blue Dog It would be impossible to choose my favourite stories in the array of crumbling towns and dirty harbours In the company of fairs civil servants and officials shady encounters and enterprises and otherworldly women In the nights of August with its melancholy and strange magnetism all things are possible I remembered the August nights in whose wondrous silence nothing could be heard except the millenary sound that the earth makes as it spins on its rusty unoiled axis Suddenly I felt overcome by an overwhelming sadness Since it s Sunday and it s stopped raining I think I ll take a bouuet of roses to my grave Birds are breaking windows invading houses only to die inside In the August heat the deserted streets unwashed because of the droughts are suffocating the pedestrians with the stench of death What does the troubled priest actually see around him The Wandering Jew or the Devil himself Blind women try to warn others with their vision but who believes them Wives ask to be buried alive and a town is visited by the travelling show of the woman who was turned into a spider for having disobeyed her parents The isolated ruined towns have lost their multicoloured glory eaten away by the vicious sun and the cruel sea And there is no mercy in store for the residents If we find each other sometimes put your ear to my ribs when I sleep on the left side and you ll hear me echoing Eyes of a Blue Dog A sensual haunting mesmerizing elegy of a relationship in a dream Someone Has Been Disarranging These Roses Who is the ghost Who is dead Who is alive A tale of loneliness isolation sanctity and sacred roses Monologue of Isabel Watching It Rain in Macondo The desire for rain becomes an unimaginable terror for the community of Macondo A story that represents the uniue lyrical voice of M ruez The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her heartless Grandmother One of the most powerful cruel raw stories by M ruez How much does innocence cost in a community that cannot find its way through the darknessEvery passage written by M ruez is a revelation of the power of Literature Its magic its lyrical voice its mesmerizing uality to carry you in dark worlds into your soul In a site that supposedly promotes reading it is astonishing to see many readers dismissing M ruez on the grounds of magical realism and being incomprehensible How about you try a little The angel was the only one who took no part in his own act He spent his time trying to get comfortable in his borrowed nest befuddled by the hellish heat of the oil lamps and sacramental candles that had been placed along the wire She s done a lot of travelling Mr Herbert said She s carrying behind the flowers from all the seas of the world My reviews can also be found on


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  1. says:

    Todos Los Cuentos ‎Collected Stories‬ Gabriel Garcí­a MáruezCollected here are twenty six of Gabriel Garcia Maruez's most bril

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    “Only his own death came between him and his grave Resigned he listened to the drop thick heavy exact as it dripped in the other world in the mistaken and absurd world of rational creatures’’ In twenty six stories f

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    Maruez is pure magic It's been a long time since I've read him except for the novella No One Writes to the Colonel two years back s

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    December 2009Some possibilities1 I may have gone in over my head with this one Gabriel García Máruez is uite the writer and I probably lack the fortitude to deal with his imaginative genius Magical realism may not be my t

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    6 Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márueztranslators Gregory Rabassa J S Bernsteinpublished 1984format 343 page paperbackacuired December

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    You have to stay with this collection for awhile before it starts to grow on you for it is compiled in chronological order and throws the spotlight on the evolution of this writer and his craft as he matures towards winning the Nobel Prize for LiteratureThe 26 story collection is comprised of selections from three volumes of short stories that were published in the 1960’s and ‘70’s The stories in the first volume Eyes of

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    Reading Gabriel Garcia Maruez is like coming home a home crammed with the most wondrous oddities Birds of wild plumage Winds that scrape against sanity Seas that overcome and drown you But there's not a trace of cold heart stopping fear Maruez's realms are Sublime Collected Stories is a compilation of three collections Eyes of A Blue Dog Bi

  8. says:

    The bestest short stories from Maruez Some just 5 pages long but packed with so much fervor and flavor Artificial Roses and The Sea of Lost Time were my favorites

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    Loved it

  10. says:

    So first of all I have been reading this off and on for about three years now and I finally decided about two weeks ago to give it a serious effort from the beginning This is than just an interesting collection of stories; it's a document of Maruez's growth as a writer The first third of the book is frankly pre

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