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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Nov. 4 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140239405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140239409
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,634,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In 12 poignant stories, Garcia Marquez describes the turbulent lives of Latin Americans adrift in Europe.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Nobel prize-winning author Garcia Marquez has collected a dozen of his stories about Latin Americans in Europe, most of which, although magical, end on an unsettling note. Thus, an expatriate ex-president is recognized by an ambulance driver bent on exploitation; a man travels from Colombia to Rome with a cello case to see the pope; a woman with car trouble finds herself trapped in a mental institution; a prostitute plans her funeral. The plots are simple, but the character study and use of language is incisive. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.
- Ann Irvine, Montgomery Cty. P.L., Md.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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As I read "Strange Pilgrims," the collection of short stories by Colombian-born Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I was reminded of the classic television series "The Twilight Zone." Like some of the best episodes in that series, many of the stories in "Strange Pilgrims" are rich in irony and psychological intrigue, and incorporate elements of the macabre and the fantastic. And many of the stories have twist endings. This collection has been translated into English by Edith Grossman.
These stories deal with Latin Americans on voyages, for various reasons, to Europe. The book thus has a trans-Atlantic, international feel. Highlights of the collection include "Bon Voyage, Mr. President," about a deposed head of state seeking medical attention in Switzerland; "The Saint," a supernatural tale of a father seeking canonization of his daughter from the Pope; the creepy "The Ghosts of August"; and the grotesque "Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen."
Throughout the book Garcia Marquez presents many images that are beautiful or disturbing, but often memorable: a drowned man floating with "a fresh gardenia in his lapel," a moray eel nailed to a door, a bedspread stiff with the dried blood from a murder. An added bonus is the appearance of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda as a fictional character in one of the tales. "Strange Pilgrims" is a varied collection of weird treats from a master storyteller.
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By A Customer on Dec 7 1998
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An incredibly inventive and thought-provoking collection, "Strange Pilgrims" is reminiscent of Milan Kundera's "Book Of Laughter and Forgetting", as well as Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried". Constructed as interweaving short stories, these twelve misfit pieces all deal with moving themes: loneliness, death, travel, the otherworldly nostalgia that these phenomena provoke, and ultimately the sadness of being lost in your own experiences. Like Kundera's "Laughter and Forgetting", "Strange Pilgrims" does not attempt to draw lucid conclusions between its seemingly unrelated characters. Instead, Garcia-Marquez simply allows the reader to develop his own relationship to the text. At times, "Strange Pilgrims" achieves what Garcia-Marquez so eloquently refers to when speaking of writing in the book's introduction-"the closest a human can get to the experirence of levitation." Highly recommended.
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In twelve short stories, Garcia Marquez proves that he is not only capable of writing deeply, he is capable of writing concisely. The stories in this book are extremely thought provoking, relating to the human spirit and little oddities about people.
There is one story in particular that I will not forget. It is about a woman who gets stranded with a flat tire, and hitches a ride with a bus to a mental institution. The story unfolds from there, and I don't think I have ever felt so deeply troubled by a single story like I was in this case. Of the twelve stories, I liked 8 or 9, the others were a little boring (or maybe I did not get them). I highly recommend it, especially for those who do not have the patience to read GM's "One Hundred Years of SOlitude" and would like an intro to the author.
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By chris on Aug. 2 2000
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I will be brief in praising this book. Gabriel García Márquez is the most celebrated and BELOVED novelist in the Spanish language since Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. If you have not read him before, YOU SHOULD! But enough of the "good medicine" talk. García Márquez is entertaining. In these stories you will be witness to strange events told with a straight face, and in achingly beautiful prose. A woman's hand trailing blood in the snow, a lovely, sleeping beauty on board a plane, a man in Rome with a small coffin containing his daughter's body... These stories have a light touch-- they get your interest and entertain you! No need for me to go on... check it out for yourself!
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Although these stories were at time confusing, I kept feeling like I needed to read them again. Each time I finished a story, I felt like the characters needed to be heard over and over, that if I closed the book, their individual fears would take over them. It is rare that books can convince you of a fictional character's reality. I read this book for a summer reading project going into 12th grade and wondered after finishing it 'why did they wait so long to assign this? Why didn't I read it on my own?' Awesome book, definitely a must-read.
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True to form, Marquez writes beautifully. He is blunt with his words in such a way that ties them together purely. You feel as though you are in the stories, not simply imagining them. In a way, these stories are like a good mystery or even horror film; you know something isn't quite clear, yet you continue to watch because it all comes together in the right way. These stories leave you with a just a bit more insight into people and human nature. They leave you satisfied, which, in my opinion, is the sure sign of great writing.
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First book I ever read by GGM, and it packed a whallop!
Here are stories that seem to prove that to be human is to be in touch with magic. His voice is like no one else's, like some kind of rebel or radical, free of the constraints of society. I was refreshed by his individuality, his rather sweetly humorous take on the tragic foibles of man.
After this, I read almost everything else he authored. I encourage all readers to get this book and read it now!
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