Strange Pilgrims Paperback – Nov 4 1994
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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.
From Library Journal
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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HE SAT ON a wooden bench under the yellow leaves in the deserted park, contemplating the dusty swans with both his hands resting on the silver handle of his cane, and thinking about death. Read the first page
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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.
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.
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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I read this collection probably almost 10 years ago and I still remember details of many of the stories. My favorite is the one in the airplane. Read morePublished on March 24 2013 by Anon
The stories in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's book are so beautiful. He has managed to write stories about things that people go through in life but in a way that no one could describe. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by natalie
Where is the name of the translator anywhere in this listing or the excerpted pages? Is it the great Gregory Rabassa, recipient of a lifetime achievement award from PEN? Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Bear in the Canyon
I have a soft spot for Garcia Marquez, but really, these are unforgettable.Published on Sept. 27 2001 by Julie S.
While they are a wee bit on the light side, these stories are extremely powerful. The prose simply pulls you in, and by the end you are left exhausted. Read morePublished on April 21 2001
This is truly a book for all people of all ages, there are magical aspects of every story, which are great for childrens imaginations. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2000