My review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold will likely be very, very short. I remember appreciating the subtle wittiness of this book … and not much else. I’m sure there will be many, many other readers that will disagree with me. Perhaps because the events around me or happening in my life around the time that I read Chronicle of a Death Foretold were so chaotic – the height of COVID worldwide, I was inoculated against the drama of this book. I forgot much of the plot. It was not as impressionable to me as the title suggested. Like most of Garcia Marquez’s books, Chronicle of a Death Foretold tells the happenings of a fictional town somewhere in Hispania, i.e. Colombia or Colonial Spain. One of its citizens, Santiago Nasar, has an infamous reputation. His “widely foreseen” death gives the book its title and leads readers through a maze of intrigue and domino effect tragedies that ripple through the community.
Gabriel Marquez, Garcia. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. New York: Vintage, 7 October 2003.