Strange Pilgrims: Twelve Stories
These twelve extraordinary stories by South America's preeminent man of letters, the Nobel Prize-winning author of the renowned classic One Hundred Years of Solitude and the international best-seller Love in the Time of Cholera, are set in contemporary Europe and recount the peculiar and amazing experiences that befall Latin Americans visiting or living abroad. An ailing Caribbean ex-President is befriended in Geneva by an ambitious ambulance driver and his headstrong wife. Margarito Duarte comes to Rome from the Colombian Andes with a box the shape and size of a cello case in order to show the Pope its contents. A woman who wears a snake ring with emerald eyes and is known only as Frau Frieda to the Latin American students in Vienna makes a living by telling her dreams to wealthy families. A pretty Mexican music hall performer is returning to Barcelona when her car breaks down, and she ends up in an insane asylum. In Tuscany, a vacationing family visits a Renaissance castle now owned by a famous Venezuelan writer and meets up with a phantom. Maria dos Prazeres, once Barcelona's most sought-after lady of the night, has a dream in which death appears, so she begins to plan her own funeral. A widow dressed in the habit of Saint Francis sails to Rome from Argentina to meet the Pope. A beautiful Caribbean boy is driven mad in Spain. A German governess destroys the summer for her wards - and is herself destroyed. Billy Sanchez takes his pregnant wife with a cut on her ring finger to a hospital in Paris - and never sees her again. Once again in this breathtaking collection, Gabriel Garcia Marquez invites us into worlds of majesty and magic, from which we emerge spellbound.
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24. Strange Pilgrim: 12 Short Stories, by Gabriel Marquez. 190 pages. Marquez writes a lot of short stories, I’ve discovered, and this is part of his life work. Some of the stories are extraordinary, as in the one wherein an angel is found on earth and locked by its discoverers in a shed in the back of their property. When the angels wings heal and grow back, he flies away one day. Fascinated? It really was a good short story! Others are not so good. Overall, a ***Three Star collection.
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This book describes (in Gabo's way) the contrast between European and Caribean culture. There's this constant tension between the rational (europe) and irrational (carribean). Thats why I picked it up ... Read full review
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