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Summary

Gabriel García Márquez’s most political novel is the tragic story of General Simón Bolívar, the man who tried to unite a continent.

General Simon Bolívar, known in six Latin American countries as the Liberator, is one of the most revered heroes of the western hemisphere; in García Márquez’s brilliant reimagining, he is magnificently flawed as well. The novel follows Bolívar as he takes his final journey in 1830 down the Magdalena River toward the sea, revisiting the scenes of his former glory and lamenting his lost dream of an alliance of American nations. Forced from power, dogged by assassins, and prematurely aged and wasted by a fatal illness, the General is still a remarkably vital and mercurial man. He seems to remain alive by the sheer force of will that led him to so many victories in the battlefields and love affairs of his past. As he wanders in the labyrinth of his failing powers - and still-powerful memories - he defies his impending death until the last.

The General in His Labyrinth is an unforgettable portrait of a visionary from one of the greatest writers of our time.

©1989 Gabriel García Márquez and the heirs of Gabriel García Márquez (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Dreadful narrator

Narration doesn't do it justice. Skip this and wait for a better recording. I finished it, and am not an ardent fan of the author, but the narrator is just amateurish, like a dead fish.

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  • 14-06-21

Narration didn't do justice to the story

The audiobook was hard to get through because the narration was stiff and awkward. The cadence was unnatural at times, and some words--English, not Spanish words--were pronounced incorrectly. Not well acted. I continued through to the end because Gabriel Garcia Marquez is my favorite author, and the story and language were imaginative and marvelous, as you'd expect. But the amaturish narration took away from the experience.

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