Gabriel García Márquez is an author I’ve come across time and time again, since I entered the book blogging world, and I’ve always known I needed to read him at some point. But his ‘big’ novels looked a little intimidating! So when I came across this novella on Eva’s site towards the end of last year I knew I this was the entry book I was looking for!
Returning to his home town some twenty years after the murder of Santiago Nasar, our narrator attempts to unravel what happened on the fateful day, and why a whole town could have been aware of what was about to happen and yet do nothing to stop it.
It’s an examination of (and I suspect criticism of) machismo.The two brothers that carry out the murder, do so, more because tradition dictates they must avenge their sisters ‘honour’ than any real wish to carry out such an act.
This is a murder mystery that is more about how it can have happened, than the who, and why.
Everything I’ve been told about the wonderfulness of Márquez’s writing is true, and I’ll certainly be attempting one of his longer works in the near future!
‘The truth is I didn’t know what to do,’ he told me. ‘My first thought was that it wasn’t any business of mine but something for the civil authorities, but then I made up my mind to say something in passing to Placida Linero.’ Yet when he crossed the square, he’d forgotten completely. ‘You have to understand,’ he told me, ‘that the bishop was coming that day.’