I recently enjoyed reading Hundred Years' Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, which gave me a feel for Marquez's style. Autumn of the Patriarch takes what I consider his style to a much higher level. Without any paragraph breaks, quotation marks, and sentences on average a page long, this book is a challenging read. Add to that the changes to different character's perspectives and references to all sorts of events in different times, some that don't happen until later in the story, and this book paints the perfect picture of a mystical dictator, confused and royal and powerful and human. An awesome book!
Five stars is not enough: it needs seven or ten or even more. A truly marvelous experience; a novel on LSD. No discernible plot, but is nonetheless an apotheosis of narration. A dizzying torque of of words; a vertigo of each sentence (with a couple of exceptions). Each sentence, with a couple of exceptions starts out breathing and ends up choking the reader by entangling the reader's mind with a demonic braid of form and plot elements.
The novel was reputed to have 100 sentences: chapter 1, 29 sentences, ch. 2 - 23, ch 3 - 18, ch 4 - 16, ch 5 - 13, and ch 6 -1 sentence. But I counted them: ch 1 - 31, ch2 - 24, ch 3 -19, ch 5 -15, bringing the total to 106.
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