A fictionalization of the last journey of Bolivar, told with its folktale pacing and imparting melancholy and hope. Entertaining, if you like the style.
I didn't enjoy this as much as some of Gabriel's other novels- "one hundred years of solitude" and love in the time of cholera. Not knowing much about the history of south America probably didn't help. The writing is still wonderful, lyrical and entertaining though.
Simon Bolivar booted the Spanish out of New Granada (what is now Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador) and envisioned a United South America, yet the only South American history we're taught centers upon Pizarro and Cortez, two gold-crazed butchers. This is a great novel about what could have been and a giant of South American history.
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did, but Gabo's writing is as lyrical as ever. This novel follows the last weeks in the life of Simon Bolivar, the Liberator of South America from Spain, and how his dream crumbled as he lay dying. An amazing story.
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