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Book Reviews

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) - Shreya Sachdev

Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a 1981 novella written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which revolves around the murder of Santiago Nasar. This novella is particularly very interesting because of the way it is structured. This novella is structured in a non-linear manner, meaning that it starts off by telling us how the narrator views Santiago Nasar and how he believes his character to be. It then goes on and talks about a love affair between two people, then goes back to talk about the murder of Santiago Nasar, then back to the love affair between the two people, and then back to the murder. The reason for the structure is extremely interesting and Gabriel Garcia Marequez is able to keep tension and keep the reader held onto the book for quite a while. Interestingly enough, the love affair is crucial to understanding the murder, because it makes the audience skeptical of certain characters. the novella also explores many different themes such as gossip, roles of femininity and masculinity, honor, and ritual. I would give Chronicle of a Death Foretold an 8/10. 

Shreya Sachdev