The General in His Labyrinth

The General in His Labyrinth

Book - 1990
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Baker & Taylor
The tragedy of the real and the magic of the marvelous combine as the author recounts the final voyages of the great "liberator" of South America, Simon Bolivar

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1990.
ISBN: 9780394582580
0394582586
Branch Call Number: GAR
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 21 cm.

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1aa
May 31, 2016

A fictionalization of the last journey of Bolivar, told with its folktale pacing and imparting melancholy and hope. Entertaining, if you like the style.

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bookwormjeph
May 13, 2015

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.

vploscik Apr 17, 2014

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.

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wallyb
Jun 28, 2012

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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