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It is one among the Gabriel Garcia Marquez best novels. It is a fictionalised account of a liberator and leader of Gran Colombia, Simon Bolivar. Breaking the traditional hero portrayal, the book is different yet relatable.
What makes this book stand out?
It is an interesting historical novel that tells a real life incident in simple yet beautiful words.
Read it for
The tragic story of a hero is beautifully told through the magical words of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book is dense with historical events and deft characterisation.
Don't read it for
The book doesn’t do justice for the two years of research Gabriel Garcia Marquez did for the book. The book simply fails to entertain after a certain point.