Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings." Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

10-second review: Pelayo finds a man with wings lying face down in the mud. He is an angel but the mud has prevented him from flying. The angel becomes a sort of freak show as Pelayo keeps him in a chicken coop and everyone comes to see him. In the spring, he begins to sprout new wings and flies away.

Comment: I guess this story is an example of what Marquez calls “magic realism,” improbable events in a realistic setting. I suppose it’s funny. RayS.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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