Sidharth Vardhan

Chronicle of a Death Foretold – a review

Chronicle of a death foretold sidharth vardhan gabriel marquez review analysis
A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.Yet if everyone knew the murder…

(A review by Sidharth Vardhan
of 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' 
-  a novel by Nobel laureate  Gabriel García Márquez)

'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' is a journalistic account of a murder, and not at all detective-like at that. In very first pages both the murderers and the murdered are revealed. It is only the writing style of Gabriel Marquez that makes this average story so enjoyable.

, Gabriel put the Santigo's flip side in the very beginning and then goes on to reveal the motive of murder which makes you believe that the murder may have some justification. Slowly though we realize he probably didn't do the thing he was murdered for. The character gets more humane in later half; still, his behavior, especially in those last moments is strange.

The chronicle shows you the hollow nature of society. A really, really expensive marriage wouldn't survive a day. Angela Vicaro's writing letters to her husband for seventeen years is something so weird that you won't believe it to be real if you didn't know otherwise - especially because she didn't want to be married to him in the first place.

Then there is the fact that only hours before the murder, the murderers were celebrating with Santigo - as they were all best friends or the fact that Angela's marriage failed because she wasn't a virgin - and because she was too nice to hide it. Although, you can't forgive her for sacrificing an innocent guy to save her lover (if we choose to believe the narrator). It seems, and this is perhaps the biggest failure of society that Vicaro brothers wanted to be talked out of committing murder but due to one reason or other, the many people who had learned about their intentions did nothing (or very little) to stop them.

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