The General in His Labyrinth

The General in His Labyrinth

Book - 1990
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General Simon Bolivar, "the Liberator" of five South American countries, takes a last melancholy journey down the Magdalena River, revisiting cities along its shores, and reliving the triumphs, passions, and betrayals of his life. Infinitely charming, prodigiously successful in love, war and politics, he still dances with such enthusiasm and skill that his witnesses cannot believe he is ill. Aflame with memories of the power that he commanded and the dream of continental unity that eluded him, he is a moving exemplar of how much can be won--and lost--in a life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780394582580
Characteristics: 285 p. : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: General en su laberinto


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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.

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.

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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