The lack in depth of narrative or characterisation results in a shortcoming, a dissatisfaction. It is the story of a young girl who accidentally burns down the desert home of her obese grandmother — and, as a result, is forced into the life of prostitution and slavery to repay her debt. But eventually, Erendira meets the young Ulises, and they plot to kill the grandmother. The abuse of Erendira by her grandmother: the beautiful Laura Farina dispatched by her own father to bestow sexual favours on Senator Onesimo Sanchez Death constant beyond love. Marquez, in his stories, is not condoning but highlighting the plights of young girls within the sex trade — the abuse is part of the patriarchal establishment, from family to politics to church.
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To ask other readers questions about Innocent Erendira and Other Stories , please sign up. See 1 question about Innocent Erendira and Other Stories…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Innocent Erendira and Other Stories. Garcia Marquez has his own genre to contend with and it's works such as these that make him a recognizable figure in your literary consciousness.
His short stories are fables and allegories This is like reading artwork. Dec 29, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: brazil-colombia , fiction. This collection of earlier work features stories abound with love affairs, ruined beauty, magical women, and perspectives on death.
Are all similar in style but only about half are really good, with Innocent Erendira the one stand out. You feel like most of these are rough idea's that would later show up in his full on novels and novellas.
You also know right from the off this is Marquez, that is of course, if you have already read him. For anyone that hasn't, this isn't a bad place to start be This collection of earlier work features stories abound with love affairs, ruined beauty, magical women, and perspectives on death.
For anyone that hasn't, this isn't a bad place to start before venturing off into his more recognizable work. I have always been enthralled with his style, not so much with some of his themes. He drags his heels through the dust at times with whimsical insights into the human condition, whilst playing around with your thoughts. This book is an odd assortment that the publisher mushed together. Also "Eyes of the Blue Dog", was pretty weak. Apart from that all stories are either three or four star standard.
His trademark 'magical realism' undergoes an acid trio in places, worthy or unworthy depending how you see it, similar to a William Burroughs or Hunter. Thompson, which is hit and miss, whilst death is something that plays heavy on most of the stories, he seems morbidly conscious of the deteriorating human body for some strange reason. Other things that show up, a doppelganger, surrealistic painters, and a bartender who falls for a whore. But it's the title novella that showcases his genius, about a ruthless grandmother pimping her granddaughter to obtain reparations for the house that was burned down due to the carelessness of the granddaughter.
There is sexual titillation and underlying themes of religion here, done in way much more richly textured and refined that the rest of the pack. As a whole this collection is down the pecking order compared to his most famous work, showing flashes here and there of what was to follow in later years, laying a marker down and confounding a Kafkaesque introspection perhaps best documented as experiments along the way.
I probably would have scored this a three overall had it not been for the title story. Put simply, this is a writer in the process of honing his skills. View 2 comments. Apr 14, Elsa Rajan Pradhananga rated it really liked it. Most of the stories are set in a blur between the real and unreal and without a reread, the subtle emotions evoked by most of these stories just kept ringing in the mind like the distant echo of a much loved song.
The story of the domestic and sexual exploitation of the 14 year old Erendira who is conditioned to obedience to her bitch of a grandmother felt like was a mad rush of words or rather an outline of a novel, which probably was why the author doesn't get explicit, idealize the prostitution or condemn it.
One thing leads to another and readers are left without the space to empathize with the victim or even feel an aversion for where the story is going. I enjoyed reading The Third Resignation that described the much shared fear of death, burial and solitude that follows and Someone Has Been Disarranging These Roses - one that traced observations, memories and needs from the other side of death.
In all, I felt that Innocent Erendira and Other Stories is a mixed bag of timeless stories with magic woven into poetic text. The third resignation. The woman who came at six o'clock it portrays the conflict between good and evil,the innocence of Jose a restaurant owner,and Reina a prostitute who used to come at the resta the theme common in most of these short stories is death Death constant beyond love about obsessiveness, political corruption and love that has no chance Eyes of a blue dog describes the feeling of loneliness and fear View all 7 comments.
Oct 25, Lavinia rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , short-stories , But I realise now what amount of work it takes to tell a story in only a few pages, to concentrate all the ideas you would put in tens or hundreds of pages supposed you were to write a novel in just a few paragraphs.
And sometimes, I guess, writing stories gives you the freedom of exploring new techniques - as in one of these stories, where the first full stop is actually at the very end and I had to read it in full speed, holding my breath. I finally made up my mind. Marquez kicks Pamuk's ass. Feb 27, Frankie rated it liked it Shelves: latino.
This is a good start for ggb readers. The title story, at 60 pages practically a novella, is beautiful. There is a series of vaguely-connected shorts on the blur between sleep and death in the middle of the collection. These I didn't enjoy. The stream-of-consciousness technique and inner-dialogue made them difficult to follow. Especially "Eyes of a Blue Dog" — read it! This amazing book brings together the short novel that gives the book his name,and six more fantastic short stories.
Each of them a masterpiece on their own,all of them world famous. It's hard for me to pick a favorite from this collection,or from any other by Garcia Marquez,he's just such a good and powerful writer,a magician. I really enjoy and love the ending for the story "Blacaman el bueno,vendedor de milagros",I thought I was reading something from "The Arabian Nights". And that's the feel This amazing book brings together the short novel that gives the book his name,and six more fantastic short stories.
And that's the feeling you get after reading it,the magical realism,the miracles,the legends that come alive each time Marquez takes a pen. Even the titles are awesome: "Un senor muy viejo con unas alas enormes", "El ahogado mas hermoso del mundo", "Muerte constante mas alla del amor","El mar del tiempo perdido", "El ultimo viaje del buque fantasma". A classic of world literature! Nov 14, Michael Finocchiaro rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , short-stories , nobel-lit , columbianth-c.
For me, not one of the high points in Marquez work, the poor Erendira attempts to escape her fate as a prostitute in choosing a hapless guy who reminded me a little of Fabrice from Stendhal's Chartreuse de Parme to help her.
The other stories are ok as well. Yes, the writing is great, but the "sold into prostitution and wants out" trope feels a bit worn to me at least in this tale. It almost read like a linked short story collection, even though I don't think GGM ever deliberately published this particular set of stories as a collection.
I find GGM so funny at times I feel like it is hard to translate his humor into English? Still, the image of a "sea that smells of roses" is one for the ages Nicely sadistic twist ending.
The climax—when the grandmother gets stabbed and starts spurting green blood, "like mint filling"—is so epic. Bonus points for being short.
Innocent Erendira and Other Stories
More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. While her grotesque and demanding grandmother retires to bed, Erendira still has floors to wash, sheets to iron, and a peacock to feed. The never-ending chores leave the young girl so exhausted that's he collapses into bed with the candle still glowing on a nearby table - and is fast asleep when it topples over.
The never-ending chores leave the young girl so exhausted that's he collapses into bed with the candle still glowing on a nearby table - and is fast asleep when it topples over. Can the love of a virgin save the young whore from her hell? It shows what "fabulous" really means' Time Out. Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in Many of his books arepublished by Penguin.