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'NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL...'

No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories - Gabriel García Márquez
  "NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL AND OTHER STORIES" is made up of 10 short stories, each more fantastic than the one that preceded it. Of the 10, my favorite was 'No One Writes to the Colonel' which provides the reader various glimpses into the lives of a colonel from Colombia's Thousand Day War (1899-1902) and his wife, amid the colonel's longstanding hope and expectation of receiving through the mail (which only arrives by boat once a week on Friday) his belated pension. This would prove to be a 60 year wait for the old colonel, who lived a rather threadbare existence in a small town near Colombia's Caribbean coast.

The other short stories focus on the lives of various people, rich and poor alike, in a Colombia that at times seems more mystical than real.

Sometimes the stories would drone on a bit. But I'm glad I read "NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL AND OTHER STORIES" and have no intention to read it again. (Previously, I had read several years ago, Gabriel García Márquez' novels 'The General in His Labyrinth' and 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' - both of which I enjoyed reading very much, because each of them fed deeply into my imagination and thrilled it.)