Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

1) “Many of those who were on the docks knew that they were going to kill Santiago Nasar.”

2) “No one even wondered whether Santiago Nasar had been warned, because it seemed impossible to all that he hadn’t.”

3) “‘You always have to take the side of the dead.’” – Luisa Santiaga

4) “‘I’ve been going from town to town looking for someone to marry.'” – Bayardo San Román

5) “‘Love can be learned too.'” – Pura Vicario

6) “‘Just imagine, I would have been happy even if he hadn’t come, but never if he abandoned me dressed up.'” – Angela Vicario

7) “She looked for it in the shadows, she found it at first sight among the many, many easily confused names from this world and the other, and she nailed it to the wall with her well-aimed dart, like a butterfly with no will whose sentence has always been written.”

8) “And that thought frightened her, because she’d always felt that only children are capable of everything.”

9) “I remember thinking that distress like theirs could only be put on in order to hide other, greater shame.”

10) “‘Don’t beat it to death, cousin. He was the one.'” – Angela Vicario

The storytelling exposed the details of the murder layer by layer like an onion. In the end, it really was a chronicle of a death foretold. The last time I’d finished a book so fast was Piranesi.

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