I read this novel which was written in spanish for part of my spanish A level course at school. I am now at university and have decided to do a topic about Garcia Marques as his work was so insperational to me. The novel portrays a poor mans strugle for survival and has a theme of poverty and deceipt running throughout the novel. The colonel is a symbol of hope whilst his wife is the complete opposite. The colonel waitsfor a letter that never arrives and at the end of the novel the colonel has to force himself to wake up to reality which is displayed by the ironic use of the word 'mierda' at the end of the novel. The imagery and language used in the novel is excellent and i would definatly recommend this novel.