Away from Colombia my native country, I had the chance to read this book. It made me go back to those days and bring back the memories of the news casts, the newspapers and the events that were hitting our country. Garcia Marquez gives a deep view of those days, those events. Reading his book was like reviving the history of those years. Outstandlingly documented, he links all these characters to depict one more sad chapter in our contemporary history, keeping every reader tied to each of its pages until the end. Five stars are not enough.
I have read this book three times. Why? Because my mother was one of the journalists that were kidnapped. Her name is Maruja Pachon and she was held for more than six months. If you want to have an idea of what a terrible ordeal we colombians have faced in our fight against drug-trafficking, do read this book. Nothing in it is made up, trust me. I'm one of the characters in it. If you want to comment the book with me please write me an e- mail.
Como enfrentar una realidad tan dura y devastante, llena de olor a sangre, odio y muerte sin estar alli? Como sentir en carne viva la agonia de la democracia amenazada por el mal sin tener que verlo en carne viva? Solo hay un camino, lea este libro. Garcia Marquez ha refabricado este mundo con tal maestria que usted habitara, comera y llorara junto a un pais que dolorosamente se desangra...una obra maestra!
Es un maravilloso relato periodistico en el cual Gabo ha hecho uso de un lenguage y una narrativa tan descriptiva que el lector se siente parte del secuestro y protagonista principal de una de las mas trascendentes decadas en la Historia Colombiana. MMV-