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Sunday, December 5, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

'Page .Five

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SUNDAY MAGAZINE

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Autumn

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THE AUTU
PATRIARCH by
cia Marquez; tr
the Spanish by
bassa.
By TOM O'
WJITH THE nut
Autumn of
Gabrial Garcia
suddenly gained
tice in the liter,
many critics are
ready as a majo
Latirr American
usually tends to t
with a grain of
heaped on at lea
authors yearly.
Marquez, bowev
lades are well-d
The Autumn o
is a sprawling,
tured tale thatt
forth through t
despotic dictato
country on South
ribean coast. It1
discovery of the
Ton O'Conne
the Sunday M a
spent seven y e
America.

MN OF THE
y Gabriel Gar-
ranslated from j
Gregory Ra-
CONNELL
blication of The
the Patriarch
Marquez has:
widespread no-
ary world, and
hailing him al-j
r figure among
authors. One,
ake such praise
salt, as it is;
st half a dozen'
In the case of
ver, the acco-
eserved.
f the Patriarch
loosely struc-
drifts back and:
he life of the
r of a small
America's Car-
begins with the'
decaying corpse
41, a member of
gazine staff,
a r s in South

of the ruler (referred to only a's' incorporation of fantasy into the hours passed with clandestine
"the general") in the crumbling work. Mystical distortions of investigations, s e c r e t agree-
in f th nPid ptia l rP time dn the lau- w f nature ner-mtt omn heirs, of the re-'

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Gradually the narrative begins meate the general's world. He!l gime who were trying to gain times. Whether the author wants
to backtrack, randomly drifting ages through the lifetimes of' time by denying the rumors of us to remain so aloof from the
in and out of the general's life. several men-by the time heIhis death with all manner of general is hard to decide, but
We see him as a peasant revo- dies he is anywhere from 107 1 contrary versions, they brought is impossible to relate to such
lutionary catapulted suddenly to 232 years old (we are led to! his mother Bendicion Alvarado an unreal character on anything
into the presidency, controlled believe the latter figure is the out into the commercial district but an analytical level.
by foreign powers yet loved with clpser), and the general himself to show that she was not wear- Even the descriptions of the
almost religious devotion by the believes his life to be controlled ing a mourning face, they dress- general's final, senile days leave
masses. Palace intrigues soon by the cyclical passing of a ed me in a flowered dress like eus untouched. His time is spent
force him to learn the politics comet. He fathers hundreds of a chippy, sir, they made me wandering endlessly about the
of survival, and he deals ruth- children by dozens of concu- buy every piece of junk in the palace, writing notes to himself
lessly with those who plot bines, and all are born prema- stores in spite of me telling about things he may forget by
against him. This realization of ture after seven months of them no, sir, it wasn't a time the next day, waiting for the
his own strength gradually ef- pregnancy; at the same time for buying but for crying . . ." sea to return. He has become
fects a strong change in his his cattle give birth to calves Somehow this style of writing pathetic but we feel no relief or
simple attitudes and beliefs; he that come into the world al- consistently communicates Mar- sadness in his decline. Its as if
begins to work singlemindedly ready carrying a hereditary'quez' images and ideas more we are waiting for a rebirth in
on consolidating his rule against presidential brand. strongly than conventional forms the general's endless lifespan;
enemies both real and imag- would; the author's main fault, his death is difficult to accept
ied, until finally his power be- THE AUTHOR'S writing is if any, lies in being too over- for both us and his subjects
comes so all-encompassing that unconstrained-sentences run 3 powering. There is no subtlety even as we watch the sea take
it outdistances even his own on for pages at a time and he here; the manifestations of the its revenge on his decaying
control. I absfains from paragraph inden- general's strength are inevitab- body--
It should not be thought, how- tation, as well as quotation: ly awesome and brutal.
ever, that Marquez is simply marks for dialogue. Although "He had acquired the huge'
trotting out yet another rework-'events are for the most part CURIOUSLY, Marquez makes size of a drowned man in whose
ing of the tired old "absolute one feel neither hatred nor cracks and crannies parasitesy
p perceived through the general's .ty fo h h from the reefs at the bottom of
well-founded in an electic Writ- eyes, there are at times several ter. The general is a figure in the sea were proliferating . . .
ing style and fertile imagina- narrators in the course of a limbo, isolated from his people, but he was convinced that those!
tion, as evidenced by his adroit single sentence: "Many prudent seldom revealing his thoughts sproutings from reefs were only
- - - and never his feelings even to the first symptoms of the spoil-
those closest to him. It is diffi- taneous return of the sea that
cult to connect him to his ac- you people carried off, my dear
's a re no w CO m rad es tions, as we rarely see him or- Johnson, because seas are like
der them directly.. He seems to cats, he said, they always come
be for the most part a distorted home."

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