Living to Tell the Tale Book Summary and Study Guide

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Nobel author Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia, 1927)recreates his life in the mid fifties as he is employed by a newspaper to write reviews and study the works of William Faulkner. He writes about the lives of his parents, the time and place where he was born, the women he loved, and the most significant literary moments of his boyhood. The book is not an insight into the development of the craft of an author but the story of his country and how he lived through it.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Hispanic/Spanish Gender/Class story?    -   old people story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   Hispanic/Latinic Nationality    -   Central/South American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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