Thursday, 2 September 2010

Strange Pilgrims

by Gabriel García Márquez

In early 1990s, I saw the Cuban/Mexican film El verano de la señora Forbes based on a short story from this collection. I thought the film was good, but reading Miss Forbes’s Summer of Happiness made me understand that only some of the possibilities suggested by the short story were realised in the movie.

In hands of a great master, each of twelve stories here could be made into a full-blown novel (or a movie, for that matter). But it takes a true genius to make and leave them short.

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