In 1949, Dana Gioia reflected on the significance of Gabriel García Márquez’s narrative style when he accurately quoted, “[it] describes the matter-of-fact combination of the fantastic and everyday in Latin American literature” (Gioia). Today, García Márquez’s work is synonymous with magical realism. In “Un Señor Muy Viejo con Alas Enormes,” the tale begins with be dramatically bleak fairytale introduction:
“On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside the house that Pelayo had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them into the sea, because the newborn child had a temperature all night and they thought it was due to the stench. The world had been sad since Tuesday” (García Már...
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...n practice; and suffering is impartial. The acclaimed novelist’s use of various literary devices such as irony and anthropomorphism conflate with his melancholic tone and third-person narrator to create an unconditional fairytale of sorts. “Un Señor Muy Viejo con Alas Enormes” displays one of Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s best efforts at narrating from linear perspective, which makes the short story more comprehensible for the reader and audience.
Gioia, Dana. "Gabriel García Márquez and Magic Realism." Essays by Dana Gioia. Dana Gioia, 2009. Web. 05 Dec. 2013.
Swanson, Philip. "The Critical Reception of Garciá Márquez." The Cambridge Companion to Gabriel Garciá Márquez. New York: Cambridge UP, 2010. 25-40. Print.
García, Márquez Gabriel. "Un Señor Muy Viejo Con Alas Enormes." Todos Los Cuentos. Bogotá: Editorial Oveja Negra, 1986. 215-21. Print.
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