This small Columbian town gives one a glimpse of Latin American history during the time of military dictatorships in which "seige, censorship, brutality, and state terrorism" are the norm. The story really begins with the posting of lampoons or posters repeating the gossip and tales publicly known by all who live here. What troubles the populace is who is posting the lampoons. I felt like I was walking through the dusty streets alongside Father Angel or the doctor and feeling the vague fear that they were feeling. Humans may react in violent ways as they cope with uncontrolled events. Such is the case here. The characters are complex and interesting. In addition, one questions the true motives of the mayor who seems to want to prevent violences from erupting. I understand that this book is an early novel and although this is my first read by the author I plan to read more of his work.
Been a while, but love all of Marquez books
The book precedes 100 Years of Solitude, which picks up many of the themes in this book. Set in a remote river town, the inhabitants are pestered by lampoons of rumors that have been pasted to their doors. The new dictatorexcuse me, the new mayor (incidentally also self-appointed sheriff)sets out to solve the crime after the prank leads to a murder. In the background is a potential uprising against the government. He purportedly solves the crime with a government cover up of the murder of a suspect in custody. Quick and easy to read, the story portrays corruption in government and commerce at its best.