born on March 6, ; Columbian novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and journalist; considered as one of the most significant writers of. Gabriel García Márquez’ BALTHAZAR’S MARVELOUS AFTERNOON An analytical review By Kenny Beachmount Márquez’s story about a poor. Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon has 39 ratings and 6 reviews. Gün İlke said: Kitap ‘da basılmış ve daha sonra tek kitap olarak basılan Albay’a Mektu.

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I thought this would be a story similar to Gogol’s ‘The Overcoat’ but it took a different direction in the end.

Notify me of new comments via email. Why does he say that the rich “are sick, and they are going to die” ? Balthazar hung it under the eave, from force of habit, and when he aftetnoon lunch everyone was already saying that it was the most beautiful cage in the world.

Could also refer to monkeys native to South America: No one understands or can appreciate his decision- that is why he lies to people outside Montiel’s house zfternoon he has got a good price for the cage.

If a reader can gasp it, I think he wont complain about this story been too simple or whatever. They advocated an aesthetic that favoured the representation of the sub conscious.

Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon () – Plot Summary – IMDb

A zfternoon blocks from there, in a house crammed with equipment, where no one had ever smelled a smell that couldn’t be sold, he remained indifferent to the news of the cage. He found himself delighted to know that he could use the certain situation for a greater purpose then on, though he has to pretend.


Giraldo suggests that the cage has been made according to specifications. What do these ideas and images point toward? The loss of his shoes? The reader left sensing that when Balthazar wakes up he will also dislike himself for his actions. What does that threaten? For him, accustomed to making cages since childhood, it had been hardly any more difficult than the others.

His wife looked at him perplexedly. Is he a good merchant? Be the first to ask a question about Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon. It is also clear to the reader that Balthazar loses the run of himself when he is talking to the people in the pool hall.

Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon by Gabriel García Márquez

And then, turning toward Jose Montiel, “Pepe ordered it. How is he paying?

Irish rated it it was ok Nov 11, He did marvepous even know that for some. Balthazar, the wise one, is the only person who, through his single spontaneous act of generosity subverts the place of money in social transactions.

Weatherdem’s Weblog Bridging climate science, citizens, and policy. It is used to challenge the mind of young students. For him accustomed to making cages since childhood, it had hardly been more difficult than the others. Rootgilmore’s Blog flash fiction. Third, to even got drunk and paid drinks for everyone just for them to think and believe he really earned money from Mr.


The German art critic Franz Roh first introduced this term in to describe a form of literature and painting where the conscious and sub-conscious elements are joined together.

I’m not a Literature major. The story ends with Balthazar lying drunk on the street after a night of celebration with the townsfolk. Doctor Giraldo’s almost poetic description is in sharp contrast to the function of the cage, meant to keep birds locked up.

Balthazar is the Christ-like figure through whose character Marquez conveys the moral in the story. His physical appearance is similar to a priest’s, as Ursula remarks. Yet ironically he has a dislike for rich people. Marquez was born in in Aracataca, a small town near the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Afterrnoon plan marvrlous an ironic comment on the nature of mass production, as opposed to the uniqueness of an artist. Octavio Giraldo who wishes to buy it for his wife who remains unwell but is fond of keeping birds in cages.

If anything Balthazar has forgotten his ideals. Don’t miss the irony in the comparison with a gigantic ice factory.

Feeling happy and carefree he comes out and informs the crowd that he has sold it to Chepe Montiel for sixty pesos. Everybody has their story to tell. Edit Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon