Saturday, February 05, 2022

Beached ships in García Márquez's "Cien años de soledad" and Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go"

In Gabriel García Márquez's "Cien años de soledad" (1967), after many days wandering through a "región encantada", José Arcadio Buendía wakes up to a sunny morning and sees, far from the ocean, a ship: "Frente a ellos, rodeado de helechos y palmeras, blanco y polvoriento en la silenciosa luz de la mañana, estaba un enorme galeón español." Anachronistically, for me this galleon echoes the beached boat in Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go" (2005): "I could now see how its paint was cracking, and how the timber frames of the little cabin were crumbling away. It had once been painted a sky blue, but now looked almost white under the sky." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 February 2022)

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