Literature Trick Question

Maybe the greatest work of magic realism is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.  Marquez won the Nobel Prize after writing it, and Oprah later picked it for her classics book club.  Here’s the famous first line:

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. 

Now here’s a trick question that should help you think about the nature of magic realism and better understand Marquez’s book: does this first line occur in the past, present, or future? 

 

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One comment on “Literature Trick Question

  1. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aurelian Buendia was to remember – future

    that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice – past

    Except you don’t really know what the “later” is later than..so I would take the sentence to be placed in some kind of present, but I would really need an explanation from Dr. Who.

    I remember gradually abandoning this book.

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