Excerpt: Cien Años de Soledad

Page 195, General Moncada

“Lo que me preocupa — agregó — es que de tanto odiar a los militares, de tanto combatirlos, de tanto pensar en ellos, has terminado por ser igual a ellos. Y no hay un ideal en la vida que merezca tanta abyección.”

 

English translation by Ryan 

“What worries me”, he added, “is that because of  your opposition to the military, your hate and your focus towards them has caused you to become like them. There’s not a belief system in the world that deserves such degradation.”

 

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Book Review: The Fly on the Wall

The Fly on the Wall, written by Tony Hillerman.

The beginning of this mystery thriller was slow, but it soon became riveting and suspenseful, with chase scenes, murder plots, and good old fashioned politics.

John Cotton slowly unravels the truth behind a commercial conspiracy to steal millions of dollars, and soon becomes the target of an unknown entity whose politics and pilfering he must publicize.

 

“Cotton watched, fascinated. He felt no panic now. Instead, for the first time in his life, he knew the complete measure of fear.” (173)

” ‘…would you publish that story knowing what I’ve told you?’ ‘I don’t know ,’ Cotton said. ‘Not for sure. I’d have to think about it. But I guess I would. Who am I to be judge and jury? I don’t think I’d have the right not to print it.’ ” (325)