Chronicle of a Death Foretold tells the story of a murder everyone knew was about to happen, didn’t believe it would, and didn’t quite prevent it. The tale is told from the perspective of one of the victim’s friends, who decides to chronicle the incident some many years later.
This is probably one of Márquez’s more lucid works, and it’s a great place to start if you’re thinking of venturing into reading him. The book is thin, the story is told quite clearly, and there are no endless sentences to wrap your head around. Yet, while possibly real, the tale is also bizarre and poetic in a way and may well give you a hint at the typical madness of Márquez’s writing. And because it isn’t complex, you won’t feel as if you’ve come out with a massive headache after.