Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In Evil Hour takes place in a nameless Colombian village. Someone has been placing satirical pasquinades about the town, outlining the locals' shameful secrets. Some dismiss these as common gossip. However, when a man kills his wife's supposed lover after reading of her infidelity, the mayor decides that action is called for. He declares martial law and sends soldiers (really just armed thugs) to patrol the streets. He also uses the 'state of unrest' as an excuse to crack down on his political enemies.
When I first heard the title I thought it might have something to do with the Robbert Burns poem To A Mountain Daisy but it is actually about a South American town, the judge, mayor, dentist, politics, revolutionaries and is written in that beautiful Marquez meandering way. If you read Love in the Time of Cholera you will know the way his words are so simple but create a perfect picture of life in far off places.
Have a fabulous day!