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Relato de un Náufrago

Relato de un Náufrago

Recalling a favorite book from childhood is easy; trickier is remembering your younger self’s exact reaction to it. We canvassed young readers from across the globe to find out what they thought of their latest summer read.

Name: Andres
Age: 14
Location: Mexico City
Reading selection: Relato de un náufrago, by Gabriel García Márquez

What was the book about?

The story was about a sailor from Colombia who was in a navy ship. A big wave crashes the ship and the sailor falls out of the ship, but another sailor sent a rescue boat. This sailor spends a few days in the rescue boat and he lives fantastic adventures. The problems of this story are the fish and the water, because the sailor spends eight days without these essential things.

The sailor finally catches a fish after five days without food. The fish make a movement then the fish is on board the boat, but suddenly a shark appears and takes the fish, and leaves the sailor with nothing.

At the end of the story the Colombian sailor had a good life with his wife and with his children and he was recognized as a hero.

I decided to read this book because the author is a great one. The story is not about the author; the sailor tells the story to the author and the author writes it, so with this point I would ask Gabriel what was the inspiration to write this wonderful story. I would ask him why, because not many authors write stories of this type.

One bad thing that happens in the book is that he had nothing to drink in the ocean, he couldn't drink the salt water because the salt makes that you lose water faster.

The second bad thing in the book was that the sailor had the opportunity to eat a fish and a seagull, but he couldn't eat the fish because a shark ate it, and he couldn't eat the seagull because he found it disgusting.

The last bad thing in this story is that he didn't know where he was going because a shark ate the oars.

Which character in this book was most like you?

There was only one character in the book, the sailor. He was like me because he felt bad for not helping his friend during the shipwreck.

Fill in the blanks:

I like books better than theatre, but I like tennis more than books.

If you were writing this book, how would you have ended it? 

He would reach an island where he would be rescued.

What do you think was the hardest part about writing this book for the author?

Writing such a harsh book in a familiar and friendly way for a kid like me.


TMN Editor Bridget Fitzgerald lives, works, and generally makes merry in San Francisco. More by Bridget Fitzgerald