Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire III: Century of the Wind features a unique writing style. What are some key features of this style? How does it impact you as a reader?

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In Memory of Fire III: Century of the Wind, Eduardo Galeano adopts a poetic style similar to a storyteller even though he is describing historical events. Let's look at the features of this style in more detail to help you get started on this assignment.

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In Memory of Fire III: Century of the Wind, Eduardo Galeano adopts a poetic style similar to a storyteller even though he is describing historical events. Let's look at the features of this style in more detail to help you get started on this assignment.

As one example, we will turn to the first piece in the book, “The World Goes On,” which focuses on the response of the residents of San José de Gracia to the coming of the new century. Galeano dramatizes this event. He does not explicitly tell us that the residents are apprehensive or that they think that the world will end. Instead, he shows us through vivid language. Some people, he writes, go “on one last spree.” Others indulge in insults or kisses. Many go to confession, so many that the priest ends up “fainting from an indigestion of sins.” Notice the delightful metaphor. Galeano then builds tension for us so that we can feel something of what the people experience as they wait for the new century. We almost want to clench our teeth with them as they expect “the final blowout to arrive.” Then the author lets us down, just like the residents are let down as the clock strikes and the world does indeed go on.

We can see, then, how effective this poetic style is for us as readers, for we get a chance to enter into the event (which is Galeano's primary purpose). Now choose a couple more examples, and explain how the author's style contributes to your understanding and experience of those historical moments.

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