A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What special powers do some people think the old man has in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"?

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Some people have exalted ideas about the strange old man who has landed, believing he is supernatural, or filled with "human truth"; others feel he is "a cataclysm in repose."

In this magical realist story, Marquez writes of a strange being who becomes subject to the interpretation of those who view him. After a severe storm, one of the main characters named Pelayo finds on his property an aged man, dressed like "a ragpicker," lying facedown in the mud. In spite of the man's efforts, he is unable to lift himself because of his huge buzzard wings that impede him. Terrified by this creature, Pelayo runs to his wife Elisenda, who looks at him for a long time. Then, they speak to this man and he...

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