March 6, 2003

Really, Just One More Thing.

Happy Birthday to Gabriel García Márquez, prolific Colombian writer and member of the Latin American “boom” movement. If I recall correctly from my Latin American lit class, for awhile in the 20th century, book publishing was a bit dry and then boom! a whole slew of new modernist writers appeared on the scene. García Márquez, of course, was one of them.

Some would argue that his magnum opus is One Hundred Years of Solitude, the story of the Buendía family in the fictional village of Macondo, written in the style later dubbed “magic realism.” Aside: There’s a coffeehouse in the Mission district named Cafe Macondo on 16th and Guerrero! For serious, brooding types.

Also to be read in one’s lifetime is his Love in the Time of Cholera, a story based on his own parents, of two old lovers reuniting after 50 years.

Read both as an undergrad and could not put them down. García Márquez is a master storyteller. Take him along for that 8-hour train ride in Europe. You won’t regret it.

Okay, good night (really).


One Response to “”

  1. naperuale Says:

    For sure, Garcia Marquez is one of the best writers of the 20th century and my favorite latinamerican. I couldn’t put down ANY of his books!!!! I’m so much looking forward to read the last one, maybe you can borrow it later (although I have to warn you, I’ll get only the Spanish version!)Nice weblogs as always, entertaining and they always make better my days!

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