Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America’s best-known writer.
His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.
Chilean novelist Ariel Dorfman says Marquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech was one of the author’s most important messages to the world.
"Garcia Marquez is speaking about all the people who are marginal to history, who have not had a voice," Dorfman says. "He gives a voice to all those who died. He gives a voice to all those who are not born yet. He gives a voice to Latin America."
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One of my favorite authors. Introduced to his work by his story Man with Enormous Wings but my favorite is Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Such a beautiful writer.
I loved the writing style most of all in this book. Very straightforward and yet poetic. The story moves along briskly but no love of language is lost. Also, I appreciate when an author delivers very little explanation about their universe but rather leave it up to the reader to believe in it. It was an engaging but tragic read in the end. I’ll find myself suggesting this one to a wide variety of readers.
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I am amazed by the prose of Richard Powers. He can make me swell with sadness in one moment and double over in laughter the next. This story was rich and entertaining. His style reminds me of Raymond Carver where I am in awe of the quotidian. I’m more interested in the human interaction than the looming world war in the story and he is too. I just can’t get enough of Richard Powers.
A tour of my bookshelves. Plus there’s a whole stack of ARCs by my bed!
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