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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Turns 85


My favorite writer of all time is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and today he turns 85. He’s the guy that made me want to be a writer in the first place. Probably a lot of people, both Latinos and non-Latinos, feel this way. Not that I could ever hope to write a sentence as good as his worst one, but still I try. Marquez has had a lot of praise heaped on him over the years, including a Nobel Prize. His books are both wonderfully complex and ultimately accessible. I first read “A Hundred Years of Solitude” in English and then I went back to the original Spanish text. If you are a fluent Spanish reader I would urge you to read his stuff in its original language. Only then do you get the original rhythms of his prose, which are friggin’ magical.

Here he is discussing his most famous book, “Love in the Time of Cholera”. Based loosely on the love affair of his own parents, the story tells of two people who belong together who fight that reality for decades. It’s funny, touching, fantastical, and moving. If you haven’t read it, I suggest…no…order you to go pick it up right now.

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