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Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:10 AM

87 Years Of Solitude

87 Years Of Solitude

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87; he was one of the giants of modern literature, with a 1982 Nobel Prize and one undisputed classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude, the book that most people think of when they think of “magical realism” — and even if that term maybe gets over-used with other Latin American writers, it’s a fair cop for García Márquez. Weird stuff happens, and it’s just part of the everyday strangeness of life in his fiction — and besides, how weird is a levitating priest compared to the reality of South American politics and history? Also, he wrote one of the best first paragraphs of any novel:

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Col. Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of 20 adobe houses built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”


And of course there’s the idiotic U.S. ban on García Márquez, so that he wouldn’t be able to taint our innocent country with his dangerous leftist ideas and support for Cuba (except, of course, through his writing, but you if can’t punish books, at least you can beat up on the writer). There’s one more thing to thank Bill Clinton for: that travel ban was lifted in 1995 and Clinton invited García Márquez to visit him in Martha’s Vineyard.


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Sat Apr 19, 2014, 09:34 AM

1. some of the best writing ever!

"The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point," I was intrigued. When Ursula and Jose Arcadio Buendia, who are cousins, marry, but she refuses to sleep with her husband because she's afraid that they will have a child with a pig's tail, her husband says, "I don't care if I have piglets as long as they can talk." And later: "If you bear iguanas, we'll raise iguanas."

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Sat Apr 19, 2014, 05:42 PM

2. Fox News made the guy out a commie.

Amid Praise For Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Criticism Over His Bond With Fidel Castro

By Elizabeth Llorente
Published April 18, 2014, Fox News Latino

Many lavished praise upon Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, who died Thursday at the age of 87, recalling his mark on the literary world and how he bolstered Latin American works.

But others reacted with bitterness and condemnation over the Nobel laureate who was vocal and adamant about his disdain for the U.S. government and his fondness for Cuban leader Fidel Castro, with whom he enjoyed a close friendship.

Detractors posted quotes by García Márquez, a self-styled socialist, expressing admiration for Castro, and affection for the Communist leader he depicted as a gentle soul.

“Here's hoping that Fidel Castro and #GabrielGarciaMarquez are soon reunited,” tweeted Tony Hernandez, co-founder of the Immigrant Archive Project and president of the Latino Broadcasting Company. “While the world mourns a literary great, I recall a Communist who defended the indefensible abuses of Fidel Castro. #GabrielGarciaMarquez”

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos tweeted: “The most difficult thing to understand about García Márquez was his friendship and support of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.”



Plain as every word he wrote: The guy was all about freedom.

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