Monday, April 21, 2014

R: Remembering...The Magic of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

By now lovers of books have heard the news that Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marques has died. I'm a huge fan of Marques's magical realism, so in his honor, I'm remembering him and sharing some famous quotes from him. I think this is fitting for the letter "R" because so much of Marquez's writing centered on memory and the act of remembering. This is particularly true in Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Love in the Time of Cholera is my favorite love story. I read it during the summer of 2007 while attending the Instituto de Cultural in Oaxaca, Mexico. At the time I was living in a small apartment with a local family. It was a magical summer and the perfect setting for reading a Marquez novel.
In Marquez's magical words:

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it."

"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves." Love in the Time of Cholera

"Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching." 

"He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past." Love in the Time of Cholera

There's a fabulous selection of Marquez quotes on Goodreads, but nothing can replace the experience of reading Marquez's books. They're simply magical. 

6 comments:

  1. Thank you Glenda! Loving this:
    "He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past." Love in the Time of Cholera

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  2. I had not heard about him so thank you for showcasing a new author for me. Will check out his books. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Given what I've read on your blog, I think you'll like Marquez's lyrical style.

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  3. Patrick Rothfuss was just talking about him. It for sure has my interest. I need to check out some of his work.

    Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

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    1. Thanks for mentioning Patrick Rothfuss. His books look like they'd appeal to my students. I need to read more fantasy, but it's not my go-to genre. That said, I like it when I read it!

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  4. GGM is one of my favorite authors! I hadn't heard he died. :( Sadness! Soooo amazing!

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