Fall 2015 Reading Challenge: Day 55 Part 2, One Hundred Years in Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The last book for the Fall 2015 Reading Challenge is One Hundred Years in Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book was first published in Argentina in 1967 and translated into English in 1970. 214 more words


A limited acquaintance: Latin American writers

My acquaintance with the literature of Latin America is very limited: I’m familiar with some of the novels of the Columbian Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the short stories of the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. 422 more words


Lanark, Alasdair Gray

After the action is set on a depressing pub, (where else could any story worth telling set in Scotland take place?) very soon two characters are highlighted from the rest: Sludden, a pure hedonist living life to the limit and beyond and Lanark, our main character, who appears to be lost, humble, not happy but just contented. 1,032 more words


My very own Eden Project (and not a glass dome in sight)

My son Eden has just found out the destination of his first voyage since starting his cadet-ship in the Merchant Navy. It took some adjustment when he first left home a few months ago, but at some point in February he’ll be heading off to South America – and there I was thinking Newcastle felt a million miles away! 149 more words


Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude

At that time Colonel Aureliano Buendia took the time to send a detailed account to Macondo every two weeks. But only once, almost eight months after he had left, did he write to Úrsula. 744 more words


Vargas Llosa Rejuvenecido

Como Uds. pueden ver, Vargas Llosa tiene algo en común con Oscar Wilde: le gustan las mujeres con pasado. Yo no resisto la tentación de imaginar a Octavio Paz, Gabriel García Marquez y Jorge Luis Borges -mis favoritos – alrededor de una mesa repleta de vinos, coñacs y oportos, degustando unos habanos Cohiba cortesía de Fidel Castro, haciendo mofa de las vicisitudes del compadre Don Mario por los garitos del jetset madrileño abrazando a Isabel Preysler como si se tratase de Scarlett Johansson, gritando a los cuatro vientos que ahora, a los 79 años de edad, es más feliz que nunca antes en su vida. 109 more words

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

My Lesson in Spanish

OF ALL MY HEROES, from those who fought on the battlefields, to those who elevated sport from the banal to the artistic, to those who wrote prose and poetry that attacked my sensibilities, perhaps the greatest of them is Christopher Hitchens. 4,732 more words

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