I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

Marquez?  He is just a reporter. Telling about life. From an almost objective point of view. The fact the life he is reporting about is something he had just conjured up in his brilliant mind an hour ago, and that the distanced point of view is just a cover for the huge emotions and depth which flow under the surface is another story altogether.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez
– 100 Years of genius

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."
 

Some writers are greater than life. Some are hiding from life. Some are life itself.
Marquez?  He is just a reporter. Telling about life. From an almost objective point of view. The fact the life he is reporting about is something he had just conjured up in his brilliant mind an hour ago, and that the distanced point of view is just a cover for the huge emotions and depth which flow under the surface is another story altogether.

The leaf storm, his first book, is quite remarkable piece of literature, if only for the fact that all the events of the novel take place in one room, during a half-hour period on Wednesday September 12, 1928. That in itself says it all.Without saying anything at all.

And this is one of marquez's biggest trade secrets (don’t tell anyone I told you)- the ability to create real facts to unreal stories in order to make them more believable and more accessible. It is an old journalistic trick he picked up in his years in the newspaper business I guess.

Marquez style was often described as 'magical realism' which does seem like a perfect fit, but there is a nice anecdote about it that demonstrates the south American origins of marquez and his writing, and why he is considered such an important figure in Latin American modern culture while in the rest of the world  he is but another writers. It was said (I don’t remember who, but one of his Spanish language colleges, while talking about the European literature market)

 
in south America, they see the reality because the magic is there, in Europe they see the magic but fail to see  the reality"
 

And that is so true. I see it here in Asia where I live.
Marquez writing was fantastical not because he had a freakishly strange imagination, but because he lives in an environment which is still fantastic in nature, as opposed the sterile , in all senses, western way of life. We need more of this fantastical way of life, if only for the reason it is so much more fun…

I probably read 100 years of solitude at least six or seven times. The first two or three like a normal person, from beginning to end, and the rest in small bits and installations through the years. It is like real history. You just open and point, and you find something interesting happening. Sometimes the thing happens in a courtyard or a traveling caravan, and sometimes it happens inside a man's chest, a woman's eye. Always something happening. Something to report in that poetic journalistic piece of everything's own story.

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

And as for "chronicle of death foretold"? I still remember the year the translation came out in my home town. I f I had a dime for every fledgling movie director telling me how this is the short film he really wants to do, well… well…actually I would have only five or six dimes, I don’t know THAT many film directors. But hey, I was sitting there suffering politely as they were chewing my ear of in their stoned ramblings, don’t I deserve at least five or six dimes?

I never really fell in love with marquez. I was always a bit skeptic. What is he doing? Where is this going to. And also after finished his first novel I wasn’t sure if he was actually a good writer. So immediately I read his second. And third. Am still not sure to this day. the fact I have read a lot of his works over and over again, am still very happy to choose his book from a pile if I have a chance, and that out of the fifteen books I take with me when I move country, two are his, doesn’t mean anything. Really.

 

"my heart has more rooms in it than a whore house"

 

Maybe I should read cholera again… just to be sure. Yes. That sounds like a good idea. Just to be sure.
and then  'chronicle of death foretold' of course.
now where did I put that copy of hundred years of solitude?

 
Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but...life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."