Márquez Covered

On the particular day I took this photo – as with most days in Britain – it was bleak outside, overcast, an intense cutting wind blowing as background noise.  I needed something to brighten up the day and an idea for a post as well to keep the blog ticking over.

Casting about the house I came across these colourful beauties and it took me down memory lane, remembering the jaunts in Márquez’s creations, his flair for the dramatic, and the stifling days in which so many of those memories take place.  Although whether it was the days in the book or in real life is sometimes hard to separate.

For those yet to discover the wonderful Gabriel García Márquez, I can only encourage you with some old reviews found elsewhere on this site, and with a wholehearted shove to that particular shelf in your local bookshop.  You won’t be disappointed wherever you start.

His particular brand of magical realism is both intense and imaginative, his characters all seem like their lives have been thoroughly lived by the author.  Márquez’s body of work is something to be marvelled at, and his two masterpieces – not featured above – One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Love in the Time of Cholera deserve a place on any reader’s shelf.

Whether visiting Macondo or one of the other mysteriously locationless places, the reader is transported into stories of real heart.  There is something uniquely South American yet universal in his themes, Márquez is one of those authors that should not be missed out on.

27 Replies to “Márquez Covered”

  1. I used to have the two, Love in the Time of Cholera and 100 Days of Solitude but we lost them during typhoon Ondoy back in 2009. I’d like to read the last one, Memories Of My Melancholy Whores.

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    1. The two you lost are his outstanding works but the rest are strong reads too. Memories Of My Melancholy Whores is a catchy title and I love the cover colour the most.

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  2. Absolutely not to be missed. I’ve devoured everything he’s every written and how I wish there was an endless number of his books. I am now forced to take it all slow because I do not want the magic to cease. That’s an awesome bedsheet you got there and what an amazing choice of colors for the photo.

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    1. I’m not one for collecting covers but I found these ones lovely so had to pick them up. I still have a few of his early works to read but excited to reread some too. The bedspread is still a Christmas one, a tad out of date now.

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  3. Marquez and Borges are probably the two most renowned writers from South America. I’ve not read much of them, due to prejudice incurred by having a so-called friend try to force them down my throat. I’m trying to take your recommendations to heart and overcome my stubborn resistance to suggestion, because, after all, it’s not the writers’ faults!

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          1. It’s similar to the way in which Satan in “Paradise Lost” is more compelling than God, Michael, Christ, etc. It’s not so much that we prefer evil to read about as that the old adage “all drarma is conflict” is more often true when you have a dramatic baddie in the picture, and of course we prefer drama to stasis
            Just about the only thing you can say about God and cohorts in the Christian tradition is that they are good..

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            1. I need to read Paradise Lost still. I never seem to get myself a copy. Interestingly some would say that God isn’t good at all, its an interesting conversation or a blog post, but one for another day, I suspect.

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        1. On the same level there are a few writers but comparable, I don’t think there are any that can combine the brand of magical realism and emotional depth and dramatic flair of hos works.

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            1. Luckily the family is far enough away to just have to deal with some ash, which is just as well as we fly back in a few weeks. Everyone is doing well and continuing on as normal.

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