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Living to Tell the Tale


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Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez was born in Colombia in 1927. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love In The Time Cholera, The Autumn Of The Patriarch, The General In His Labyrinth, and News Of A Kidnapping. He died in 2014


In this first volume of a planned trilogy, Garcia Marquez, one of the most celebrated writers of our time, tells us the enchanting tale of his life, from his birth in 1927 to his proposal to his wife in the 1950s. Like his fiction, this absorbing memoir is written in his characteristically vivacious language and has the charm of live storytelling. The magic realist shares the stories of his family members, his friends and colleagues, and the many places, events, and books that have shaped him as a man and a writer. The portrayal of his much-loved homeland, Colombia; the story of his parents' forbidden love; and the account of the banana crisis that afflicted his country are among the most captivating moments, as are his revelations about how the word Macondo attracted his attention and how the vision of this town pursued him (and was later immortalized in One Hundred Years of Solitude). He also selflessly reveals that the names in his family made him believe that his characters "cannot walk on their own feet until they have a name that can be identified with their natures" and that he owes his way of thinking (and writing) to the women in the family who shared "their secrets, their sorrows, [and] their rancors" with him. What stands out and persists through these early years of poverty and struggle is this Nobel laureate's indomitable will to write. Powerful, brilliant, and essential. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/03; see also "Evolution of a Writer," p. 69.-Ed.]-Aparna Zambare, Central Michigan Univ. Libs., Mount Pleasant Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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