Gabriel García Márquez has passed away at 87

Everyone reads One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera but actually my favorites are some of the early short fiction and also News of a Kidnapping [Noticio de un Secuestro], plus the unfinished autobiography.

The NYT obituary is here.


I like La Mala Hora y Hojarasca, two short and not very well known stories. Maybe they are not among his best. I ignore the name of those in english, sorry.

100 years was a memorable read.


In 1983, I started a bookstore with a couple of friends of mine. It was intended to be simply a used book store. However, after about a month, I decided to have a shelf of a few of my favorite books that were in pocketbook form near the cash register. I'd had a section of new philosophy and critical theory books at my previous bookstore job that was doing quite well, so I decided to give this a shot. The very first book that came in was One Hundred Years of Solitude. From that first title, the bookstore eventually developed a very large new book collection. One Hundred Years of Solitude was like a potent seed for my store, and, based on the thousands of copies we sold of it over the years, I can verify that's what kind of book it was, i.e., a book so wonderful that it led people to value reading more and expand their reading horizons. A magical book indeed.

Team Tracy all the way! #HIMYM

I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude, didn't like Love in the Times of Cholera or Chronicle of a Death Foretold, but my personal favorite is The Autumn of the Patriarch. I worry it's unstranslatable, though.

I did enjoy Chronicle of a Death Foretold for a deeper examination of Latin American culture, religion, and class issues. Even from a Mexican American family it was eerily resonant with a culture a thousand miles away.

typical hipster-type post... "I liked him before he was cool."

I like his obscure stuff, not what everyone else liked.

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