Gabriel Garcia Marquez for me is reality, unlike the ‘magical realism he is famous for’. Being the Nobel Prize winner in the year 1982, he was described as the ‘greatest Colombian who ever lived ‘by the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. But on the other hand as said, Gabo was not just an expert in using magical elements and events in otherwise usual and ordinary situations, but also in magically alluring readers with his eerily words. Marquez wrote about love, war, poverty, politics, oppression, and so many other things that all people of the world can associate themselves with. The passion, craziness, corruption and superstition of the people of Latin America found place in his work.
“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This is why I call the man of magic very real, because when you read Marquez; you are there, in fact beyond there and never here. These are some novels you should never miss as a reader.
1. The Autumn of the Patriarch
‘One of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s most intricate and ambitious works,’ The Autumn of the Patriarch’ is a brilliant tale of a Caribbean tyrant and the corruption of power’ says even the publisher. The book is a supreme polemic, a spiritual exposé, an attack against any society that encourages or even permits the growth of a monstrosity. He has added to these times of his own life fragments from the long history of dictators–the deaths of Julius Caesar and Mussolini, the durability of Stressed, the wife-worship of Perón, what seems to be a close study of the times of Trujillo and the United States and English gunboat-puppeteering of so many bestial morons into the dictator’s palace. He has absorbed and re-imagined all this, and more, and emerged with a stunning portrait of the archetype: the pathological fascist tyrant. Moreover, the book is considered his best, even better than the celebrated ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude.’
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude
“He dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her. Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing, and that was how in the ripeness of autumn she began to believe once more in the youthful superstition that poverty was the servitude of love. Both looked back then on the wild revelry, the gaudy wealth, and the unbridled fornication as an annoyance and they lamented that it had cost them so much of their lives to find the paradise of shared solitude. Madly in love after so many years of sterile complicity, they enjoyed the miracle of living each other as much at the table as in bed, and they grew to be so happy that even when they were two worn-out people they kept on blooming like little children and playing together like dogs.” The novel always remained a masterpiece.One Hundred Years of Solitude, then, is partly an attempt to render the reality of Garcia Marquez’s own experiences in a fictional narrative. Its importance, however, can also be traced back to the way it appeals to broader spheres of experience. One Hundred Years of Solitude is an extremely ambitious novel and a must read too.
3. Love in the Time of Cholera
” He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” With such a precision over life, the novel’s most prominent theme suggests that lovesickness is a literal illness, a plague comparable to cholera. Florentino Ariza suffers from lovesickness as one would suffer from cholera, enduring both physical and emotional pains as he longs for Fermina Daza. In his fiction, the colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez has created a magical world in which the characters are ruled by passion and ideas of honour; they inhabit a region cut off in ‘solitude’ from the rest of the planet. A region where the extraordinary is part and parcel of the everyday. That is exactly his success too, in wooing and luring his readers into a realm of unexplained satisfaction.