How to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez?
We’ve all heard about the beloved Colombian novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his magical pieces such as 100 years of solitude, Love in the time of Cholera and autumn of the Patriarch.
He defined a new style of writing named Magical Realism. It’s the magic which made the 100 years of solitude interesting when it was published in the 60s.
It’s always been a question that How can we read 100 years of solitude and understand it?
There is a strategy which makes you mentally prepared to read this masterpiece unless you’re going to miss the joy of such a great book.
If you are new to the Marquez’s style, so you probably won’t understand the purpose of the book, so you should follow the instructions below in order to get prepared:
First step: short stories
It’s the best way to start reading Marquez; he’s not using Magical Realism or any complex innovation.
Some of them are empty from any magic but you’ll face some magic in others such as a Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Second step: simple novels
It’s time to start reading longer but not complex ones such as No One Writes to the Colonel.
A number of movies have been made of his novels, His famous book; Love in the Time of Cholera was also made into a movie in 2007.
Third step: reports
This part is a subfield of nonfictional literature. In these reports, you’ll read some stories based on reality. Marquez was a journalist his whole life and these stories are mainly related to his experiences.
You can read: News of a Kidnapping
Fourth step: 100 years of solitude
Now that you’ve been familiar with the style, it’s time to start this great book!
One Hundred Years of Solitude is the story of seven generations of the Buendía Family in the town of Macondo.The founding patriarch of Macondo, José Arcadio Buendía, and Úrsula Iguarán, his wife (and first cousin), leave Riohacha, Colombia, to find a better life and a new home.