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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Sad, but not unexpected news.

    BBC News - Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

    His books have given me endless hours of pleasure and have entertained, moved and provoked in equal measures. Someone important (although clearly not so important that I can remember their name) once said that García Márquez (known as Gabo) was the greatest novelist of the 20th century in the Spanish language. I'm sure there are some great contenders, but I'd argue that he was the greatest novelist of the 20th century. Period.

    The sadness of his death is certainly tempered by the fact that he lived 87 long years of productive, creative life; he wasn't short-changed, especially when you remember that for many of those years he was a six-pack-a-day smoker, prodigious drinker, and wasn't unfamiliar with a certain type of commercial establishment where ladies frequent.

    I hope his passing will encourage a few people to pick up one of his books and wallow in his genius for characterisation, flights of imagination and breathtaking descriptive powers. Try Love in the time of cholera, or One hundred years of solitude for a start, and then think on the talent and brilliance we have just lost.

    RIP Gabo. You were a truly great artist.

    For those feeling sad, this is what the man himself once said:

    "No llores porque ya se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió."

    "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Hey, literature's a subjective thing. Not everyone will like everything, but I think you're in a bit of a minority in not rating OHYOS. Each to their own. One quick question: is it your opinion that it's one of the worst books you ever read because Mr Brown is the only admirable character? Or were those two sentences unrelated?
    Mr. Brown was the only thing I liked.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    I read his novel Love in the Time of Cholera for my romantic novel course in college, I attended that elective because there were a lot of hot girls in it...
    That was a terrific book.

    And they did a good job with the movie a few years back.

    RIP Gabo.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    And they did a good job with the movie a few years back.
    I thought so too, but I read some terrible reviews of it. I thought it was rather beautifully done, especially Bardém capturing that complicated blend of romantic, gauche and just a little bit creepy. That's such a wonderfully complex and nuanced characterisation.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Adios.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I thought so too, but I read some terrible reviews of it. I thought it was rather beautifully done, especially Bardém capturing that complicated blend of romantic, gauche and just a little bit creepy. That's such a wonderfully complex and nuanced characterisation.
    Yeah, it was a good movie- watched it on DVD a few months back. Ive watched close to a dozen Javier Bardem movies and he's never made a bad one.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    Yeah, it was a good movie- watched it on DVD a few months back. Ive watched close to a dozen Javier Bardem movies and he's never made a bad one.
    Then you obviously haven't yet seen The Counselor; that's quite a turkey!

    If you can find it, see if you can get a subtitled DVD of Mondays in the Sun. It's a brilliant, smal-budget, human drama set amongst the unemployed of Vigo in Galicia. Bardem is great in it.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Then you obviously haven't yet seen The Counselor; that's quite a turkey!
    Why you little

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    Why you little
    Oh dear! Was it you I had that little disagreement with a week or two back about that very same movie?
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Mr. Brown was the only thing I liked.
    I'm about half way through OHYOS, so far there's no a Mr Brown and not even a hint of an Anglo-Saxon character. I'm becoming slightly suspicious of your post. Time will tell, but sor far it's a brilliant novel.
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