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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    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.
    The character exists but "admirable" is an odd adjective to use.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Haven't read any of his books yet, but I will add one of the 2 to my reading list for this summer.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    The character exists but "admirable" is an odd adjective to use.
    Oh, okay. He hasn't appeared yet (p. 160 in my version), so I'm now intrigued. That he couldn't find another attractive character in it seems bizarre. The matriarch, Úrsula is a wonderful character, as is Melquíades and José Arcadio senior, before he becomes uncontrollably obsessive. I can see why some might find the style of the novel odd or over-complicated (it doesn't help having so many Arcadios, Aurelios and Josés) or that they might jibe at the whole magical-realism bit, but to say there are no admirable or likeable characters probably says more about the person making the comment than about the novel.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Oh, okay. He hasn't appeared yet (p. 160 in my version), so I'm now intrigued. That he couldn't find another attractive character in it seems bizarre. The matriarch, Úrsula is a wonderful character, as is Melquíades and José Arcadio senior, before he becomes uncontrollably obsessive. I can see why some might find the style of the novel odd or over-complicated (it doesn't help having so many Arcadios, Aurelios and Josés) or that they might jibe at the whole magical-realism bit, but to say there are no admirable or likeable characters probably says more about the person making the comment than about the novel.
    I can only guess at the motivation. I think you'll reach a similar conclusion once you're finished.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Oddly I've always had trouble with Spanish authors. I've tried reading Cervantes several times and have started and stopped "The General in His Labyrinth" three times over the years. Marquez is a great writer - I know my wife told me so - but I can't seem to get engrossed in the book. Maybe something's lost in the translation and it works better in Spanish? I know that's for certain with Don Quoxite.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Oddly I've always had trouble with Spanish authors. I've tried reading Cervantes several times and have started and stopped "The General in His Labyrinth" three times over the years. Marquez is a great writer - I know my wife told me so - but I can't seem to get engrossed in the book. Maybe something's lost in the translation and it works better in Spanish? I know that's for certain with Don Quoxite.
    I've read Don Quijote in English and although it took an age to get through, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a tough ask though. There are plenty of modern Spanish authors worth trying. See if you can find some Arturo Pérez Reverte, The Queen of the South is especially recommended. Or try Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind)and Ildefonso Falcones (The Hand of Fatima) - they are all translated into English and great story-tellers. If you're looking for something a bit more literary, Borgés short stories are great, as are those of Julio Ramón Ribeyro. Reinaldo Arenas and Roberto Bolaño are great novelists too, but quite tough to read.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Oh, okay. He hasn't appeared yet (p. 160 in my version), so I'm now intrigued. That he couldn't find another attractive character in it seems bizarre. The matriarch, Úrsula is a wonderful character, as is Melquíades and José Arcadio senior, before he becomes uncontrollably obsessive. I can see why some might find the style of the novel odd or over-complicated (it doesn't help having so many Arcadios, Aurelios and Josés) or that they might jibe at the whole magical-realism bit, but to say there are no admirable or likeable characters probably says more about the person making the comment than about the novel.
    Keep reading. Brown is the only responsible character.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Keep reading. Brown is the only responsible character.
    Responsible's a very over-rated quality.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I've read Don Quijote in English and although it took an age to get through, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a tough ask though. There are plenty of modern Spanish authors worth trying. See if you can find some Arturo Pérez Reverte, The Queen of the South is especially recommended. Or try Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind)and Ildefonso Falcones (The Hand of Fatima) - they are all translated into English and great story-tellers. If you're looking for something a bit more literary, Borgés short stories are great, as are those of Julio Ramón Ribeyro. Reinaldo Arenas and Roberto Bolaño are great novelists too, but quite tough to read.
    Thanks. I'll check out some of those. I'm going to give Marquez and Cervantes another go as soon as I work through some of the backlog of books I'm reading right now. Is "General" typical of Marquez writing style?
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Thanks. I'll check out some of those. I'm going to give Marquez and Cervantes another go as soon as I work through some of the backlog of books I'm reading right now. Is "General" typical of Marquez writing style?
    I haven't read The General... My favourite GGM is Love in the time of cholera. I can't recommend it enough, although OHYOS is wonderful so far - half way through.
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