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    RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    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

    Reminds me of a Spanish Charles Bukowski.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    BBC2 gave a glowing tribute tonight. RIP.
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
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    "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
    What a wonderful, powerful, eloquent and poignant truism. I've never read his works. But because of you, and this singular quote, I most definitely will now.
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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 Jack Hays View Post
    One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the worst books I ever read. Mr. Brown is the only admirable character.
    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?
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    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...

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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...
    You didn't mention whether you liked the book. For me, it's the Márquez novel that gave me the most pleasure. Just sublime!
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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    You didn't mention whether you liked the book. For me, it's the Márquez novel that gave me the most pleasure. Just sublime!
    It was okay, I was rather taken aback that the protagonist waited for so long but such is love I guess. Of course my kind of love is superficial and I would have moved onto to other women long before he did. I care only for looks.

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    Re: RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    It was okay, I was rather taken aback that the protagonist waited for so long but such is love I guess. Of course my kind of love is superficial and I would have moved onto to other women long before he did. I care only for looks.
    I interpreted Ariza's devotion as having as much to do with being in love with a certain idea of love as it was with being in love with Fermina Daza herself. I thought there was a lot of Count Orsino from Twelfth Night in him. "If music be the food of love...etc"
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