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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Martin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Gabriel García Márquez, author of the modern classic One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, is one of the greatest and most popular writers of the late-twentieth century. As Gerald Martin tells the story of the author's fascinating rise to wealth and international fame, he reveals the tensions in García Márquez's life between celebrity and literary quality, between politics and writing, and between power, solitude and love. Interviewing more than three hundred people including Fidel Castro, Felipe González, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, the author's large family as well as ‘Gabo' himself, Martin immerses himself in García Márquez's world. This at first ‘tolerated' and now ‘official' biography is as gripping and revealing as the writer's journalism and as complex and involving as any of his fiction.

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'Gabriel Garcia Marquez once remarked that "every self-respecting writer should have an English biographer". He could have asked for none more accomplished than Gerald Martin' Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times 'Gerald Martin has done a good job here in presenting the myths about the career, as well as debunking many of them' Philip Hensher, Spectator 'Masterful an astonishing feat: a subtle tribute to a very complex man and an indispensable key to his life's work' Ed King, Sunday Telegraph 'Martin blends the stories and novels superbly into his narrative This first biography in English helps readers to ground his exceptional fiction in history' Jason Wilson, Independent Book of the Week


`Gerald Martin has done a good job here in presenting the myths about the career, as well as debunking many of them ... a good, thorough job.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3626 KB
  • Print Length: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M82YDO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If there is one thing this impeccably researched biography brings home, it is how the life of a jobbing journalist was altered forever by a sudden, blinding shaft of inspiration. Whether one buys García Márquez' story about "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is another matter: that the shaft of inspiration was so blinding that, just when the family thought they had reached their holiday destination, he turned around the car and raced back to Mexico City to write it all down. García Márquez was, after all, the man who put the magic in magical realism. But read the early chapters about his antecedents and unstable upbringing and you immediately have the bricks and mortar for "One Hundred Years", and it is fascinating to see how the novel fuses the history of his family with that of Colombia itself. "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" likewise re-enacts a real-life drama from his family's past, as does my own favourite, "Love in the Time of Cholera", which also catalysed at last a rapprochement between the author and his unpredictable father. Suddenly, everything drops into place and this biography should be essential reading for any García Márquez fan.

That is not to say there are not some slight longueurs. There are lesser hills between the peaks: the early to-ings and fro-ings between Aracataca, Baranquilla and Bogotá, for example, as well as the more wide-ranging ones between Colombia, Europe and Mexico; not to mention the seemingly endless periodicals and newspapers. But once García Márquez emerges from the chrysalis of workaday hack to major player, everything changes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GGM A Life 14 Nov. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Absolutely first class.
A rivetting and minutely researched read and family saga (almost as good as the subject's) This gives great insight into the psychi of the author whilst painting a vivd picture of the fascinating (and gruesome) political times in which he lived. A true son of his age this is an enlightening book and an essential read for anyone who enjoys GGMs writing. Will now go back and re-read many of his works from a new angle. It also provides a fresh and sometimes surprising perspective on some of history's famous sons and daughters such as Castro.
A tour de force for George Martin
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping this for a rainy day. 14 Jan. 2015
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Haven't read this yet but glad to have it in store. I am currently reading One thousand days of Solitude and it makes me curious
about Marquez' life. I always enjoy biographies of authors for example D H Lawrence, Robert Graves, Edward Thomas. My brother has a farm in Columbia and so am thinking I may go out there one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 10 Feb. 2014
By Jinesa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hardback book for paperback prices. Haven't read yet but el Gabo is my favourite writer. Looking forward to reading it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life. By Gerald Martin 22 Dec. 2009
By Frances
I was very disappointed by the quality of the paper. I contacted Amazon and told them what I thought, and they were kind enough to replace the first book straight away. However, the replacement was identical, so I just kept it without further comment.

As it was a book my son had particularly asked for as a Christmas present, I had hoped it would be special - the paper in a book of this type seems to me to be important.
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