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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074759614X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747596141
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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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

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`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.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I've been reading all his books so now I'm interested in his life [ also read his autobiography] . Looked at thsi in bookshops and library and decided to buy it. It looks very readable and interesting.
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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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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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Fascinating and well researched and written.
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Brilliant, interesting and entertaining!!!
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