Living To Tell The Tale Hardcover – 6 Nov 2003
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An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny -- Mary Wesley, Sunday Telegraph
Marquez is the master weaver of the real and the conjectured. His descriptive powers astound. -- VS Pritchett, New Statesman
Marquezs vision is quite the nearest thing to pure sensual pleasure that prose can offer -- Observer
Perhaps the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since Cervantes -- Pablo Neruda
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"Living to Tell The Tale" relates the early years of the author's life, although some of the book's most important incidents predate Garcia Marquez's birth. The impact of these experiences, the people and their stories, were to have a powerful effect on him, as a man and as a writer. This is the tale of his parents' courtship, marriage and the birth of their children, Garcia Marquez, (Gabito), the oldest, and his ten siblings. It tells of his early years which were spent in Aracataca, in the home of his maternal grandparents. His grandfather, Colonel Nicolás Ricardo Márquez Mejía, was a Liberal veteran of the War of a Thousand Days. The Colonel told his young grandson that there was no greater burden than to have killed a man. Later García Márquez would put these words into the mouths of his characters.Read more ›
As we read this book, we become enchanted by the author's eccentric extended family (he is the oldest of 15, between brothers and sisters, in and out of wedlock), and by all the events that would give him inspiration for future books. One of those events is his trip to his native town of Aratacata, in order to help his mother to sell her parents' house in that town. It is in that trip that he decides "I'm going to be a writer...Nothing but a writer". Those already familiar with the author's books will jump happily from their seats from time to time, when they discover exactly who (or what) played an essential role in the birth of books such as "One hundred years of solitude", "Love in the time of cholera" or "The story of the shipwrecked sailor".Read more ›
His lyrical style has developed during his career and Living to Tell The Tale is as well written as anything he has done before. He makes everything in his life seem beautiful, and the life itself is certainly an interesting one.
Always honest, Marquez manages to convey his passions for writing, politics and women in a way you can't help loving.
In short, if you like Marquez- or even if you've never heard of him and simply appreciate a master wordsmith- buy this book
In the words of Gabito..."I was brought up in the lawless space of the Caribbean,"...the Nobel laureate explains with pride the difference between "Costenos" (Colombians raised on the coast) and "Cachacos" (Colombians raised in Bogota). In some ways...it is comparable to the difference between very laid-back, open minded Californians and super-serious, ambitious New Yorkers. However, the essential point the author makes is the cultural mind-set he was raised with. A mind-set filled with surreal coastal dreams and the reality of the 1928 banana workers massacre in Cienaga which his loving Mother explained to him, "that's where the world ended."
Gabito was born on March 6, 1927. He was heavily influenced by the sensitivities of his Mother and grandfather, Colonel Nicolas Ricardo Marques Mejia (called Papalelo by his grandchildren). The Colonel was a veteran of the Liberal/Conservative War of One Thousand Days (1899-1903). Consequently, the author learned from an early age that Colombia was a nation of many civil wars and that political differences inside the borders of his nation often ended in violence.
Papaledo taught his devoted grandson that General Simon Bolivar (the George Washington of South America) "was the greatest man born in the history of the world.Read more ›
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wonderful book, beautifully written as is everything by this writer, and perfect to read after One Hundred Years of Solitude (which is my favourite ever book if I am ever asked to... Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2014 by Lindsay Roff
Garcia Marquez's autobiography introduces you to the world in which he grew up, a world of strange characters and other-worldly happenings, of dreams and days of endless rain,... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2013 by Dr Do Little
I found this to be the most interesting of the many books by Garcia Marquez. If you like his well known novels then you love this. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2012 by CAM
In this candid autobiography G. G. Marquez gives us a rare glimpse in the making of a Nobel Prize winning author by commenting on those people and events which influenced... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2009 by Luc REYNAERT