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My all time favourite classic books of Marquez and others

Updated on August 6, 2009

I am a great fan of Marquez and read most of his books. There is another one, The Fragrance of Guava by Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza which contains the conversations he made with Marquez. In this interview, Marquez speaks openly about his family background, his early struggles to become a writer, politics etc. Most of the things in To Live to Tell the Tale are there in this book, but not in detail.

To wind up, one of my office colleagues is so obsessed with Marquez that with the sole intention of reading his works in original, he learnt Spanish language and he is pankaj3625 who is our fellow hubber at hubpages also. I pay my gratitude to him for the endless hours of discussion we had on Marquez.

But the sad part is that as Marquez is more than 80 years old, because of his failing health, he will not be able to complete the remaining two parts of his autobiography 'Living to Tell the Tale' (that is, he may be living, but may not be able to tell or write his tale). But it seems the biography by Gerald Martin has covered a lot of events in the latter part of Marquez's life.

Marquez Gabriel Garcia - an outstanding unique writer
Marquez Gabriel Garcia - an outstanding unique writer

Some more great books by Marquez

When a literary work becomes a classic and outstanding work?

A work may be deemed to be a classic if it evokes newer feelings, provides new vistas, stimulates your psyche and thoughts every time you go through it. Also, it should have a universal tone and tenor and applicability - that is, even though the story or the milieu is set in a far off land, it should evoke the feeling in the reader that 'yes, this is my experience' or 'such a thing has happened in our neighbourhood also'. Such work should outlive 'time' or 'period'. 'Crime and Punishment', which is set in Russia in the midst of its troubled transition to the modern age, is the profound human drama of Raskolnikov, a sensitive intellectual driven by poverty and the belief of his exemption from moral law. Through his unforgettable gallery of characters, Fyodor Dostoyevsky provides a provocative look at the human motivations of obsession and possession with unflinching philosophical and moral insight. A true masterpiece of dramatic literature by one of the greatest novelists of all times- simply because of the amazing psychological analysis indulged in by the Great Doestovsky and at times you start feeling that you are Raskolnikov himself. Raskol'nikov is transposed in his utmost 'good' features to the character of Razumihin, his friend, and in his utmost 'bad' extension -- to the character of Svidrigailov, his enemy. Razumihin and Svidrigailov perform the function of the 'guardian angel' and 'devil' who according to Orthodox mythology accompany every person throughout his/her life and metaphysically represent the Godly and the Beastly parts of a human being. One of my all time favourites!

Marquez's one hundred years of solitude reviewed on youtube


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      Imogen French 6 years ago from Southwest England

      One Hundred Years of Solitude is one my favourite books ever - I have read it 3 times! It is an epic and magical story, full of warmth, humour and depth. I also really enjoyed Love in the Time of Cholera - that's my second favourite by him.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi masmasika Marquez is a really a great writer. One must read his books to know him better as a writer. I published one more hub yesterday telling who is Marquez and why he is called the master of magical realism by people. Here it is:

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      masmasika 8 years ago

      This is a great hub. Sadly though because I haven't come across this writer yet. I think I have to see his work one of these days. Thanks for posting this.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi jill of alltrades, you may know that 100 years of solitude is the best book written by Marquez. You will also love reading his other books, especially "Memories of My Melancholy Whores". Let me know how you like it after reading.

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      I have only read "100 Years of Solitude" so far. I really enjoyed that.

      Thank you for sharing more of Marquez.