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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez is dead...

    "If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already."

    First time I've shed a tear over a writer since we lost Heaney. If you haven't read him, do.
    "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

    "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


    "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

    #2
    He was an author I really wanted to like but could never get past the magic realism.
    Levitating after eating chocolate etc. Still he was adored by an awful lot of people. RIP
    Con Artist

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      #3
      The thing with MR, for me at least, is to let it wash over you. Stop trying to impose structure, and revel in the richness of the language line by line. Read aloud, and feel how the cadence and the colour work to add richness to every clause.

      Or just read Love in a Time of Cholera or Nobody Writes to the Colonel or The Autumn of the Patriarch. Less on the MR front, but beautiful story telling.
      "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

      "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


      "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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        #4
        Excellent insight on the relevance of magical realism in the Latin American context here in the Guardian....

        http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...ination-genius


        At the end of a three-day rainstorm, a toothless and sick old man with enormous wings is discovered barely alive on the beach. Nobody understands what the old man is saying. Some say he is a castaway, some say he is an angel – though the priest denies it because he doesn't understand Latin. Locals lock him in a chicken coop and make a fortune by charging visitors to poke fun at him. He becomes a part of some grizzly menagerie with a young woman who has been turned into a tarantula. After a while people lose interest in the man with the fetid wings, and he is left alone. One day he gets up and flies away.
        The great Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez didn't invent the genre of magic realism – that style of writing where the supernatural is described as something quite ordinary and where the ordinary is described as something quite supernatural – but, in short stories such as the Kafka-esque A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and his magisterial One Hundred Years of Solitude, he gave the genre its most formidable works of fiction.
        For some, the term magic realism is a broad and baggy one. Initially borrowed from the visual arts, it is often used variously to describe any form of literature that blends the marvellous with the mundane. But more careful observers argue that it is a specific form of post-colonial literature, native to Latin America and the Caribbean. And post-colonial because it employs the magical as a form of imaginative resistance to the harsh and totalising logic of imperial rationality. It seeks the freedom to think outside the box of established wisdom: that is, by rubbing away the line between the real and the fantastic, it frees the imagination from the constraints of how things are. It is revolutionary stuff.
        Interestingly, Gabo, as he was affectionately known, always denied his work was "magical". He saw himself as a realist through and through. And Gabo's leftwing political sympathies, his friendship with Fidel Castro and so on, point to a seriousness of purpose that is not usually associated with the literature of fantasy.
        All of which is not a bad lens through which to understand the story that animates Christians this Easter weekend. It looks magical – the return of a dead man to life – but it is not treated that way by those who follow the story. And it is post-colonial, even perhaps the foundational literature of post-colonialism – for if the cross is anything, it is the repressive power of colonial authority. The risen Christ being the supreme act of defiance against the power of Roman imperial rule. Nothing can contain the imagination. We can all be free. There is hope. It begins with an act of the defiant imagination, something that cannot be constrained by the logic of grim political inevitability. But it is also deadly realistic. Rest in peace, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You were a genius.
        "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

        "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


        "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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          #5
          One of the greats of our time.
          Fell out of love with him in the last few years - feeling a bit guilty for that today.
          Going to dust off 100 years and rekindle the love.

          “A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.”

          Thank you Gabo.
          "There are a lot of other key decision makers who must agree with your plan."
          Johan Erasmus

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