Gabriel García Márquez: A Life (Vintage)

April 21, 2014 - Comment

In this exhaustive and enlightening biography—nearly two decades in the making—Gerald Martin dexterously traces the life and times of one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary titans, Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez. Martin chronicles the particulars of an extraordinary life, from his upbringing in backwater Columbia and early journalism career, to the publication of One

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In this exhaustive and enlightening biography—nearly two decades in the making—Gerald Martin dexterously traces the life and times of one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary titans, Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez.

Martin chronicles the particulars of an extraordinary life, from his upbringing in backwater Columbia and early journalism career, to the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude at age forty, and the wealth and fame that followed. Based on interviews with more than three hundred of Garcia Marquez’s closest friends, family members, fellow authors, and detractors—as well as the many hours Martin spent with ‘Gabo’ himself—the result is a revelation of both the writer and the man. It is as gripping as any of Gabriel García Márquez’s powerful journalism, as enthralling as any of his acclaimed and beloved fiction.

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Yesh Prabhu, author of The Beech Tree says:

A marvelous biography of a literary giant and great writer Gerald Martin’s biography of the Nobel Laureate, “Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life,” is an extraordinary and gripping book. Rich in information and helpful insight regarding Gabriel Garcia’s likes and dislikes and obsessions, this marvelous biography reads like a novel, and it is bound to fascinate its readers,Gabriel Garcia was less than a year old when his mother left him to the care of her parents. He was too young to have had any memories of her, and so when she returns six years…

Sra. B-E says:

A true insight into what makes Gabo tick I have long been an avid reader of Latin American literature, but this biography sent me running to the Internet to find out more details about people and places mentioned in Gabriel García Márquez’ life. Gerald Martin does a superb job of letting the reader penetrate the backgroud and the events that produced what many consider to be the world’s masterpieces in Spanish. I read the entire book in two days, and I will read it yet again…well worth your time. Extremely well done…

Vipja says:

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