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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life [Formato Kindle]

Gerald Martin

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Gabriel García Márquez, author of the modern classic One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, is one of the greatest and most popular writers of the late-twentieth century. As Gerald Martin tells the story of the author's fascinating rise to wealth and international fame, he reveals the tensions in García Márquez's life between celebrity and literary quality, between politics and writing, and between power, solitude and love. Interviewing more than three hundred people including Fidel Castro, Felipe González, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, the author's large family as well as ‘Gabo' himself, Martin immerses himself in García Márquez's world. This at first ‘tolerated' and now ‘official' biography is as gripping and revealing as the writer's journalism and as complex and involving as any of his fiction.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 3626 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 688
  • Editore: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2 aprile 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B007M82YDO
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Amazon.com: 4.4 su 5 stelle  27 recensioni
28 di 32 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A marvelous biography of a literary giant and great writer 28 maggio 2009
Di Yesh Prabhu, author of The Beech Tree - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
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 later, he doesn't recognize her. He is deeply perplexed when he realizes that he does not love her. He does not love her because he did not even know her. She leaves him again, quite soon.

The author has written quite admirably about Gabriel Marquez's affair with the Spanish actress Tachia Quintana and Gabriel's friendship with Fidel Castro and his empathy with liberals and leftists.

Gerald Martin writes well. He is especially good at describing the small villages and towns and banana plantations of Colombia and its rich topography. His descriptions of Colombia's natural beauty are vivid. This biography grips a reader's attention from the very beginning, and holds it to the very end: "One hot, asphyxiating morning in the early 1930s, in the tropical coastal region of northern Colombia, a young woman gazed through the window of the United Fruit Company train at the passing banana plantations. Row after row after row, shimmering from sun into shade."

Those who love Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novels will find this book quite helpful in understanding several of his puzzling obsessions. For example, the author explains why Gabriel has written almost obsessively about illegitimate children in many of his novels: his family had so many of them! This is truly a very detailed, fascinating biography, meticulously written.
6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A true insight into what makes Gabo tick 28 giugno 2009
Di Sra. B-E - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
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. I especially loved the last paragraph!
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Gabo's Labyrinth 7 maggio 2010
Di Loves the View - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Gerald Martin has taken on an outsized task in this book which defines Gabriel Garcia Marquez's long and complex life and his resulting outlook. It is obviously a labor of love, spanning almost 20 years.

The work is chronological, tracking his life and its synergic literary output. Martin shows how GGM's novels illustrate the scenes, people and tenor of his unusual youth in a politically unstable county. GGM pulls from the experience of his home region which he never really leaves despite a long departures and the purchase of foreign residences. He essentially marries the region in marrying Mercedes to whom he proposed in their adolescence. Despite their pre-marital differences in life experience, the marriage worked and still holds together after 50 years. Like the marriage, his life takes long and circuitous routes back home.

Martin takes the reader through what might be GGM's deepest thoughts as expressed through his novels and political writing. The saga covers continents and powerful international events. Over time, the early passion for socialism peels away. It is not expressed in words, but what else can be made of GGM having dictator friends who imprison and/or execute his intellectual colleagues? There is no real answer as to why he tolerates these leaders who trample on human rights, sometimes with their bank accounts full of the country's money. GGM points to the few he's used his influence to save, but the argument is weak considering the enormity of the rights violations of these leaders whom he supports.

There are many episodes that could be their own books (some have extensive treatment elsewhere as noted by Martin). A few are: his travels behind the Iron Curtain, the saga of the Nobel Prize, the Castro relationship, and the affect of his fame on his country, region and family.

The reader benefits not only from Martin's extensive research, but also from his understanding of Latin America and his specific knowledge of 20th century Colombian events. For the reader there are lots of names to lose track of, I was grateful for the index.

Several years ago GGM put his pen to the topic of his childhood and youth in Living to Tell the Tale. The autobiography, like his novels, is atmospheric and metaphoric (Martin demonstrates that even the title is so). If you plan on reading it, I advise that you read Martin's biography first for orientation. If GGM's orinally promised volumes 2 and 3 are ever produced (doubtful, given Martin's final chapters) Martin would be a good preparatory read for them as well.

I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
5 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle fascinating literary and regional history : much more than macondo deciphered 16 luglio 2009
Di humboldt - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
this captivating book at once encapsulates the idiosyncracies of latin american history experienced by GGM and explains his writing in the context of the world as he has lived it, in the way only a gifted literary critic could do. inmensely readable, entertaining, relatively objective, and truly informative. It is only "relatively" objective because Professor Martin is clearly not immune to the charms and charismatic appeal of his subject; however he strives to explain the positions of those who disagree or dislike his subject. This is an engrossing and most readable introduction to latin american intellectual and political life in the later 3/4's of the 20th century, and includes important references to the complex relationships of its intellectuals with its former colonizer, with France, and with the US. Professor Martin interviewed an impressive array of intellectual and political power brokers from Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, France, and the US, in addition to a very extensive network of his subject's lesser known friends and relatives. Despite the participation of so many high powered personae, the book does not dwell on their fame, but rather limits their participation to shedding light and understanding on this most remarkable of writers. Additionally, this book serves as a fascinating, informative and remarkably clear portrayal of Colombian history since c. 1920 that will be helpful to all who are either curious about the country or who struggle to understand its labyrinthine and violent complexities.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Insightful Account of Latin America 6 agosto 2010
Di Angela D. Spencer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
A riveting account of one man and his relationships with his home country and the intertwining cause and effects of the associated western world, which transpired so eloquently in the biography. It provided a better understanding of the inspirations of his many writings.

A. Spencer
Chicago

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