In Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Garcia Marquez's life and ideas and explains their influence on literature and on man's struggle to understand his place in the world. The book also includes selections from Garcia Marquez's writings, a list of his chief works in English translation, a chronology of his life and times, and recommended reading for those who wish to delve deeper.
©2004 Paul Strathern; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
The audio is clear but the narration moves a bit fast, although not too bad. Otherwise, this is a very good introduction to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Excellent summation of his life and his works. Particularly liked the way the books were introduced, and description of their importance to world literature.
Focus on details about Garcia Marquez's life, including his stint as an encyclopedia salesman.
Managed to keep the drier parts of the story interesting.
The long road to the Nobel Prize.
Story felt incomplete. There was very little about his life and works after the Nobel, although he lived for at least another 25 years.
I have never been able to read Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and this is a short biography of the writer that quotes passages from the famous book. It gives you both a lot of information about him and about 100 Years od Solitude. I don't feel that I need to read the book anymore and I have a good impression of it. This provides just enough of a picture to grasp both the content and the style of Garcia Marquez's work.
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