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Latin American literature was never primitive; yet, from its beginnings, it was suffused with a fresh, often childish lyricism. Gabriel Garcia Marquez stands on the shoulders of a great Latin American literary heritage, but he is a modern rarity: a writer with aspirations to high art who also remains hugely popular. For those who fall under his spell, his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the richest literary dreams ever written. Its "magic realism" has influenced writers from New York to Paris to Tokyo with its endlessly imaginative vitality.

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

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  • DMC
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • 05-28-06

Very good introduction to Marquez

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dhandforth
  • LEXINGTON, MA, United States
  • 01-20-15

Excellent (if incomplete) summation

What did you love best about Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes?

Excellent summation of his life and his works. Particularly liked the way the books were introduced, and description of their importance to world literature.

What did you like best about this story?

Focus on details about Garcia Marquez's life, including his stint as an encyclopedia salesman.

What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

Managed to keep the drier parts of the story interesting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The long road to the Nobel Prize.

Any additional comments?

Story felt incomplete. There was very little about his life and works after the Nobel, although he lived for at least another 25 years.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lissa
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 10-27-09

Finally, a way to get through 100 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.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful