2 modern must-read classics

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Two recent additions to my bookshelf:

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad) by Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian author, Nobel laureate in literature.

    This 1967 novel is my first foray into the ‘magical realism’ genre, often associated with Latin American literature of that time. Novels of the genre are based on real-world settings punctuated by supernatural elements. This is a multi-generational story about the powerful Buendía family whose patriarch founded the fictitious town of Macondo, Colombia.

“The Nobel Prize in Literature 1982 was awarded to Gabriel García Márquez “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, American author, Nobel laureate in literature.

    I recalled, when I was a boy, my family owned a Chinese translation of this novel. I did not read the book at the time, and that perhaps was for the best because I will have read it for the first time in its original language. The plot is about a battle between Santiago, an aging fisherman, and a marlin.

    This novel was cited when Hemingway was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in literature, which he dedicated to the Cuban people. That gesture was most fitting because Hemingway wrote it in Cuba and the novel was set there.

“The Nobel Prize in Literature 1954 was awarded to Ernest Miller Hemingway “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.”


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