Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One of the literary greats passed away yesterday in Mexico City. Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote countless novels and short-stories, some of my favorite books being Love in the Time of Cholera, One hundred Years of Solitude, and No One Writes to the Colonel. He will be missed.

An eclectic writer, he utilized elements of magical realism, combined with literary prose, and intriguing character-driven storylines. His birthplace in Colombia influenced him the same way Ireland did for Joyce, and the American South did for Faulkner. Always mixing in elements of history with sometimes almost quixotic events, his stories have left an indelible mark on anyone who has ever picked up one of his books.

Who are some of your favorite authors of the last few decades? Which contemporary writers have influenced you the most?