On my re-reading list: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I was first introduced, sadly so, to Gabriel Garcia Marquez on an Oprah Show about seven or eight years ago on the release of the movie that brought to the screen one of the most beautiful novels ever written, Love in the Time of Cholera. Sadly so, because even though he was a writer from the Latin America/Caribbean region, he had gone un-notice...

Forgive me, it was not the first time. Indeed, I had studied this master of literature during my university years. But my failure to remember my first encounter with Marquez is owed to the fact of the impact that Love in the Time of Cholera had/has on me. So profound was it that I don't want to associate any other experience with Marquez before or beyond that.

Love in the Time of Cholera is, in my very humble opinion, the best novel ever written. All I could do after reading was thank God that translators existed. Such poetry of language and sincere honesty that though defines his craft, is delivered with the lightest of feather strokes- too light to be consciously acknowledged by the naked eye or the mundane brain, but nonetheless, savoured on a level of spirit, the only place that such a profound articulation of inspired art can be felt.

On my reading list for the next couple of weeks, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's
'Love in the Time of Cholera' and 'Memories of my Melancholy Whores'

After that experience with this Maestro of literature, I pushed myself to read Memories of My Melancholy Whores. Let me tell you, he did not disappoint. Not as rich as 'Love', My Melancholy Whores was nonetheless equally inspiring and had the same potent ability to resonate on a level of spirit. 

I am not a huge fan of rereading novels. I think the first experience with the book is the most authentic and has the most integrity. But with that said, I know that I am not the same person that I was when I first read this book. And so, it may be that with my new self, I may have an even richer experience with this Maestro's craftsmanship. 

I write with the impression that everyone knows that this great Maestro has just passed on. Everyone should be aware of this just as much as a President or other public official had died. What he has done for literature is no easy feat. He is literature in every sense of the word. Indeed, one literary pundit, one that I really would love to quote but cannot remember right now, stated quite vehemently, that after the Book of Genesis, every human being should be made to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I just as vehemently agree. 

Perhaps his most celebrated novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, I am yet to devour. And for the same reasons stated above. So profound was my experience was with his words  in 'Love..., that I really don't want to proactively search for one that could be less profound.

Petra Marie…Inspired Be