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(BBC)   Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquéz slipping into One Hundred Years of Solitude   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 57
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2012-07-07 07:00:29 AM  
It takes 100 years to read that overrated piece of sh*t.
 
2012-07-07 07:03:50 AM  
Eh, Marquez couldn't hold a candle to Llosa.
 
2012-07-07 07:08:13 AM  
Glad to see the haters already in, I guess. Overrated? No.
 
2012-07-07 07:12:22 AM  

LeafyGreens: Glad to see the haters already in, I guess. Overrated? No.


This. Thread needs more love. Love in the Time of Cholera is awesome too.
 
2012-07-07 07:23:49 AM  
One Hundred Years of Solitude on the wall,
One Hundred Years of Solitude,
Take one down, pass it around,
Ninety-nine Years of Solitude on the wall.
 
2012-07-07 07:44:06 AM  
Overrated yes, he basically wove a story based on repackaged tales from traditional Colombian folklore that he picked up interviewing people around Colombia.

It is a good book, but not something I would read again.

It hits Colombian culture and familial structures dead on.

There are a lot of subtle nuances and Colombian humor that are lost in translation and even if you read it in Spanish you will still miss them unless you are Colombian.

/colombian
 
2012-07-07 07:52:43 AM  

theflatline: Overrated yes, he basically wove a story based on repackaged tales from traditional Colombian folklore that he picked up interviewing people around Colombia.

It is a good book, but not something I would read again.

It hits Colombian culture and familial structures dead on.

There are a lot of subtle nuances and Colombian humor that are lost in translation and even if you read it in Spanish you will still miss them unless you are Colombian.

/colombian


Guess I'll hold my breath until your Nobel prize winning work of fiction comes out then, I guess.
 
2012-07-07 08:02:16 AM  
The only scholars Fark has in greater abundance than law scholars are literary scholars. It is truly a blessing to be part of such a learned community.
 
2012-07-07 08:15:21 AM  
The 1967 masterpiece of magic realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude, begins with the story of a family unable to care for their senile grandfather.
....

He is best known for One Hundred Years of Solitude, which has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.



Above, notice how the BBC subtly uses Journalistic Onomatopoeia, wherein the article itself mirrors characteristics of the subject matter being discussed.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-07 08:17:39 AM  
100 Years (translated into English) was one of the few assigned books I liked in high school. It also produced my only really good grade on a paper about a book.
 
2012-07-07 08:22:47 AM  

Pocket Ninja: The only scholars Fark has in greater abundance than law scholars are literary scholars. It is truly a blessing to be part of such a learned community.


I wrote the Iliad.
 
2012-07-07 08:26:37 AM  

theflatline: It hits Colombian culture and familial structures dead on.

There are a lot of subtle nuances and Colombian humor that are lost in translation and even if you read it in Spanish you will still miss them unless you are Colombian.

/colombian


Not really. Pretty much any Latin American can read it and get it. We all share the same fabric and the same tragedies. But I see what you mean.
A Spaniard probably won't relate to it even though they speak Spanish. Ditto for Spanish speakers born in the USA.
 
2012-07-07 08:28:12 AM  

spentmiles:

I wrote the Iliad.


...but I did not write the Odyssey.
 
2012-07-07 08:33:52 AM  
Oh and fark the haters. El Gabo is awesome.

Although I'm not oblivious to such feelings. I know plenty of people who have only read like 10 books in their lives and place 100 Years above anything because of familiarity and jingoism/localism. Makes me rage XD

But I doubt it's your case since you're from the USA :P
 
2012-07-07 08:35:40 AM  
Man that was a depressing book.
 
2012-07-07 08:41:36 AM  
Damn. I'd rather just...go.
 
2012-07-07 08:44:02 AM  

rocky_howard: Oh and fark the haters. El Gabo is awesome.

Although I'm not oblivious to such feelings. I know plenty of people who have only read like 10 books in their lives and place 100 Years above anything because of familiarity and jingoism/localism. Makes me rage XD

But I doubt it's your case since you're from the USA :P


I think he is a good author, and the book is good, but my opinion it is not a great book. More along the lines at the right place at the right time.

I am a dual citizen with the US and Colombia and have lived on and off there since 1989, and my wife is also Colombian.

You will three books featured prominently on hipster literati bookshelves. 100 years, Khalil Gabrin The Prophet, and Confederacy of Dunces.

Oddly enough, in Colombia no one reads, houses are devoid of books.
 
2012-07-07 08:56:18 AM  

theflatline: rocky_howard: Oh and fark the haters. El Gabo is awesome.

Although I'm not oblivious to such feelings. I know plenty of people who have only read like 10 books in their lives and place 100 Years above anything because of familiarity and jingoism/localism. Makes me rage XD

But I doubt it's your case since you're from the USA :P

I think he is a good author, and the book is good, but my opinion it is not a great book. More along the lines at the right place at the right time.

I am a dual citizen with the US and Colombia and have lived on and off there since 1989, and my wife is also Colombian.

You will three books featured prominently on hipster literati bookshelves. 100 years, Khalil Gabrin The Prophet, and Confederacy of Dunces.

Oddly enough, in Colombia no one reads, houses are devoid of books.


I wasn't talking about you seeing how in the Boobies you said you were Colombian :P

Also, did you mean Colombian hipster bookshelves or American ones?
 
2012-07-07 09:02:19 AM  
Family lines and a little bit of magic. Personally, I didn't think it was overrated, but after reading Isabel Allende, I realized that there's no topic in literature that cannot be plagiarized to great success over and over and over again.
 
2012-07-07 09:06:49 AM  

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: spentmiles:

I wrote the Iliad.

...but I did not write the Odyssey.


Agamemnon always hated me,
For what, I don't know
 
2012-07-07 09:21:10 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Man that was a depressing book.


The book was hilarious! Did you really read it?
 
2012-07-07 09:32:21 AM  

Pocket Ninja: The only scholars Fark has in greater abundance than law scholars are literary scholars. It is truly a blessing to be part of such a learned community.


You forgot physicists, climate scientists, brewers, knee angle measurists, boob inspectors, mother spelunkers and goddamn music theorists.
 
2012-07-07 09:34:15 AM  
I tried to read it. When yet another character I didn't care about died, I realized I was bored with the book and I quit reading it. It felt good. I gave him 120 pages -- if you can't hook me in after 120 pages, I just don't have time for you.
 
2012-07-07 09:36:11 AM  
Well, at least he doesn't have cholera.
 
2012-07-07 10:17:09 AM  

LeafyGreens: theflatline: Overrated yes, he basically wove a story based on repackaged tales from traditional Colombian folklore that he picked up interviewing people around Colombia.

It is a good book, but not something I would read again.

It hits Colombian culture and familial structures dead on.

There are a lot of subtle nuances and Colombian humor that are lost in translation and even if you read it in Spanish you will still miss them unless you are Colombian.

/colombian

Guess I'll hold my breath until your Nobel prize winning work of fiction comes out then, I guess.


Thank you LeafyGreens. That needed to be said.

Rest easy Mr Marquez, pay no attention to the farkers.
 
2012-07-07 10:59:07 AM  
Am I a hipster if I read One Hundred Years and The Prophet before they were cool? Seriously though, I've owned about 10 copies of The Prohet in the past 18 years because I keep giving them away. And I've really enjoyed Marquez's works. I am saddened to hear that Mr. Marquez is slipping away from us.
 
2012-07-07 11:21:34 AM  
Call me when he begins to eat earth...
 
2012-07-07 11:53:04 AM  
Sad news, man. Loved the guy's ideas and writings.

Sometimes, I think I'm the only one who read and liked Strange Pilgrims.

Awesomely fun collection of short stories. My personal fave is "I Only Came to Use the Phone."

It's been a while. Might have reread it this weekend.
 
2012-07-07 11:54:07 AM  
Maybe it was the translation to english, but i remember it being a pretty terrible read in high school, all the characters having the same or similar names and it jumping around in time IIRC... very confusing. If your novel needs the family tree and timeline in the dust jacket just to follow the story, youre doing it wrong.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-07 12:06:40 PM  
Cyno01

Did you see Memento? Did you like it? Nonlinear narrative works for some people.
 
2012-07-07 12:10:06 PM  

Cyno01: Maybe it was the translation to english, but i remember it being a pretty terrible read in high school, all the characters having the same or similar names and it jumping around in time IIRC... very confusing. If your novel needs the family tree and timeline in the dust jacket just to follow the story, youre doing it wrong.


Because they were a family, you idiot*...

Also, don't ever read comics by Grant Morrison, books by Borges or watch Memento/Irreversible or Tarantino movies, you might not be able to process it.

*Not really an idiot, just being playful
 
2012-07-07 12:13:17 PM  

REO-Weedwagon: It takes 100 years to read that overrated piece of sh*t.


Hahahaha. Better you said it, than me.
 
2012-07-07 12:29:34 PM  
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is as farking creepy as it is pretty refreshing to see Gabo step outside his usual style.
 
2012-07-07 01:44:52 PM  

spentmiles: Eh, Marquez couldn't hold a candle to Llosa.


And Llosa wasn't fit to help Borges find his ass.

SOUTH AMERICAN MAGIC REALIST LITERARY BUNFIGHT IN FULL EFFECT, BEYOTCHES!
 
2012-07-07 01:45:56 PM  

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: spentmiles:

I wrote the Iliad.

...but I did not write the Odyssey.


Because it was a capital offence?
 
2012-07-07 01:51:20 PM  
bummer. i really,really liked that book. cholera and no one writes to the colonel were kind of meh.
 
2012-07-07 02:07:26 PM  

ZAZ: Cyno01

Did you see Memento? Did you like it? Nonlinear narrative works for some people.


I liked Memento, and Pulp fiction, i dont know if the edition we had was just a terrible translation or what, and i used to read a lot of sci fi, so im used to convoluted back stories.

rocky_howard: Cyno01: Maybe it was the translation to english, but i remember it being a pretty terrible read in high school, all the characters having the same or similar names and it jumping around in time IIRC... very confusing. If your novel needs the family tree and timeline in the dust jacket just to follow the story, youre doing it wrong.

Because they were a family, you idiot*...

Also, don't ever read comics by Grant Morrison, books by Borges or watch Memento/Irreversible or Tarantino movies, you might not be able to process it.

*Not really an idiot, just being playful


Oh cmon! Didnt the one guy have like 20 kids and they all had the same name?
 
2012-07-07 02:14:52 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: REO-Weedwagon: It takes 100 years to read that overrated piece of sh*t.

Hahahaha. Better you said it, than me.



Seriously, it was farking terrible, but people go apeshiat on you if you say it. It wasn't even that it lost something in translation, I could clearly see what he was doing with the story. It just could have made it's point and still been too long if he cut out half the goddamn book. After a while it stopped being clever and just started being boring and annoying. I did hang in there and finish the whole thing, but by the end I wanted to punch something cute in the face.

It's the worst book I've ever read that people go crazy over. Maybe it's one of those hipster things that people force themselves to like so when other people read it and notice how terrible it is they can pretend it isn't and feel nice and smugly superior. "You just don't GET it." Oh, I got it all right. The book was really about as subtle as a brick in the face - and also about as enjoyable.
 
2012-07-07 02:59:40 PM  

spentmiles: Eh, Marquez couldn't hold a candle to Llosa.


Pantaloon y las visitadoras FTW.

(I love Marquez too though)
 
2012-07-07 03:16:13 PM  
Oddly enough I enjoy GGM far more than Borges. I've read a ton of books in both English and Spanish (bilingual yay), but Cien Años is my all-time favorite, and GGM is my all-time favorite author.

// followed by Faulkner
// screw Shakespeare
// almost cried when el coronel Aureliano Buendia died
 
2012-07-07 03:21:40 PM  
I would reccomend fans of his works go to Colombia, and if you can speak spanish, sit in the cafes with the old men men as they drink their copitas de aguardiente and they will tell stories that can be amazingly funny and sad.

I was sitting in one nursing a pint with two men in their late sixties and a transvestite walked by, and the first old man says.

"who wants a girlfriend with an antennae? Imagine two morning borners swordfighting, horrible"

The second old man says "but how would you fark it?"

And the first old man says "under the dick".

2 days later I saw two young mothers comparing the size of their newborns infants dorks over their morning coffee.

They don't call it LoColombia without reason.
 
DuX
2012-07-07 04:09:02 PM  
I enjoyed it, but If you're a slow reader, I can see how it might seem like a long book.

For anyone who didn't enjoy it, just hang loose, Michael Bay will make a snappier cinema adaptation any day now, surely.
 
2012-07-07 04:10:25 PM  
Real art is seldom easy to read.

You can tell that someone is not the bookish sort when he or she points to a work of art and insists that it would be better if it were half as long.

"Critic": Too many words! Take some out, and it'll be perfect.
Author: Which words did you have in mind?


Marquez is one of the best. He'll be missed.
 
2012-07-07 04:54:50 PM  

NetOwl: Real art is seldom easy to read.

You can tell that someone is not the bookish sort when he or she points to a work of art and insists that it would be better if it were half as long.

"Critic": Too many words! Take some out, and it'll be perfect.
Author: Which words did you have in mind?


Marquez is one of the best. He'll be missed.



That's a complete load of crap. If it's too long it's too long. Sometimes people just drone on when writing, having long forgotten the point they were trying to make or story they were trying to tell, and get lost enjoying the stank of their own "cleverness". 100 Years was like that. I enjoy a good story, and I enjoy a long story... but a story which is long and not good is torture.

100 Years started out good, but then had nothing more to say yet continued for a few hundred pages. Just the same shiat continuing over and over. At first that's clever... when it was repeated a few times. But a few hundred pages later it wasn't making a point, it was just literary masturbation.
 
2012-07-07 05:15:36 PM  

DuX: I enjoyed it, but If you're a slow reader, I can see how it might seem like a long book.

For anyone who didn't enjoy it, just hang loose, Michael Bay will make a snappier cinema adaptation any day now, surely.



So if you don't enjoy droning books, you enjoy explosion flicks? I think you've been watching too many DirecTV commercials.
 
2012-07-07 05:28:10 PM  

boozerman: LeafyGreens: Glad to see the haters already in, I guess. Overrated? No.

This. Thread needs more love. Love in the Time of Cholera is awesome too.


agreed. I have read several of his books and I loved them. I don't care if he was on Oprah's book list or whatever reason people hate him....magical realism makes me happy
 
2012-07-07 05:35:27 PM  
days later I saw two young mothers comparing the size of their newborns infants dorks over their morning coffee.

lol, whut?
 
2012-07-07 06:32:18 PM  

Watching_Epoxy_Cure: days later I saw two young mothers comparing the size of their newborns infants dorks over their morning coffee.

lol, whut?


Marquez wrote what he saw around him, normal Colombian life is, well, less than normal.
 
2012-07-07 06:45:15 PM  
So if they had some of his biography done, was this article a Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

/I thought it was a good story
//Only one of his I've read..
/// Es Slashies
 
2012-07-07 06:48:05 PM  

boozerman: LeafyGreens: Glad to see the haters already in, I guess. Overrated? No.

This. Thread needs more love. Love in the Time of Cholera is awesome too.


THIS. Thank you. I think "Cholera" just might be my favorite book of all time.
 
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