Tuesday, 6 May 2014

One hundred years in love with Gabo

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Great story. One of the greatest ever told, no doubt. This is the type of book you start reading and suddenly you realise you are on page 67! It’s fluid. Like water…it takes you with it…

This book is about everything…It’s life in its purest form… there are no judgments to be made from it or about it… this book is the absence of these things…it sounded to me as if Gabriel was narrating stories he had witnessed that are too fantastic, drastic, supernatural, unnatural, mystical, magical and human to be true. “The type of things that only happen in Latin America” - I read somewhere.

It’s beautiful the intimacy between Garcia the characters. He doesn't only tell their stories - he knows their whys, whens and hows. The reason behind their every action; it’s beautiful to read him revealing these secrets…because that’s when he reveals the great writer he was.

The lesson is perhaps that whatever happens: love, death, sadness, broken hearts, war, catastrophes,  reconciliation, torment or joy…life goes on…as all invisible laws of nature… so we should all get out there and live without regret and not torment ourselves with guilt because there won’t be second chances or remakes. That is, I think, the secret language Garcia speaks:

“That they forget everything he has taught them about the world and the human heart, that they shit in Horace and that whatever might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could not be recovered and that the wildest and most tenacious love was ephemeral truth in the end.”

It’s a bit strange that I've chosen this book so early in the list… maybe it was the magical inhabitants of Macondo whispering Garcia’s name to my ears…And as I say goodbye to one of the greatest writers the world has ever known…I pray quietly thanking God for having given us Garcia and his words, his creativity… for his Latin heart overflowing with emotions and so human… I thank Him for letting these characters stay with me…With all of us… Forever… As so will Gabriel … for hundreds of years to come… live on by his most wonderful and fantastic story…  



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