Top 10 Books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez called endearingly as Gabo or Gabito throughout the Latin America, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is considered to be one of the most significant authors of the twentieth century. One of the best in the Spanish language, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He started as a journalist and later wrote many numerous fictions and short stories that earned him accolades. Though there are plenty of his works, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was known for his books like The Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera and The Autumn f the Patriarch. Here is the list of best Gabriel Garcia Marquez in order.

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a landmark novel in the 1960s and is one of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s best sellers. The book tells the story of a mythical town of Macondo, the rise and fall, the birth and death. The book is renowned for creating a so called boom in Modern Classic genre.

Read it For:
The adjectives and descriptions are perfectly fine and the book is a fine example of a modern classic. The magical realism style just adds to the beauty of the book.
Don't Read it For:
With the magical realism style, magical is normal and you can’t question it. The plot seems to be quiet messed up and the story is quiet unusual.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is definitely one of its kind. Each of the characters are more than just unique.

Love in the Time of Cholera

The book was initially published in Spanish and then later translated to English. It was later adopted into a movie as well. The book is nothing but a powerful love story that can capture the hearts and souls of all the readers.

Read it For:
The settings are evocative and masterfully portrayed. The book is romantic and the magical realism is a fun read.
Don't Read it For:
You can easily get lost in the geography of things and it takes a while to get all warmed up. The book has lot of jealousy, vengeance, obsession, desire and pity.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an amazing piece of art that is simple and doesn’t make you ponder, pretentious or difficult. It is an easy read with scrumptious descriptions and beautifully drawn characters.

The Autumn of the Patriarch

According to the author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the book is nothing but a poem on the solitude of power. It is one of the most intricate and ambitious works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, that tells the story of a Caribbean tyrant.

Read it For:
It is one of the unique Gabriel Garcia Marquez books. The Autumn of the Patriarch embodies everything from charity to deceit, benevolence to violence, fear of god to extreme cruelty.
Don't Read it For:
The sentence structures appear to be convoluted and there are so many ideas in the same sentence that goes on and on. This makes the whole book complicated and philosophical.
What makes this book stand out?:
Beautifully written about a despicable and hated subject. One of the very few books in the topic.

Chronicle of a Death

Chronicle of a Death Foretold is written is pseudo-journalistic reconstruction that tells the murder story of Santiago by two brothers. It is one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez best books.

Read it For:
With the story from the point of an unnamed narrator, the murder story that baffles a man after 27 years is enthralling. The characters are beautifully drawn out and there is a mystery element to it.
Don't Read it For:
The story just keeps circling and fails to entertain after a certain point of time.
What makes this book stand out?:
The eccentric prose style, the words seems to flirt with you. It is such a well-crafted book and is the best in any language.
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The General in His Labyrinth

It is one among the Gabriel Garcia Marquez best novels. It is a fictionalised account of a liberator and leader of Gran Colombia, Simon Bolivar. Breaking the traditional hero portrayal, the book is different yet relatable.

Read it For:
The tragic story of a hero is beautifully told through the magical words of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book is dense with historical events and deft characterisation.
Don't Read it For:
The book doesn’t do justice for the two years of research Gabriel Garcia Marquez did for the book. The book simply fails to entertain after a certain point.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an interesting historical novel that tells a real life incident in simple yet beautiful words.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a powerful story of a man who has never felt love. The hero and heroine of the book are a 90 year old man and 14 year old girl, both nameless who meet periodically in a theatre and the way things turn out is rather strange.

Read it For:
You will get easily swept away by the art of words. It is the beginning of life for a man at an age, almost all mortals would have died.
Don't Read it For:
To enjoy the book, you have to enter the minds and hearts of the author and a simple read is not enough to get the gist of the entire story.
What makes this book stand out?:
The unique style of writing and the strong character plot are interesting and an apt choice for an easy read.

In Evil Hour

The book is a rewritten one and it won a number of literary prizes. Considered to be Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s first novel, the book tells the story of prelude.

Read it For:
The conventional way of writing and the simple yet powerful message.
Don't Read it For:
The story is narrated in a monotonous way and one may get bored, halfway through the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The magical realism and the unique blend of simple and different makes it popular among the fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s.

No One Writes to the Colonel

It is a novella written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the name is given to the collection of short stories written by the author.

Read it For:
Each of the stories in the novella is unique, different and interesting. The stories can be related to simple life incidents.
Don't Read it For:
It is too simple and easily predictable.
What makes this book stand out?:
The collection of simple stories is rare.

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