Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature, so he is obviously a well-respected author. He experiments with a genre of writing called "magical realism" in which real human characters possess magical qualities or are placed in otherworldly scenarios that are set in the real world - It's basically presenting the fantastical in an realistic manner, as if it is completely normal. His writing is - if at times hard to follow - always intriguing and whimsical. His tones are oftentimes political masquerading as a cultural fable. I would venture to say that he did for Latin American literature and politics what George Orwell did for Europe. Very powerful stuff, but only if you're looking for something thought-provoking. Not light, and you may want to start out with a few short stories to see if you like his very distinct style. Happy reading!
English Major at Princeton University
· 8 years ago