Monday 13 October 2003
What life is
Life is not what one has lived, but what one remembers and how one chooses to tell it.
Gabriel García Márquez, Living to Tell the Tale
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I don't know the Marquez source but it immediately reminds me of Marcel Proust who spent half a life living and half a life remembering, but more importantly, trying to remember things as they were. It was the rare moments of involuntary memory that he based his telling on, and what a telling "Remembrance of things past" is! Is Marquez in the same league?
Read Marquez's masterpiece "100 Years of Solitude" and you won't have to ask if he's in the same league as Proust.
Garcia Marquez, as is his last name, is marvelous in his descriptions as well as in his narrative of a world that, to many, is real.
I do prefer Love in Times of Cholera.
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