||No writer alive today exerts the magical appeal of Gabriel García Márquez. Now, in the long-awaited first volume of his autobiography, he tells the story of his life from his birth in 1927 to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to his wife. The result is as spectacular as his finest fiction. Here is García Márquez’s shimmering evocation of his childhood home of Aracataca, the basis of the fictional Macondo. Here are the members of his ebulliently eccentric family. Here are the forces that turned him into a writer. Warm, revealing, abounding in images so vivid that we seem to be remembering them ourselves, Living to Tell the Tale is a work of enchantment.
||In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's interview with the Paris Review he said, "What I would really like to do is write a piece of journalism that is completely true and real but that sounds as fantastic as ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE." In his lush and often fantastical memoir LIVING TO TELL THE TALE (intended to be the first of a trilogy) he has perhaps accomplished this rare feat of capturing the utter unreality of life. His descriptions of his family, and his childhood in the small Colombian town of Aracataca are as full of the zestfully surreal details as his acclaimed novels: dry hurricanes, plagues of locusts, an aunt diligently sewing her own shroud and completing it on the day of her death, his mother's long-suffering love for Garcia Marquez's eventual father (the basis for LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA). Garcia Marquez, with the dreamy sensuality of Proust, conjures a people living alongside ghosts and portents, and a country wracked by the Kafkaesque rules of governments and corporations. Against this marvelous background, Garcia Marquez recounts his youth, his love-affair with literature, and his early forays into journalism and short-fiction. The book ends before ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE takes the world by storm, forever changing the possibilities of literature, but readers will have already witnessed the jungle crucible out of which this masterpiece and its author were formed.