Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Biography

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Master of magic realism, distinguished journalist and film critic, friend of world leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Pres. Bill Clinton, Gabriel García Márquez improbably emerged from obscure beginnings to become an author more beloved of readers worldwide than any other living writer. His plots and protean characters plunge readers into the world of fable, yet their universal appeal, as this biography shows, is deeply rooted in the particularity of García Márquez's own idiosyncratic early life and his later ...

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Overview

Master of magic realism, distinguished journalist and film critic, friend of world leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Pres. Bill Clinton, Gabriel García Márquez improbably emerged from obscure beginnings to become an author more beloved of readers worldwide than any other living writer. His plots and protean characters plunge readers into the world of fable, yet their universal appeal, as this biography shows, is deeply rooted in the particularity of García Márquez's own idiosyncratic early life and his later wide travels, all undertaken with the restless curiosity and zest for life that he manages to evoke in his readers.

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"Pelayo (Latin American literature, Southern Connecticut State University) wrote this stirring biography of Columbian writer, Gabriel García Marquez for high school students. However, unlike many such biographies, he doesn't patronize his readers, nor is this an unqualified panegyric of the subject. Marquez's life is told in clear prose with frequent references to characters and plots of his books, guaranteed to make his audience want to read them, too. Pelayo puts Marquez in the context of Columbian, South American and world politics. This book would be a fine introduction to the man and his writing for anyone. It is accompanied by a reading list, including Internet sources."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313346309
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

RUBEN PELAYO, Ph.D., is Professor of twentieth-century Latin American literature at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. He is the author of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Critical Companion (Greenwood Press, 2001) and coauthor of La voz: A Practical Approach for Understanding Spanish Phonetics and Mastering Pronunciation (2007). His essay publications include poststructuralist and linguistic studies, literary criticism, and the merging of genres. Professor Pelayo has presented his research both nationally and internationally.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Timeline of Events in the Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Introduction

Chapter 1:Origins: Aracataca-Macondo

Chapter 2:Bogotazo and the Barranquilla Group

Chapter 3:Cinema, Europe, and Marriage

Chapter 4:New York, Mexico City, and Making Films

Chapter 5:The Myth of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Chapter 6:World Famous, September 11, 1973

Chapter 7:The Nobel Prize, Television, and Movies

Chapter 8:Journalism, Pilgrims, and Demons

Chapter 9:The New Millennium

Chapter 10:The Readings and the Friendships

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2009

    "MAGIC REALISM" AUTHOR MARQUEZ MADE "REAL"

    Word by word, paragraph by paragraph, in a conversational style, Professor Pelayo draws readers into the story of a larger-than-life literary genius. One would almost expect Gabriel Garcia Marquez's childhood and early years to begin "hacia una vez," like a fairy tale full of the improbablities he later incorporated into his famous writings.

    Students of Marquez may be surprised to learn that, in addition to his fiction writing, in his youth he was a journalist, film critic and magazine editor. This law school drop-out had enough adventures and misadventures, international travels and honors, friendships with world literary figures and political leaders, to fill more than one biography. Yet Pelayo has found a way to make very readable sense of the entire picture.

    By dividing his subject's life into decades, he offers students and the general reader alike an accessible way to look at the personal, social and political influences on Marquez' writing. The coda ending each chapter, plus a time line, provide a useful framework for placing the Nobel Prize winner and his writings in the world at large.

    As a library director, I am pleased to have this biography to offer readers who are exploring any of Marquez' writings. It makes a fitting companion to Pelayo's 1991 text "Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Critical Companion" which I always recommend to readers who are uninitiated in the writings of the master of "Magic Realism".

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    A concise, well-researched biography

    A beautifully written adventure into literary history, this brief biography, ostensibly created for student use, is a valuable resource to anyone curious about many of the details of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' peripatetic existence. One of its salient features is that it places the Nobel Prize-winning author in the context of historical events, enabling the reader to appreciate him as a being a participant of his time. Other valuable aspects of the book include a timeline; an extensive bibliography; endnotes for each chapter; and a unique feature that Professor Pelayo has placed at the end of each chapter, called a "Coda," intended to parallel in writing what one would find in a musical composition.

    Having been a teacher of Spanish for more than 35 years, I know that this is would be an excellent addition to the classroom, whether it be English, Spanish, or History, as well as highly informative for the casual reader who is interested in learning more about Marquez' life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2009

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    14/09/2009


    El profesor don Rubén Pelayo nos da la oportunidad de entender que algunos temas son inagotables, solo que se requiere una gran inteligencia y una aguda capacidad de análisis para descubrir cosas nuevas e interesantes. Sobre el Novel de literatura Gabriel García Márquez cuantas cosas se han dicho y cuantas se han repetido. La lectura del libro de Don Rubén Pelayo ofrece cosas nuevas y objetivas que le dan una nueva dimensión a la persona de un gran escritor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    New to Garcia Marquez? This is a great companion to understanding his writings.

    Ruben Pelayo provides a valuable key to unlock the door of understanding to the imagination of one of the most well known writers of the last several decades. Recently introduced to Garcia Marquez, I found his writings daunting. Not being familiar with the style of magic realism, I was often puzzled as I read the book that had won the Nobel Price for Literature in 1982. It also didn't help that I had virtually no education in Latin American history. How beneficial to now have Professor Pelayo's biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in hand. As I'm reading One Hundred Years of Solitude again, this biographer is equipping me to understand and enjoy this masterpiece. As Dr. Pelayo wrote "Like William Faulkner and John Steinbeck in the United States, Garcia Marquez has written about the land and the people who belong to it."If you want to understand the peoples South of our border, Marquez's writings are invaluable. But you must understand Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the people of "his land" in order to better understand how he communicates. If you're an "average Joe" reader like me you'll need the foundation that Ruben Pelayo provides in this biography.

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