Week 1 (April 1-9) : Sign up post - let's begin our journey!What immediately comes to mind when you hear "Nobel Prize winner for literature?" Why?
When I first hear "Nobel" I immediately think "intimidating" because I associate it with lofty, noble and highbrow ... and thus hard to read, or worse, yawn-worthy. But my attitude towards Nobel winners has definitely changed over the years.
I've been reading Nobels, albeit very slowly, since 2007. I didn't really set out intentionally to read Nobel prize winning literature but I remember reading (and loving) Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and naturally tried to find out more about him. In the course of doing so, I became quite intrigued by the many names in the list of winners - some I was familiar with, others that I had never heard of.
The winners come from all around the world and since the prize is awarded to a person for their body of work, as opposed to a single work, the list of potential books to read is immense. Some of my favourite books are listed in this post.
|By Jose Lara|
Flickr: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Why did you pick this particular book? What other authors / books did you also consider for this challenge?
Anyway, in true mood reader form, I decided I needed my yearly dose of my old-time-favourite Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I can't help but be excited by even the mere prospect of reading his books! I kind of hear a collective groan amongst you -- yes, I know I am sooo predictable.
I decided to go for:
About Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez*: In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.I'm soo ready for this love story! I read this many years ago and never reviewed it (do you see a pattern here?)
Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts." I've made him my gold standard for the genre magical realism.
Where does this story take place?
This story is set in Márquez's homeland of Colombia, a Latin American country.
Instagram challenge: A photo of you and your chosen Nobel
The weather is gorgeous and while putting around outside with the last vestiges of winter still here and there, I snapped a photo of Love in the Time of Cholera. Where am I? Obviously I am sitting in the lawn chair, trying to make photo all artsy fartsy.
Signs of #spring and a book I have resurrected from my piles. Read and much loved yet never reviewed. Do you have any books like that - where attempting to put into words something so wonderful that it seems to lessen its shine? #gabrielgarciamarquez 's #loveinthetimeofcholera is one of those for me. Tell me yours. #bookstagram
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