Have you ever heard about or read about an author that you just KNEW you’d love their work? You liked what you have read about them or a snippet of their work so much that you just knew you HAD to read a book they’d written RIGHT NOW? For most of us book junkies, that has happened countless times. Today I want to tell you about this particular one.
Sometime recently I was reading an online interview where an author (my noggin is not calling forth the name of exactly who this particular one was…) referred to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and how one of his novels was a lifetime favorite since read at age 13 or so. This author described the book, the feelings it evoked so vividly that I had to find that book NOW. That book was One Hundred Years of Solitude.
I am of a curious and obsessive sort when I get on a tangent about something. (I can just hear that Husband o’ mine snort ‘ya think?!?’) So I went to the library and checked out the above mentioned book as well as couple of other books by Mr. Marquez. (Love in the Time of Cholera was one.) The first thing I read was a foreword the author himself had written–some comments about the collection of short stories I held in my hand, observations about life and his perceptions and thoughts at the time. The book of short stories was called Strange Pilgrims. The foreword was conversational and entertaining. I wanted to meet this man, much less read his work.
Even with such a like for the author himself, I could not get into either of the above mentioned novels and thus gave up at the time–for I do not ‘press on’ through books that don’t grab my attention and make turning the pages enjoyable for me. Life is far too short for that. The collection of short stories left me more puzzled than anything…I read several of them, but not all.
All of that being said, I must find a copy of that foreword and share why I like the man. I so want to find a short story or excerpt of his work that I like. While I won’t plow through books that don’t grab me to find it, I will search the World Wide Web for notable quotes or excerpts and hope I find one upon which to hang my hat of admiration. If not ~shrug~ I still like Gabriel Garcia Marquez…