If you were unsure before, the following information will be definitive proof of my true and very profound inner nerd. Let’s press on.
You might know that I’m in graduate school. What you might not know is that my degree will be in Hispanic Literature. Some people think that means I’m a nerd because I read books, poetry, and critical essays all the days of my life. Some people think I’m even more of a nerd because I read them in a language that is not my native tongue.
I’d like to discuss my favorite book of all time with y’all: Cien años de soledad (100 Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez.
Written by the winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature, this is the story of José Arcadio Buendía and his wife Úrsula who found a fictitious town (Macondo) which is a metaphor for Colombia. The town actually makes an appearance in several other works by García Márquez. It spans several generations and most editions come with a large family tree to keep readers from being totally confused. The characters are incredible. There’s war, sex, magic, ghosts, family, adventure, and love. I love the symbolism, metaphors, and major themes. I love the author’s ability to tell the story, even though the plot is non-linear. This novel is one of the best examples of magic realism, a style highly representative of modern Latin American literature. When I grow up and become the matriarch of a big family, I’m modeling myself on Úrsula Buendía. I can’t think of a single thing about this book that I don’t like.
Have you heard of Love in the Time of Cholera? Same author.
I certainly don’t think a single one of my readers is stupid, but people tend to avoid “real literature” or “heavy literature” because they think it is too hard to read or too deep. But please, if you are looking for something to read, go for this one. Trust me. And I promise you can find it in English.
What book brings out your inner nerd?