Magic Books

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I missed Write or Die Wednesday but I think you can write anytime and the topic is too captivating to resist. This week, the prompt came in the form of a picture and quote.wodw-stephenking-books-magic

I don’t believe in magic, as it is defined culturally. We all know most “magic tricks” are a complete farce, utilizing carefully-chosen accomplices and slight of hand to trick the audience. But if we define magic as pushing the limits of what we think is possible, then that’s another matter entirely. Because when we see miracles, they seem magical too.

If we use that definition, then of course, books are magical and bring a different experience to each reader.

I am currently reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s the longest a book has taken me in a long time but I read a few pages at a time, set it aside and just revel in the words.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for this book and has been credited with initiating the genre of writing called magical realism. In his own words, Marquez says he learned this style of storytelling from his grandmother, who would spin a tale as fantastical as ever with a straight face, so you didn’t know, and often didn’t question whether it was true.

And so, Marquez writes of improbable and impossible events but weaves them into a normal story such that you start to question if they are indeed possible.

  • Like all the inhabitants of a town catching insomnia, like a plague, and losing their memories so they write signs to remind them of all the things they need to do and when they need to do it.
  • Like a priest giving the sign of the cross and the ashes being indelible so that the recipients carry the marks forever.
  • Like a man being turned into a snake.
  • The stories are so woven in, you almost don’t question them, because you realize the story needs those things for it to be true.

It’s almost magical… except that there’s no such thing as magic. It’s just the lure of the books that they can transport you into another time and another place and make you forget that you don’t really belong there and that, in fact, that other place doesn’t exist.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died last year and he refused to have the book adapted to a movie because he understood that what I imagine when I read this book could never be captured by someone else’s camera. The magic must remain in our minds.Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Mia says:

    This sounds like an amazing book, Karen! I really need to read it. And I like that the author stuck to his guns and didn’t allow it to become a movie.

    Thanks for linking up with us! WODW is always open for a week, so it’s totally cool to link up anytime. 🙂 xo

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Don’t worry. It’s a timeless book so you can read anytime 😀


  2. Toni Reyes says:

    The only book I enjoyed reading in High School (in Venezuela) and again in my mid 20s… I may be due for another re-read. I love GGM and his magic realism but I didn’t know that story about his grandmother. I don’t know how cultural it is but my mother and some of my aunts could also spin tales off the top of their heads that would transport us kids to other worlds.


    1. Run Wright says:

      I find that when I reread books, especially favorites, I find something new to love.
      My paternal grandmother could tell a good story too. Didn’t know if it was real or not. 😊

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  3. Kay R. says:

    Sounds like a great read. Ill have to look it up. I usually avoid this genre but once I get into it I cant stop!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Run Wright says:

      I’d love to hear what you think if/when you read it


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