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Birth and Death: Chelsea Clinton to Gabriel Garcia Márquez

I got two CNN alerts on the heels of one another, attached to each other in Gmail like mating dragonflies.  Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.  And seconds later, Gabriel Garcia Márquez is dead.

My favourite Márquez story is a popular one: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.”  I used to teach it to my students; use it as a space to discuss humanity.  How people can be both wonderful and terrible, brilliant and stupid, all at the same time.

I think I’ll read it to the twins tonight.


1 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.17.14 at 5:18 pm }

I loved 100 Years of Solitude.

Thanks for the link. Maybe it will be our reading tonight, too.

2 Esperanza { 04.17.14 at 5:58 pm }

Cien Años de Soledad is one of my favorite books, but I love so many of his. So sad that he’s gone.

3 Queenie { 04.17.14 at 10:51 pm }

I got them on the heels of each other, too. As ill as he’s been in recent years, such a sad loss.

4 Mali { 04.18.14 at 12:57 am }

I loved Gabriel Garcia Márquez. For his books, and his beautiful name.

5 deathstar { 04.18.14 at 9:09 am }

One Hundred Years of Solitude. I read it in university and it remains one of those books that you never forget. I once saw this guy reading it while doing extra work on TV show. I had to talk to the guy. That guy ended up fobbing me off to his best friend and that friend became my husband.

6 JustHeather { 04.18.14 at 3:24 pm }

Hmm, interesting, I guess.

I tried to read One Hundred Years of Solitude and just couldn’t get into it. Maybe someday I’ll pick it up again and give it a try, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

7 Katherine A { 04.18.14 at 3:45 pm }

Thanks for the link. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorites. I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude in high school and was completely hooked. Sad to hear that he’s gone.

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