On first reading, way back in secondary school, I found Márquez’s picture of a mythical town interesting enough. But the lack of dialogue and clear narrative confused me, and the novel soon slipped from my mind. Only in the summer of 2015 did I rediscover it. Five years wiser and a whole lot more worldly, I began to appreciate the hidden meaning of each separate storyline, each beautifully written paragraph. I began to see how Márquez had not just created a piece of poetry but an allegory for human life and suffering, and the steady winding of South American history.
Read this book and understand the crazy clever things you can do with the written word.
Set in Macondo, a fictional Colombian town.
Recommended by Rob Adam.
Buy the book here.