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Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the second documentary about a writer I have watched in the past few days.  This 2015 documentary chronicles the author’s rise from a small Colombian town to becoming one of the world’s greatest and beloved writers.

We learn the genesis behind his greatest novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Garcia Marquez begins his writing career as a journalist and that background laid the foundation for all of his works.  Also, the documentary covers his political affiliations especially with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and former President Clinton. Garcia Marquez had a genuine and complicated friendship with Castro that troubled many Latin American intellectuals and scholars at the time.

Gabo’s greatest contribution to literature was bringing the magical realism genre into mainstream fiction.  Of course, he was not the first writer to exhibit those qualities in his fiction.  However, when One Hundred Years of Solitude was published by a small Argentinian publisher in 1967, the novel became an instant success and has sold over 45 million copies worldwide.  It is the second most translated work of fiction from Spanish after Don Quixote. The novel brought a new genre to the forefront of contemporary literature.

The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles and about 90 minutes long.  It does a good job showing the successes, failures, friendships, and contradictions that made up Latin America’s greatest writer.  I will admit that I have only read those aforementioned novels and Love In the Time of Cholera is my favorite.  I was surprised to find that Garcia Marquez based the novel on his parents’ marriage and wanted to have a happy ending to be respected in literature.

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is worth watching for literary and documentary aficionados. You just never know where great art will come from in the world and how it can touch so many people.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez did that with his writing and readers are much better for it.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 65: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Sometimes you can listen to an author explain what made them write a novel and it changes your mind about reading that book.  This was the case for A Wizard of Earthsea, the first book of Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Leguin. I recently watched the documentary called The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 63: The Practice by Seth Godin

Seth Godin is becoming one of my favorite public thinkers. I read his blog daily and listen to his podcast, Akimbo, as often I can.  Also, I have read several of his books like Tribes, Permission Marketing, and This Is Marketing.  He’s had a pulse on the business world for over three decades. His latest… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary

I just finished watching a documentary on Ursula K. Le Guin, the great writer of Imaginative and speculative fiction. I know that Le Guin has categorized and championed herself as a science fiction and fantasy writer.  After watching this documentary, I get why she has embraced the genre as where she belongs. However, I believe… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 62: The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday

I have shared many times on this blog I read for story, characters, setting, and what an author is trying to say about life. Story is my reading language.  I don’t put down many books once I read them.  However, if there’s no story, I’m out as a reader.  I will admit that I don’t… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 60: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

What if your family tried to keep their connection to a powerful magic away from you? What happens when you find out that your family is connected to that magic for years? Sierra Santiago learns about her family’s connection to a powerful magic in Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, the first book of the Shadowshaper… Continue Reading