Saturday, November 8, 2008

Weekly Geek 24

1. Choose a writer you like.
2. Using resources such as Wikipedia, the author’s website, whatever you can find, make a list of interesting facts about the author.
3. Post your fun facts list in your blog, maybe with a photo of the writer, a collage of his or her books, whatever you want.
4. Come sign the Mr Linky below with the url to your fun facts post.
5. As you run into (or deliberately seek out) other Weekly Geeks’ lists, add links to your post for authors you like or authors you think your readers are interested in.

Oh, so many authors! I was a-dithering over Stephen King, or Neil Gaiman, or Elizabeth Knox, or Agatha Christie or Dean Koontz or ... in order to make this easier on my tiny brain, I've decided to go with the author of the book I'm reading.

So. I'm reading Love in the Time of Cholera.
Therefore my author is Gabriel Garcia Marquez and here is what I have learned about him from Wikipedia:

1) His full name is Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez
2) He was born on March 6 1927, making him 81 years old
3) In 1982 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
4) His best-known works are One Hundred Years of Solitude (which I've read three times) and Love in the Time of Cholera
5) He has also worked as a journalist and written other novels and short stories
6) He is a film critic and founded and served as executive director of the Film Institute of Havana, was the Head of the Latin American Film Foundation, and has written several screenplays
7) He is married with two sons
8) He published his first work in secondary school, in the school magazine, Juventud
9) In 1999 he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, which went into remission after a successful course of chemotherapy10) The first part of his projected three-part autobiography _ Living to Tell the Tale _ was published in 2003 and his last published work came out in 2004 _ Memories of my Melancholy Whores. He is, according to the article, working on a new book.


Kerrie said...

not a book I've read so far although I've seen it mentioned a few times now.

Marg said...

I love reading GGM's books, even though sometimes they are not the simplest books to read. I am specifically talking about One Hundred Years of Solitude - I read it with a group and will always be grateful that I did. It helped with my understanding, and it remains one of my favourite books.

Maree said...

I agree, Marg. I read it the first time at university, for a modernist fiction paper, and it helped me understand it a lot more than I would have otherwise. :)

Louise said...

Can't remember if I have commented on this book on your blog already. If so, I ask for your forgiveness for repeating myself ;-)

But thanks for an interesting post. I read Love in the Time of Cholera a while ago and found it a good book. I think it has some of the same qualities as Allende's House of Spirits, although I like that one much much better than Love....

Have you read House of Spirits? If not, then I hugely recommend it.


Sherrie said...

Great post! That book is on my TBR list. Thanks for stopping by my place. Take Care!!


Kim said...

I have not read anything by him although I see his books around all the time! They look daunting. Thanks for sharing him with us...

Lynda said...

I've a couple of his books on my TBR list ;0)