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message 1: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Quann Awesome review Kevin! Bookgasm puts an experience I've had into a single word. Well done!


message 2: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Sumi I love this review! I need to reread this book. And I think every subsequent edition of this novel should include your "Harry Met Salvatora bookgasm" quote on the dust jacket.


message 3: by Kevin (last edited May 15, 2016 09:49AM) (new)

Kevin Ansbro Glenn wrote: "I love this review! I need to reread this book. And I think every subsequent edition of this novel should include your "Harry Met Salvatora bookgasm" quote on the dust jacket."

Thank you, @Matthew and @Glenn, you are both too kind.
I had a cinematic image flash through my mind of Glenn, in a library, saying to the librarian, "I'll have what he's having." : )


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Wonderful, wonderful review, Kevin! Thank you, I must read this book! : )


message 5: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Anne wrote: "Wonderful, wonderful review, Kevin! Thank you, I must read this book! : )"

Thank you, @Jill & @Anne!
His style isn't for everyone: as with Rushdie's Midnight's Children, it requires a high level of commitment from the reader.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Jill wrote: "I can do that! Now, I just need to find the time to do extra reading. :)"

Ditto!


message 7: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Ah, but when you stick that pin in the book, do you know which Aureliano or Arcado it's referring to?
;)


message 8: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Cecily wrote: "Ah, but when you stick that pin in the book, do you know which Aureliano or Arcado it's referring to?
;)"


As with Midnight's Children, the book totally loses you and you find yourself going, So, who was he/she again?.
Doesn't detract from its greatness though.
I'm sure that Fifty Shades' story line doesn't lose anyone! : )


message 9: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Ah, but I keep notes, so it's less of a problem. ;)

And Fifty Shades? I have no idea, and no intention of finding out.


message 10: by Paul (last edited Aug 04, 2016 03:53AM) (new)

Paul E. Morph Fab review, Kevin. This is on my list already but I may have to bump it up a few spaces now.


message 11: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Paul wrote: "Fab review, review, Kevin. This is on my list already but I may have to bump it up a few spaces now."

Thank you for reading and commenting, Paul.
It's impossible to disguise my admiration for the writing of Márquez.
Would love to hear your thoughts when you do tackle it.


message 12: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Bookagsm?! I've still not read this author. Too many books..


message 13: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Suzanne wrote: "Bookagsm?! I've still not read this author. Too many books.."

Thanks for reading, Suzanne. : )
Hope you're not too frustrated by the site's new format?


message 14: by Bam (new)

Bam What a fun review! I loved the 'Harry met Salvatora' imagery.


Cathrine ☯️ Great review. I read this in my 20s and really need to reread it. Also, I have never read Rushdie. I know, I know......


message 16: by Cheri (new)

Cheri Lovely review, Kevin, I have had this on my list to read for too long, since I read Love in the Time of Cholera. I know, I really need to set a deadline for some of these!


message 17: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Bam wrote: "What a fun review! I loved the 'Harry met Salvatora' imagery."

Thanks, Bam!
I have my moments...
: )


message 18: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Cathrine ☯ wrote: "Great review. I read this in my 20s and really need to reread it. Also, I have never read Rushdie. I know, I know......"

Whaaaaat?
Never read Rushdie?
I have asked that you be escorted off the Goodreads' premises without delay! ; )
Thanks for reading my review, Cathrine.
And Midnight's Children is well worth a visit, in my humble opinion.


message 19: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Cheri wrote: "Lovely review, Kevin, I have had this on my list to read for too long, since I read Love in the Time of Cholera. I know, I really need to set a deadline for some of these!"

Thank you, Cheri.
The cliché of 'too many books, so little time' is apposite to us all.
And I was so looking forward to reading your recommendation Perfume River until I discovered it wasn't set for release until November! : (


message 20: by Brina (new)

Brina I have been meaning to read this for quite some time. My favorite author is Isabel Allende who is often compared to Marquez, and I love magical realism. Bookgasm what a great new word.


message 21: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Thanks, Brina.
I often see Allende's name mentioned in the same breath as magical realism. I must add her work to my TBR list (in fact, I shall do that now).
Louis de Bernières' Latin American trilogy of books are written in the style of Márquez and Carlos Ruiz Zafón has also run with the baton.


message 22: by Brina (new)

Brina A lot of Latina writers have attempted realismo as well but are not always up to par with Allende, Cristina Garcia being the best of the bunch. House of the Spirits is actually the end of a trilogy but was written first and has the most realismo in it. I have yet to find this genre done well by US writers in comparison to their Latino counterparts.


message 23: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Brina wrote: "A lot of Latina writers have attempted realismo as well but are not always up to par with Allende, Cristina Garcia being the best of the bunch. House of the Spirits is actually the end of a trilogy..."

Ooh, I just added House of Spirits, Brina.
Which of her books do you think I should start with?


message 24: by Priyanka (new)

Priyanka H Great review, Kevin!! I cannot wait to read this one ^_^


message 25: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Anya wrote: "Great review, Kevin!! I cannot wait to read this one ^_^"

Thanks, Anya!
It's a gorgeous book, though the way the sentences are set out, like centurions preparing for battle, without paragraph breaks, takes some getting used to for newcomers to this amazing author.
Would love to hear your thoughts when you do take it on.


message 26: by Priyanka (new)

Priyanka H That is quite a colourful description, Kevin! I just got it delivered a few days back. Will find a quiet day to fully immerse myself in this saga. I think it deserves that much attention, at least! Can't wait to share my reading experience with you.


message 27: by Shine (new)

Shine Sebastian Great review! I purchased this book last month, will read it soon and share my review.


message 28: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Shine wrote: "Great review! I purchased this book last month, will read it soon and share my review."

Thank you, Shine!
I love this book. Look forward to seeing your review!


message 29: by Brina (new)

Brina Finally read this. Allende is still my favorite but she has Marquez to credit for starting the magical realism genre. Wow, just wow.


message 30: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Brina wrote: "Finally read this. Allende is still my favorite but she has Marquez to credit for starting the magical realism genre. Wow, just wow."

So pleased that you enjoyed his work, Brina.
Loved your review!


message 31: by Dean (new)

Dean Kevin, great review....
And also I'm ashamed to confess that until now, I haven't read a single book from Marquez.
But, after your review here, this will quickly been altered.....
Thanks, again Kevin.
Dean:)


message 32: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Dean wrote: "Kevin, great review....
And also I'm ashamed to confess that until now, I haven't read a single book from Marquez.
But, after your review here, this will quickly been altered.....
Thanks, again Kev..."


Thanks, Dean!
Magical Realism is a genre that isn't to everyone's taste, but I love it.


message 33: by Dean (new)

Dean Thanks again, Kevin...
After your fabulous review I cannot withstand!!!
Dean:)


message 34: by Shine (last edited Jan 15, 2017 10:01PM) (new)

Shine Sebastian Just finishe it and... OMG! WHAT A BOOK!!!
Now I can appreciate your review in its whole. There's not a single sentence from Márquez which I cannot call magical! Oh the feelings! One has to read it, there's no way I can put it into words.
:)


message 35: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Shine wrote: "Just finishe it and... OMG! WHAT A BOOK!!!
Now I can appreciate your review in its whole. There's not a single sentence from Marquez which I cannot call magical! Oh the feelings! One has to read i..."


I am so pleased that you have also fallen under Márquez's spell, Shine!
And your review was wonderful.


message 36: by David (new)

David Sarkies Great review. I really have to get around to reading this book sooner rather than later.


message 37: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro David wrote: "Great review. I really have to get around to reading this book sooner rather than later."

Please do, David.
I had a quick rummage in your books list but couldn't see any magical realism-type books that might give me an indication as whether you might like it or not.
I'd love to read your thoughts when you do.


message 38: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Beautifully summed here. Im a tiresome, plodding personality who cannot abide magical realism - except for... Gabriel Garcia Marquez!! And Yann Martel. He was a master. Sumptuous outlandishness fits his works well! Nicely put.


message 39: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro LeAnne wrote: "Beautifully summed here. Im a tiresome, plodding personality who cannot abide magical realism - except for... Gabriel Garcia Marquez!! And Yann Martel. He was a master. Sumptuous outlandishness fit..."

Oo-er. You don't like Salman Rushdie, or Louis de Bernieres, LeAnne?


message 40: by Kenny (new)

Kenny Another great review, Kevin. I must read this now.


message 41: by Robert (new)

Robert Reminding me all over again why I love this book so much.


message 42: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Kenny wrote: "Another great review, Kevin. I must read this now."

Thanks, Kenny. And please let me know when you've read it!


message 43: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Robert wrote: "Reminding me all over again why I love this book so much."

Thanks, Robert! Anyone who enjoys Márquez has heart and soul.


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Lovely review, Kevin! You reminded me, too, about why this is a favorite of mine. I read it in Spanish the first time, which is unfathomable to me now, but at the time I was studying Spanish. I need to read this book again. Definitely one of the greats!


message 45: by Robert (new)

Robert Kevin wrote: "Robert wrote: "Reminding me all over again why I love this book so much."

Thanks, Robert! Anyone who enjoys Márquez has heart and soul."


Thank you for such a compliment -- for myself and all the others.


message 46: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader wrote: "Lovely review, Kevin! You reminded me, too, about why this is a favorite of mine. I read it in Spanish the first time..."

Wow! That is amazing, Jennifer.
I'd previously seen that you awarded this the full five stars and would've been indubitably impressed had you reviewed it in Spanish too! : )


message 47: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Robert wrote: "Thank you for such a compliment -- for myself and all the others...."

Oh, you are so welcome, Robert!


message 48: by Larry (new)

Larry H Fantastic review, Kevin! This is such a beautiful book.


message 49: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ansbro Larry wrote: "Fantastic review, Kevin! This is such a beautiful book."

Thank you, lovely Larry!
I looked for a review on your page, but couldn't find one...


message 50: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Oh how Gabo would have loved this review! Eh, que es eso 'pop my clogs'? Irlandés loco. :-)


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