For this week:
Let’s take a magical history tour this week, with a focus on Historical Fiction. That is, contemporary novels with a historical setting. I like to give choices, so here they are, pick the question(s) that appeal to you:
Do you have a favorite book that really pulled you back in time, or perhaps gave you a special interest in that period? Include a link to a review of it on another book blog if you can find one (doesn’t have to be a Weekly Geek participant).
My favorite period is the Middle Ages, both for historical fiction and fantasy and several people have blogged about some great books already so I’m heading in a completely different direction. What about fiction that covers an extended period of time? My favorite novel of this type is one that changed my view of literature completely when I was introduced to it by my literature professor.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was first published in Spanish in 1967 and was translated into English in 1970. It has since been published in 27 languages and Garcia Marquez went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
The novel chronicles the Buendia family over several generations and tells the history of their town, Macondo. It is unclear how much time is actually covered for time bends, slows down, speeds up and at times breaks down completely. There is a sense that everything is happening at once. It explores the issue of eternityand combines many literary elements. It introduced me to magical realism. It also sparked my interest in Latin American history as well as opening the door to the realities of European Colonialism. I began to read other authors, Julio Cortazar, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende and eventually Eduardo Galeano’s Memories of Fire.
This novel is in my top 10 books of all time list. I would recommend it to anyone.
Several links about One Hundred Years of Solitude and Gabriel Garcia Marquez: