Friday, 12 November 2004

Pynchon on Marquez

Wow. Thanks to Jonathan Schroeder, I found this old review of one of my all-time favourite novels, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, by one of my all-time favourite novelists, Thomas Pynchon. Magnificent.
He writes with impassioned control, out of a maniacal serenity: the Garcimarquesian voice we have come to recognize from the other fiction has matured, found and developed new resources, been brought to a level where it can at once be classical and familiar, opalescent and pure, able to praise and curse, laugh and cry, fabulate and sing and when called upon, take off and soar.
A worthy review of a book I'm altogether unworthy of.

[A personal top 5 novel list: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera. Nick Hornby, High Fidelity. James Joyce, Ulysses. Richard Farina, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.]




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