Of Love and Other Demons

Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Alexander Maxwell

 

I have always admired the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to me he is a master story teller. He has the ability to weave an entertaining tale, which at first glance may seem like a journey to a distant land, where people seem slightly strange, with difficult names to pronounce, although by the time I arrive at the end. Marquez leaves me feeling like I am looking into an obscure mirror, and at those around me, at the character traits and paths we choose to follow.

 

Of Love and Other Demons , is no less so. Marquez weaves this story of a young girl and a dog with rabies, with colonialism, religion and medicine, and the unbelievable cruelty of the human race into an unusual colourful quilt. Although when you finally finish and hold it up to the light, such as when observing an abstract painting the more one stares, the more one sees and the deeper you sink into the problem he has highlighted.

“The Task of the writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly”, as Anton Checkov once observed.

 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has to my mind always achieved this superbly and in his own unique style, which for me makes reading his books so enjoyable. He takes the reader to places they have never contemplated or knew existed and leaves them to wonder through the streets, and minds, of the foolish, insane and the misunderstood. The characters he crafts, become so real in their absurdity. They frighten the reader into a surreal world before they wake; pondering if the journey was all just a dream, or a nightmare. If you like books with depth and magical realism? I recommend reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 

Alexander Maxwell