Sad news that legendary author Gabriel García Márquez has gone to the Great Library in the sky.
“The best friend a person has is one who has just died.”
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
Yes, he was an avowed Leftist. Yes, he was buddies with Fidel Castro, the tinpot dictator of Cuba. None of that diminishes the fact that he created magical literature. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Autumn of the Patriarch, The General in His Labyrinth. Each of these magnificent books and others carried me away to another place, another time, another life. The Columbian wordsmith’s ease with language was maddening, and I spent as much time with a dictionary as with his prose and poetry. No other author has ever commanded as much respect from me, and his tomes occupied the top shelf in my library.