Three Books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez That You Must Read

If you’ve put off reading the work of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Wednesday in Mexico City, please don’t.

For years I resisted reading his great classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Novelist William Kennedy famously called it “the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race,” and that was precisely what scared me off. That and the fact that the title consists of the words “one hundred years” and “solitude.”