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.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Has Died

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.