One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Imagine the virtuosity that is required of a writer to write something that's been called "the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race", and that has been attributed as the definitive novel about the colonial history of Colombia. Imagine being a writer considered to be at the forefront of a particular style of literature. But you really don't have to imagine, you just have to read One Hundred Years of Solitude, a true masterpiece written by a writer who has secured his place in literary Valhalla.

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ISBN: 9780061120091
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 30th, 2006

Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff

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Marriages have long been the subject of literary fascination, and oftentimes the depiction of the institution is that of a failing relationship burdened by infidelity and boredom. In Groff's masterpiece, that is not the case. She writes about one that, despite its secrets and trials, is largely successful. At the novel's heart is a compelling story about the history and the connection between two people of disparate backgrounds, bolstered by lyrical and intricate writing that channels the epic poetry of the Greeks. A bold choice considering that marriages are often not the most immediate subject of epic poetry, but it is a choice that pays off because it magnifies the mundane and gives it more edge.

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ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Julieta - Alice Munro

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This slim volume is a triptych of stories from Munro's collection Runaway that has been adapted by Pedro Almodovar into the movie Julieta. Though Almodovar's adaptation is a feat of cinema, it can be said that, in this particular case, the adage "the book is better than the movie" rings true. Despite Almodovar's formidable skill as a filmmaker, he can never expect to match Munro's ability to write about the peculiarities of human connection and the sadness when those connections are severed. It seems that there is no human experience that Munro cannot write about, from death to love, and in these three stories her unparalleled ability is on full display.

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ISBN: 9780525434252
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Published: Vintage - December 13th, 2016