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Monday, February 16, 2009

Reader's Diary #453- Gabriel García Márquez: Eva Is Inside Her Cat

Though I consider myself an avid and well-rounded reader, I still get a little lost by all the classifications: epistolary fiction, speculative fiction, ecotopian fiction, fan fiction, historical fiction, gothic, inspirational romance... It's getting so I can hardly keep up. Recently I was reading about Gabriel García Márquez and he was credited with popularizing magical realism. Oh boy. It was back to the books again.

"Eva is Inside Her Cat" is my crash course in magical realism and Gabriel García Márquez's writing. It is the story of Eva who suffers from beauty and insomnia. She dies at some point in the story and her spirit searches for an appropriate person or animal to plant itself in. I think.

So new am I to magical realism that I don't know if it's a good fit for me or not. I did find it poetic at times, and I like poetry, but is this the point? Am I supposed to be taking it as an allegory? Are the insects metaphorical? Maybe I'm supposed to believe in the supernatural elements, not interpret them in another way. Or maybe the confusion is the intent. I don't know.

I do know that I didn't hate it. Didn't love it either. But I will explore this magical realism further. Maybe someday you'll see my thoughts hung like drying kelp on the piano wire that shoots from my temples. Or maybe not.

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7 comments:

C. B. James said...

You might try No One Writes to the Colonel. It's a novella but it has not magical realism in it. I think it's quite good.

Lynda said...

Magical realism???
Not sure that's for me.
have a good week

Lizzy Siddal said...

I'm not sure about magical realism either. Some Marquez is fantastic - "News of A Kidnapping" is my favourite but not magical realism. I enjoyed "Chronicle of A Death Foretold" years ago and I'm about to reread it.

Hope you don't mind me linking to my latest short story reviews - posted yesterday - on your short story Monday.

John Mutford said...

CB James: I'm not entirely closed to the magical realism and in any case, I will try something longer by Marquez.

Lynda: I can definitely see how it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.

Lizzy: By all means post the link here, too. And to CB James' Short Story Sunday. I think I speak on behalf of both of us when I say that we're not in competition. It's all about the love of the short story. It just happens that Monday works best for my schedule, and Sundays work best for others. But no matter what day the week, go ahead and link to your short story post.

BookPsmith said...

Better late than never...I almost missed it this week.

I have heard Isabel Allende's writing described as magical realism. I have tried reading Marquez and it didn't take. Maybe I should try again by reading a short work.

claire said...

John.. Eva is Inside Her Cat is one of the weakest stories of GGM, at least for me. I agree with CB James on No One Writes to the Colonel.

If you want to explore more of his 'magically realistic' stories, Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother is my favourite. Also, The Sea of Lost Time. :)

Teddy Rose said...

I didn't get a chance to read a short story this time round.

I did want to comment on Gabriel García Márquez and magical realism.

I really have a hard time getting into books with a lot of magical realism. I tried 100 Years of Solitude but DNF. However, I read Love in the Time of Cholera and actually enjoyed it. It didn't have a lot of magical realism.

Another book I DNF is Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Again, due to all of the magical realism.