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Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Originally titled Vivir Para Contarla in Spanish
Living to Tell the Tale is the first of a trilogy of books that will make up the memoirs of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the renowned novelist from Columbia. This volume tells the story of his first 28 years, from his parents' courtship and marriage, his birth as the oldest of 11 children, and his early career as a journalist and newspaper columnist. Despite his father's insistence that he go to college to get a degree in anything, Gabo never let up on his insistence that he would be a writer. The people of his early life provided him with many of the characters and storylines of his novels to come. His parents' love affair was his inspiration for Love in the Time of Cholera and his grandfather who fathered 12 children by different women became the colonel in One Hundred Years of Solitude. This memoir has received high praise, and the Washington Post says of Living to Tell the Tale, "For Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to write is to remember, and to remember is to write. For him the two are inseparable and essential. Together they have produced some of the great novels of our time, and now, in Living to Tell the Tale, a memoir -- a story -- to take its place beside the best of those."