The Kintu Saga

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi reminded me of García Marquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude but without the magical realism. Kintu is a multi-generational retelling through fiction of the growth and modernization of the area of Africa which we now call Uganda. Makumbi is an excellent new author and is herself Ugandan.

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Five Essential Reads

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Five essential reads

GarcíaDavid L. Ulin, the Los Angeles Times Book Critic, published a short eulogy for Gabriel García Márquez, but, as my original training as a New Critic had me believe unconditionally, the works have a life of their own, independent from the author or the country or the history. Ulin, unlike many other commentaries I have read since the death of García, seems to recognize this and focuses on the books written by Gabriel García Márquez.

[From LAT, April 18, 2014]

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