I hadn’t really been looking forward to reading the two Gabriel García Márquez books that are on my 100 Books to Read Before I Die list, largely because I knew he was one of the Names when it comes to Magic Realism, a literary style I’ve never been fond of. This book, however, was another example of just why I HAVE my list, because I’d never have picked it up of my own accord, but I ended up loving it. I even ended up appreciating the kind of Magic Realism that he employs, amazingly enough.

It’s slow moving and strongly narrative-based, but somehow it draws you in and keeps you enthralled despite this. It’s the kind of book that sticks with you once it finishes and I think I’ll be thinking about it for a while.