And I was thinking whether I should get L'estranger.What about also mentioning the books we've read that have left the most boring impression? For me I think it was "L'étranger" by Camus. But, thankfully, unlike One Hundred Years of Solitude, it's short.
Edit: Oh, "L'assomoir" by Zola, too, which wears well its name. Still slightly less boring than "L'étranger", though, if I remember correctly.
Perhaps La Nausée by Sartre. I never got beyond the first ten pages, unfortunately. Maybe I'll try it again today. Who knows?
Was 100 years of Solitude the best of Márquez you read?"Hier maman est morte". I remember that line but not much else about it.
I read quite a bit of García Márquez when I was learning Spanish 20-odd years ago. Magic realism never really floated my boat, but for someone reared on the mainstream of 18th-20th century European fiction he evokes a refreshingly different world. He has a masterly prose style too.
I do agree that he writes well. But it should have some sort of interesting plot to keep on to, because I'm not reading poems. Speaking of magical realism, I *think* I might prefer the Tin Drum.