by admin on July 12, 2012

mother of gabriel garcia marquez

esme’s afternoon book group had read LIVING TO TELL THE TALE, the autobiography of gabriel garcia marquez.  esme will confess that she was never able to get through his novels, nor was she able to make it more than 1/3 of the way through his life.  so many long names, confusing places, switches in time……interspersed with breathtakingly beautiful writing.

esme was quite captivated by sr. marquez’ descriptions of his mother.  check this out:

“she had a beautiful roman nose, and she was dignified and pale, and more distinguished than ever because of that year’s fashion:  a silk dress the color of marble with a waist dropped to the hips, several loops of a pearl necklace, silver shoes with an instep strap and high heels, and a hat of fine straw in the shape of a bell like the ones in silent movies.  her embrace surrounded me in the particular scent i always smelled on her, and a lightning flash of guilt shook me body and soul because i knew that my duty was to love her but i felt that i did not.”

this was a woman always on the verge of poverty, and who went on to have 11 children!  in such situations esme always longs desperately for a photo…..or a facebook page.  well, none were published in the book, but look what esme found on the web (see above)!





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