“At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point,” (Gabriel García Márquez, 1970).
This quote comes from the novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Colombian author, Gabriel García Márquez. The village that is described in the quote, Macondo, is the magical village that is illustrated in today’s Google doodle, drawn by Matthew Cruickshank, as seen below:
With today’s doodle, Google celebrates what would have been Gabriel García Márquez’s 91st birthday.
Born on March 6, 1927, García Márquez grew to be one of the most iconic authors of the 20th century, defining the genre of magical realism with his novels such as “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.” Although García Márquez passed away on April 17, 2014 due to pneumonia, today’s vibrant Google illustration is bringing him and his beautiful work back to life.
Every detail in the Google Doodle, from the plants, to the wildlife, small adobe houses and the yellow butterfly, are representative of elements from García Márquez’s famous novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” This novel, which García Márquez had originally written in Spanish, was published in 1967 and was later published in English in 1970. Shortly after the release of the novel, hundreds of thousands of copies of the book were sold. García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and became a huge inspiration for several novelists, such as Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz. Today “One Hundred Days of Solitude” is classified as one of the Literary Classics, alongside other highly criticized novels such as “Pride and Prejudice” and “A Tale of Two Cities.”
Fans of García Márquez are sharing the Google Doodle and taking the time to recommend some of his greatest works.
Today's Google doodle honors the birthday of magic realist author extraordinaire Gabriel García Márquez. Two short stories I would recommend that you read: "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" and "Death Constant Beyond Love." Haunting allegories of how love & kindness win.
— Clint D. Bryan (@ClintDBryan) March 6, 2018
Others are sharing the Google doodle, accompanied by a list of their favorite quotes from some of his novels.
Google honors Gabriel García Márquez's 91st birthday. Favorite book is Love in the Time of Cholera. Prepárate for these quotes. pic.twitter.com/WHep1QKvkX
— Daniela Roldan (@oyesoydani) March 6, 2018
Overall, people across the internet are filled with tremendous joy that one of their favorite authors of all time is being honored today.
Gabriel García Márquez. He taught us the only way to love. Happy birthday to the man who changed the way we look at bitter almonds forever! ❤ Which is your favourite Gabo quote? #GabrielGarciaMarquez #loveislove #LoveintheTimeofCholera #OneHundredYearsofSolitude #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #buymeabookstore #booksoverdiamonds #bookworm #favouritebook #NobelLaureate #FlorentinoAriza #tribute
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Happy Birthday, Gabriel!