Of love and bitter almonds…

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

                               –First line in Love in the Time of Cholera,

                                      by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Bitter almonds
Bitter almonds

Today, when I read the wordpress daily prompt asking bloggers to quote the first line of our favorite book,  immediately writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez came to mind.

Off the top of my head, I could not come up with the first line of my favorite book of his Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), but looked it up. Marquez writes in a style commonly known as magical realism, characterized with conflicting points of view.  One is based on reality, but is blended with one holding elements of the supernatural, or magical.  This style can also  be found in the works of American novelist Toni Morrison and Latin writer Isabel Allende.

To look up first lines from other great works, check out WikiQuotes Opening Lines page.

It was difficult to choose a favorite book, so here is my top 5 Favorite books:

Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
Tom Robbin's Another Roadside Attraction
Tom Robbin’s Another Roadside Attraction
Gabriel Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years Solitude
Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha
Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera

I love lists and it was fun to share a bit of my favorites here.  Here are a few other cool book resources:

Happy reading!

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