March 3, 2004
The General In His Labyrinth fleshed out the life of Simon Bolivar, putting a human face on El Liberador while following him through the last months of his life. Gabriel Garcia Marquez works his lyrical wonder while giving us a historical account of the liberation of South America along the way.
My next book is Reading Lolita In Tehran, by Azar Nafisi, a blend of memoir, literary criticism and social history. The story of a literature professor who returns to her native Tehran to teach banned western books has been strongly recommended and looks like a fascinating read.