A few years ago, whenever I discovered new authors that I enjoyed, I would read various books by them in a short period of time, instead of venturing into the unknown again. However, some of those authors I just then stopped reading books by for no particular reason and almost forgot about them. After a quick look at my shelves, I discovered three authors in that situation.
The first book I read by Paul Auster was The Book of Illusions. It tells the story of a man obsessed with the life of a silent film star. I don’t remember much about the book, besides quite enjoying it to the point of buying and reading Timbuktu soon after. The hero of that novel is Mr Bones, a dog that is the best friend of a homeless man from Brooklyn. We follow their emotional journey to Baltimore in search of a new house for Mr. Bones.
I then read The Story of my Typewriter, which I got for free when I bought Timbuktu. This is quite a short non-fiction book where Paul Auster tells the story of how he formed an attachment to his typewriter. It is accompanied by gorgeous and colourful paintings of the typewriter by Sam Messer.
Paul Auster was the author behind the idea for this post. After deciding that I wanted to read 4 3 2 1, I realised that I haven’t read one of his books in ages, despite having read three of his books in a short period of time in the past.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I have read three books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. All of them short and, if I’m not mistaken, all of them in the same year (probably 2008). Chronicle of a Death Foretold tells the story of the murder of Santiago Nasar by two brothers. I believe that this tale was inspired by real-life events, but it’s a work of fiction. The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, on the other hand, is a non-fiction account of a real-life event: the shipwreck of the destroyer Caldas. The last book I read by the Colombian author was Memories of My Melancholy Whores, which focuses on a ninety-year-old man who, after falling in love with ‘Delgadina’, recalls all the women he has paid to have sex with.
Orhan Pamuk came on my radar after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. The first book I read by him was The New Life, a road novel about a young student who longs for the life promised in a book. I don’t remember why, but I really liked this book and even wrote down some quotes from it at the time. The only other book I read by Pamuk was The White Castle, a historical fiction novel about a young Italian scholar who, after being taken prisoner, becomes the slave and tutor of a Turkish scholar who happens to be his exact double.
Have you read books by any of these authors? Leave your recommendations in the comments!