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Vocabulary from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014)

April 17, 2014
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17, 2014. A novelist, short story writer and poet of boundless imagination, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Here is a list of 10 vocabulary words, focusing on Marquez's most famous novels, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera." These words in context provide a sense of the rhythm of Marquez's prose and the use of imagery that made him unique.
sequester
He...declared to be public property any animals walking the streets after six in the evening, and made men who were overage wear red armbands. He sequestered Father Nicanor in the parish house under pain of execution and prohibited him from saying mass or ringing the bells unless it was for a Liberal victory. In order that no one would doubt the severity of his aims, he ordered a firing squad organized in the square and had it shoot a scarecrow- One Hundred Years of Solitude
lucid
He repeated until his dying day that there was no one with more common sense, no stonecutter more obstinate, no manager more lucid or dangerous, than a poet.- Love in the Time of Cholera
oblige
He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.- Love in the Time of Cholera
abject
He had not stopped desiring her for a single instant. He found her in the dark bedrooms of captured towns, especially in the most abject ones, and he would make her materialize in the smell of dry blood on the bandages of the wounded, in the instantaneous terror of the danger of death, at all times and in all places.-One Hundred Years of Solitude
artifice
He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.- Love in the Time of Cholera
decrepitude
He remained motionless for several days in the farthest corner of the courtyard, where no one would see him, and at the beginning of December some large, stiff feathers began to grow on his wings, the feathers of a scarecrow, which looked more like another misfortune of decrepitude.- A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
lethargy
"Stagnant" here means "not flowing, without force or vitality"
"Over the weekend the vultures got into the presidential palace by pecking through the screens on the balcony windows and the flapping of their wings stirred up the stagnant time inside, and at dawn on Monday the city awoke out of its lethargy of centuries with the warm, soft breeze of a great man dead and rotting grandeur- The Autumn of the Patriarch
grandeur
Over the weekend the vultures got into the presidential palace by pecking through the screens on the balcony windows and the flapping of their wings stirred up the stagnant time inside, and at dawn on Monday the city awoke out of its lethargy of centuries with the warm, soft breeze of a great man dead and rotting grandeur.
- The Autumn of the Patriarch
ignominious
as he discovered... that a lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth, he had arrived without surprise at the ignominious fiction of commanding without power, of being exalted without glory and of being obeyed without authority...-The Autumn of the Patriarch
luminous
He recognized her despite the uproar, through his tears of unrepeatable sorrow at dying without her, and he looked at her for the last and final time with eyes more luminous, more grief-stricken, more grateful than she had ever seen them in half a century of a shared life, and he managed to say to her with his last breath: “Only God knows how much I loved you"-Love in the Time of Cholera

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Sunday April 20th, 10:10 PM
Comment by: Judy M.
Excellent words I guess it's because I knew them all
Thursday April 24th, 10:55 AM
Comment by: Matilda B.
Great words; some are new to me, so I've added them to my list of new words.
Tuesday April 29th, 6:46 AM
Comment by: Julie Ann (Philippines)
Nice!! It really help me find new words and enhance my pronunciation skills :)

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