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A Cataclysm in Repose Gabriel Garcia Marquezs A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings is a short story that fuses together magical and realistic elements In an interview Marquez explains the influences and origins of this unique style of writing The story not surprisingly is about an old man with enormous wings who somehow ends up in a small Caribbean or Central American town and the events that surround this occurrence The story is written in such a way that magical elements appear in a seemingly realistic setting The interview with Marquez although never specifically mentioning the story provides insight as to how he achieves writing in this oxymoronic style Marquez attributes his magical-realistic style of writing to the reciprocal relationship between novels and journalism Marquez says that his true profession is that of a journalist 131 This background in journalism helps keep his writing in a close relationship with reality 137 Marquez further states that trying to transpose reality can lead to losing contact with it and journalism is a good guard against that As a journalist Gabriel Garcia Marquez believes that writing is hard work that requires a certain technique with structure and careful attention to detail Marquez also describes a journalistic trick 138 used to make things credible saying that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants in the sky is much more believable than simply stating there are elephants in the sky Evidence of this journalistic influence is clearly seen throughout A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and this makes the story seem much more believable Another important aspect of Marquezs writing is his use of vivid imagery He began writing by drawing cartoons and in the genesis of all his books theres always an image 143 such as a photograph Gabriel Garcia Marquez visited his hometown and he experienced it as everything in the town evolved into literature Marquez follows by saying that its always easy to
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