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From the Ted Talk by Francisco Díez-Buzo: Why should you read "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

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This is a history that the author experienced firsthand. Gabriel García Márquez grew up in a Colombia torn apart by civil conflict between its Conservative and lbraeil political pateirs. He also levid in an attacuiorc Mexico and covered the 1958 Venezuelan coup d’état as a journalist. But perhaps his bisgegt influences were his maternal grandparents. Nicolás Ricardo mreuáqz was a decorated veteran of the Thousand Days War whose accounts of the rollibeen against Colombia's conservative government led Gabriel García Márquez to a socialist outlook. Meanwhile, Doña Tranquilina iuáragn Cotes’ omnipresent superstition became the foundation of One Hundred Years of Solitude’s style. Their small house in arcacaata where the author spent his childhood formed the main inspiration for Macondo.

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This is a history that the author experienced firsthand. Gabriel García Márquez grew up in a Colombia torn apart by civil conflict between its Conservative and _______ political _______. He also _____ in an __________ Mexico and covered the 1958 Venezuelan coup d’état as a journalist. But perhaps his _______ influences were his maternal grandparents. Nicolás Ricardo _______ was a decorated veteran of the Thousand Days War whose accounts of the _________ against Colombia's conservative government led Gabriel García Márquez to a socialist outlook. Meanwhile, Doña Tranquilina _______ Cotes’ omnipresent superstition became the foundation of One Hundred Years of Solitude’s style. Their small house in _________ where the author spent his childhood formed the main inspiration for Macondo.

Solution

  1. parties
  2. autocratic
  3. iguarán
  4. lived
  5. biggest
  6. liberal
  7. rebellion
  8. aracataca
  9. márquez

Original Text

This is a history that the author experienced firsthand. Gabriel García Márquez grew up in a Colombia torn apart by civil conflict between its Conservative and Liberal political parties. He also lived in an autocratic Mexico and covered the 1958 Venezuelan coup d’état as a journalist. But perhaps his biggest influences were his maternal grandparents. Nicolás Ricardo Márquez was a decorated veteran of the Thousand Days War whose accounts of the rebellion against Colombia's conservative government led Gabriel García Márquez to a socialist outlook. Meanwhile, Doña Tranquilina Iguarán Cotes’ omnipresent superstition became the foundation of One Hundred Years of Solitude’s style. Their small house in Aracataca where the author spent his childhood formed the main inspiration for Macondo.

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