Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Top 10 fictional families

Simon Mason's books for children include: The Quigleys, The Quigleys at Large, The Quigleys Not for Sale and The Quigleys in a Spin. He has also written three adult novels and The Rough Guide to Classic Novels. His latest book is Moon Pie.

At the Guardian, he named his top ten fictional families, including:
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Six generations of the Buendías family, most of the men helpfully called Aureliano, invent family life from scratch in the South American swamps of Macondo. The men are fantastical and useful, the women loving and vengeful: improbable magic, tender love and bitter feuds are their main occupations. Famous as the novelist who invented "magic realism", Marquez commented that he was just telling stories like his grandmother used to do. Some grandmother.
Read about another family on the list.

One Hundred Years of Solitude made Rebecca Stott's five best list of historical novels. It is one of Lynda Bellingham's six best books, Walter Mosley's five favorite books, and Eric Kraft's five most important books, and one of James Patterson's five most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue