TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: April 18, 2014
Gabriel García Márquez: The Rivers of our Life
Nobel Laureate author Gabriel García Márquez, 87, passed away yesterday. Those who read him owe so much to his ability to reveal and reflect upon the sombre magic of everyday life.
We would like to share the link to his short essay The Rivers of our Life, an account of a sentimental journey by boat on Colombia's Magdalena River, the river that shaped his youth. It is a journey in time as well, through which the pristine river of his younger years has been transformed into a polluted, degraded stream.
Most tellingly, Marquez describes the life of a friend who laboured many long years on a 30-volume master plan for the Magdalena River, was disgusted that nothing happened of it, and then threw away the other half of his life by drowning himself in the same river.
In memory of the brilliant writer and to remind ourselves there is more within words than plain text, please read ....