By Gabriel García Márquez
I loved reading this novel. In one sense, it's a straightforward tale of unrequited love, but it also has these gorgeous mythical parts. I liked it so much that when I met President Václav Havel, I gave him a copy, and he said, "I love having this, but I've already read it!" Later, I went to Colombia and met president Pastrana, who hosted a small dinner while I was there, and invited Márquez. Afterward, Márquez and I drove through Cartagena, and he pointed out places he'd written about in this book. He also told me that people think his stories are completely made up, but he said that they all bear some relationship to reality and that in his memoirs, he would explain who was who.