Thursday, May 9, 2013

What is Magical Realism?

Magical realism is a genre of literature where magical elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, everyday setting.  Some examples are:  Like Water for Chocolate, Beloved, Practical Magic, Chocolat, and almost anything by Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Authors from around the world use magical realism but those from Latin America are the most prolific.

Try some of the following world-renowned books and authors:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Canada)--made into an Oscar-nominated film.
Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella (Canada)--the movie Field of Dreams is based on this book.
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Chile)--made into a 1993 movie.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia)--the master.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (Great Britain)--made into a 2000 film.
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (Great Britain)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (India)
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japan)
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Mexico)--made into a  2000 movie.
The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes (Mexico)
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie (Washington State)
Tracks by Louise Erdrich (Minnesota)
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (Washington DC)--made into 2006 film.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (New York)--made into 1999 movie.
The Green Mile by Stephen King (Maine)--made into 2000 film.
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Ohio)--made into 1998 movie.
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor (New York)
The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols (New Mexico)--film directed by Robert Redford.

How about some newer titles: 

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (North Carolina)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (California)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Massachusetts)
Swamplandia by Karen Russell (Florida)--Pulitzer Prize nominee.

 Some other movies:

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Being John Malkovitch
Big Fish
City of Angels
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
It's a Wonderful Life
Pan's Labyrinth

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