Archive - June 19, 2014

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Rereading Gabriel García Marquez
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The NPCA Global Education News Now Online

Rereading Gabriel García Marquez

I first read Cien Años de Soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude] in English. The Spanish version was assigned reading for my Latin American literature class, whose kind Chilean professor, Fernando Alegría, would have forgiven me if he’d known. What I didn’t know was that within two years I’d be living not far from the mythical town of Macondo as a Peace Corps volunteer. The recent death of Gabriel García Marquez motivated me to read his epic novel again – this time in Spanish. Fifty years after my posting in Colombia, García Marquez’ wild, extravagant tale stirs up old memories entangled in cobwebs. Faded smells, flavors and feelings come alive. Barranquilla, in northern Colombia, across the Magdalena River from the province wherein lies Macondo, greeted me with a blast of heat, humidity, squadrons of mosquitoes, decaying buildings and the stench of rot. The marginal barrios where I lived and worked . . .

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The NPCA Global Education News Now Online

The NPCA Global Education News is now out online. It can be found at http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/GlobalEdSummer2014.pdf A list of RPCV and Peace Corps books is on page 6. Global Education News is a quarterly teacher resource from the National Peace Corps Association and the Professional Interest Community of ASCD. They welcome your contributions. Please send letters or material for the newsletter to Susan Neyer, Editor, 1701 Lilac Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94595 (925-933-4490) e-mail: SusanNeyer@astound.net

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