The list author says: "I was already a fan of classic literature by the age of ten. Homer, Tacitus, Suetonious were my first readings, a precocious freak of nature I soon followed suite with Poe, Schiller and everything written by Balzac, got so hooked on Balzac that started drinking coffee like crazy and considered the idea of adding the particle "D'" to my last name. Of course my last name being Rodriguez, not so sure it would have been as elegant but hey, I was only eleven by then. What follows is a list of my favorite Spanish books and authors by my 21 birthday (that list with a few additions was still the same by my 48th birthday)."
"Finally Mario is a Nobel Prize guy. Read this novel if you want to impress your well-read friends and dismiss any criticism about your literary taste. A cathedral on it self this book is ambitious, smart and insanely well written."
"Carpentier, born French (stayed French pretty much)and Cuban by insularity wrote his greatest novel without knowing that Sofia's words: "we have to do something" will become the secret mantra of 10 millions Cubans immovilized under the iron fist of Castrocommunism."
"A group of bohemians in Paris discuss love, art, Chinese torture methods and Charlie Parker, all this intertwined with digressions in time and space pretty much leaving you exhausted after a marathon of over 700 pages. Uh, did a mention the exchangeable chapters?"
"A masterpiece about what happens to revolutionaries when the revolution is over, I'll tell you so you don't have to read the novel: they perpetuate themselves in power, they become (or always were but we were to busy applauding) corrupted, ruthless machines of creating suffering and destruction."
"Rulfo published his novel in 1955, he is a pioneer of the movement and this masterpiece already contains all the elements of the boom: profanities and regional language, sintax pirotechnics, magic-realism, multiple time/space planes coexisting..."
"Hats off! A very transgressive piece of poetry shapped into a 600 pages novel, a behemoth where St Thomas, the tokonoma, Cuban cuisine and sexuality are conversational themes for 3 youngters in Havana The novel is about the discovery of the image and how friendships, conversation, readings and all kind of sensual experiences pave the way to literary creation."
"Jose Donoso's great novel is about "the last member of the aristocratic Azcoitia family, a monstrous mutation who is protected from the knowledge of his deformity by being surrounded by other freaks.""
"One more Nobel prize. Miguel Angel Asturias wrote this outstanding novel about how pleasant is to live under a dictatorship. Lots of dream imagery, discontinuous structure, abrupt changes of style and viewpoint."