This is the first work of Garcia Marquez that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I had read an excerpt at my Spanish class, and I immediately knew I would like it. It's a mix of magical realism and a crime novel. It reads fast (I'm waiting for a weekend of bad weather to read it again!) and leaves you wanting more. I really like all the uncertainties woven into the story, it gives it the realistic feeling I've never had before from a book. I really wonder why it took me so long to start reading South-American literature. Now I have a lot of cathcing up to do!