GGM is a good author. Don't worry too much about "stereotypical" authors, a Fellow I know at Fitzwilliam is "happy if they've read anything at all by a foreign author". Very few prospective students read "Cien anos de soledad" before interview in Spanish, so that would be impressive. However Cronica or El Coronel would be good starting points, Cronica is excellent, like Capote's In Cold Blood, and though nothing happens in El coronel, it's worth a read.
In my interview I told the bloke I'd read Pedro Paramo by Rulfo, and he was quite impressed by that I think. If you like magical realism he is a must.
On the poetry side of things, Romancero Gitano is ok but if you like surrealism then Poet in New York is a must, i think it's marvellous.
My personal favourite is Julio Cortázar and I read el Bestiario and Historias de cronopios y de famas in Spanish, both of them are collections of short stories.
I had my interview a week ago and it was really JUST about literature so begin reading and thinking, personal opinion and impressions count very much I think...
lorca's poetry is somewhat limited though i do like poeta en nueva york.
if you get into esquivel then.
Bloody linguists, always so picky with words.
Yeh....it's called a sense of humour. some linguists have those too....
na i'm just ****ing with you. i'm a linguist too.
It's quite worrying you think reciting little britain quotes provides evidence for your 'bit of a sense of humour'
No, I watch it. I'm just ****ing with you again.
I'm not in cambridge yet....and i hope they're not all like me. That would be rather worrying.
Why not say what i mean....hm. No idea. But hey, i've given you your first lesson in sarcasm right?
And I never said I didn't watch it. See, I'm helping you to examine language better.
aw you're sweet. yeh my sense of humour is sarcastic, sadistic and generally quite annoying. but hey, without me life would be much jollier, and who wants that?
don't answer that question.
yeh my sense of humour isn't clear in words.
Ooh look at you using all those symbols to express your rage! You're very impressive.
[QUOTE=drsmeeth]without me life would be much jollier, and who wants that?
You stole my bit!
Go back to your misery, Paul. there is no lack of joy for you here.
Ignorant d*ckheads? My my my, you are angry.