One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Large Print - 2003
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One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women--brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul--this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060750763
Branch Call Number: LP GARC
Characteristics: 541 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Rabassa, Gregory
Alternative Title: 100 years of solitude


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Intergenerational, magical realism, classic, Latin American.

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Jun 27, 2019

Yes, I can understand why this is so critically acclaimed. yes, indeed. This book is beautifully written and it certainly stretches your imagination.

That being said, this was a bit of a slog and I felt a strong need to "power through" until the end. Of the classics I've read (thus far), this has been one of the biggest challenges. Such is the nature of classics from time to time.

Jun 20, 2019

I tried to like it, even invested the time to read 300 of its 400 pages. Despite liking its prose, I opted not to finish the last 100 pages. My frustrations included its HUGE cast of characters, endlessly repeating names held by multiple characters, minimal description of some important situations (yet many unimportant situations were described), and ultimately not connecting with any character enough to see their journey to the end of the story. While I would read a different Marquez book, I cannot recommend this one.

AnaGM May 22, 2019

Awesome, a wonderful masterpiece. Marquez is a master storyteller.

Apr 18, 2019

i read this book to fulfil the goal read a book that was written by an author from aisa, africa or south america. (it is also on the 300 books everyone should read at least once challenge on listopia) at first i wasn't sure i liked it. it reads like someone's geneology with the same names used over multiple generations. i'm still not sure when one of the characters actually died. they were there and then they weren't like i skipped a page but couldn't be bothered to go back an reread. the ending was good though. it finally made sence sort of. i'm glad i read it once. will be happy to never read it again.

Feb 17, 2019

I prefer Love in the Time of Cholera and Strange Pilgrims. An interesting read, but a little to ADD for me.

Oct 07, 2018

Recently banned in Kuwait...

JCLSamS Jul 12, 2018

I'm not sure how even to begin to describe this book. Vibrant, disturbing, memorable, confusing, thought-provoking. Unlike anything else. As with some previous reviewers, I'm not even sure enjoyment comes into it. This book is an experience, and it's a worthwhile one.

shan180 Jun 27, 2018

Columbia, SA is one of the most fascinating places I have ever been to. What I liked most about this book was how Marquez wove historical events into the tropical magic that happens at 100 degrees F, and 100% humidity. Having lived in the area where this book originates allowed me to appreciate the possibilities and metaphors. Living in the tropics of South America somehow changes or opens a view to another realm. GG Marquez is a master of storytelling, and I only wish I could read Spanish well enough to read this classic in it's mother tongue.

Apr 09, 2018

This book forced me to question my rating philosophy. Do I award stars based off enjoyment, the overall quality of the book, or a mixture of both? I'm forced to go with the second of these three choices. Thus, One Hundred Years of Solitude gets five stars despite the fact that certain elements felt gimmicky and lazy on Marquez' part. The novel is a rich aesthetic experience without a doubt.

My main issue with the novel is the elements which one would classify as "magical realism". Girls ascending to heaven, ghosts conversing with the dead, alchemy, human beings with tails, etc. I acknowledge that it's these parts which make the novel remarkable. At the same time though, its these elements which instigate the novel's turning points rather than say, characters undergoing change. This is understandable though since Marquez covers a great expanse of time which features a batshit crazy number of charactters in little over four hundred pages. If it weren't for the novel's beauty, it would suffer from an excess of ambition.

What's good about the novel is its meditations on the fluidity of time. I am quite the sucker for modernism.

Overall, the book is breathtaking although I have certain reservations about it.

Jan 09, 2018

Perhaps should be titled One Hundred Years of Boredom. Add in a few "ghosts" and other such impossibles, and different characters with the same names over the "100 years" and it gets pretty tiresome.

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Jul 07, 2017

Sexual Content: A whole bunch of incest and prostitution, mostly with very young people

Jul 07, 2017

Violence: More than three thousand people are shot and their bodies are dumped into the sea

Jan 09, 2016

Sexual Content: Incest

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Jul 07, 2017

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Jul 07, 2017

The history of a fictional town spanning one hundred years and following six generations through life


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Oct 21, 2014

He went among the houses for several days repeating the demonstration of levitation by means of chocolate while the acolyte collected so much money in a bag that in less than a month he began the construction of the church.

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