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One Hundred Years of Solitude

90 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice." It is typical of Gabriel García Márquez that it will be many pages before … see full wiki

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15 reviews about One Hundred Years of Solitude
review by . June 28, 2010
This book is full of classic English metaphors. While a rich source of allusions, mystical language, spiritual connections, and, of course, the English professor’s heyday of metaphors, this book proves confusing and a not-enjoyable-at-all-read.   While One Hundred Years of Solitude is destined for a spot in the Canon, readers beware the nature of this novel. Spanning one family’s generations over 100 years, this book begins to break down when you realize that most of the …
review by . July 09, 2010
A dreamy experience of strange love and a families tail.  Captivating from the beginning, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of those writers who penetrates a persons sensuality and makes one question logical love.  If you look into your own family history, you just might find the desperate, the insane, the genius, the beautiful and intriguing.  The family in this tail has it all.      I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Gabriel Garcia Marquez- this is his best!  …
review by . July 02, 2010
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of six generations of the Buendía family and the fictional town of Macondo. Jose Arcadio Buendía founds the town with his wife Ursula after crossing the Andes Mountains running from the law. He settles with about twenty other families and starts up a new life. The town is cut off from society and clings to old customs in the face of new technology brought by a troop of gypsies, led by Melquíades. As the years progress, new technologies …
review by . June 17, 2010
Marquez is a master in weaving this complex, at times disorienting, timeline of a century of family history. I discovered this novel by chance at a used book store. I didn’t know Marquez’s writing, and had no idea what I had stumbled upon. Even in translation (to English) his use of language is mesmerizing.  It is not such an easy read to start, and it does take time to settle into the style of writing. At first confusing, some persistence pays off. Letting go and giving into the …
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
Definitely pick this book up if you get the chance. Marquez has a great, unique writing style.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
My #1 favorite book of all time. Read it in the summer when weather is hot and sweaty.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. Maquez has basically created a whole new genre, where magic is an unquestioned part of life. I recommend.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Love Garcia Marquez!! Such a magical tale!
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Excellent read!
review by . June 28, 2010
This work can only be the product of a mind in an extremely imaginative state. Gabriel Marquez blends the real and the surreal to weave a fantastic tale around the town of Macondo and the Buendia family starting with Jose Arcadio Buendia, the patriarch characterized by his entrepreneurial zeal and scientific spirit who, among other explorations, attempts to use a daguerreotype to disprove the existence of God and all the way to Aureliano who is finally seen deciphering parchments. In between you …
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Brilliant epic story spanning several generations.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
I've found that while reading Marquez's works I often feel like they're dragging, as though I'm trying to climb a mountain and getting nowhere. Then suddenly the experience is over, and I find it was worth the monotonous plodding for the end result.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
I read this sucker in Spanish so a bit was lost to translation, but never have I had a book hit me so hard emotionally. It can drag, but then out of the blue it's like someone would punch me in the heart or slap me upside the head. Far from a quick and easy read, but worth the work for sure!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Beautiful story, as are most of Marquez's books.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Best book of all time. I could reread this over and over. I'm contemplating learning Spanish just to read this in its original language. Marquez is a genius.
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