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! Also good for the person who likes to be absorbed by their reading, eager to discover what's on the next page. It is difficult to put down and easy to pick back up when you have another ten minutes or more.
Consider themes and motifs.
This book has a romantic theme in the sense that it details a unique setting, and even more unique characters with some kinda crazy love stories woven in. It also touches on the political situation that was present to some of the South American countries.
I think that some of the purpose of this book was to shed light on culture, love, family dynamics, hatred, violence, forgiveness (or lack of it) and how all of that is incredibly part of the human experience. It depicts how the changes of time, adaptation and political oppression affect a people and family throughout generations.
If you like classic all time literature, this is an absolutely must read. It is long, but a little more happening than his other books.
What did you think of this review?
It is typical of Gabriel García Márquez that it will be many pages before his narrative circles back to the ice, and many chapters before the hero of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Buendía, stands before the firing squad. In between, he recounts such wonders as an entire town struck with insomnia, a woman who ascends to heaven while hanging laundry, and a suicide that defies the laws of physics:
A trickle of blood came out under the door, crossed the living room, went out into the street, continued on in a straight line across the uneven terraces, went down steps and climbed over curbs, passed along the Street of the Turks, turned a corner to the right and another to the left, made a right angle at the Buendía house, went in under the closed door, crossed through the parlor, hugging the walls so as not to stain the rugs, went on to the other living room, made a wide curve to avoid the dining-room table, went along the porch with the begonias, and passed without being seen under Amaranta's chair as she gave an arithmetic lesson to Aureliano José, and went through the pantry and came out in the kitchen, where Úrsula was getting ready to crack thirty-six eggs to make bread.
"Holy Mother of God!" Úrsula shouted.
The story follows 100 years in the life of Macondo, a ...