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One Hundred Years of Solitude

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One Hundred Years of Solitude
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The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias.
Authors: García Márquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014
Title: One hundred years of solitude
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2003
Edition: 1st HarperCollins ed
Characteristics: 417 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa
Notes: "First published in hardcover in the United States in 1970 by Harper and Row"--T.p. verso
Summary: The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias.
Additional Contributors: Rabassa, Gregory
ISBN: 0060531045
9780060531041
Branch Call Number: FICTION GARCIA
Subject Headings: Macondo (Imaginary place) Fiction Latin America Social conditions Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Epic fiction
Topical Term: Macondo (Imaginary place)
LCCN: 74083632
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The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias. If Sometimes A Great Notion is essential reading for all Oregon residents, this book is essential reading for all residents of planet Earth.

The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias.

The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias.

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 Buendía family.


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May 29, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"It's obvious that no one has been in that room for at least a hundred years," the officer said to the soldiers. "There must even be snakes in there."
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who recently passed away at the age of 87, was a giant of 20th century literature and "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is his indisputable masterpiece, although I'm also very fond of "Love in the Time of Cholera." As Salman Rushdie pointed out in a recent tribute to Marquez in the NYT Book Review, "magical realism," of which this an exemplary example, is oft misunderstood, with many people just focusing on the magical aspects. But re-reading this again, I was struck by how grounded the fantastic elements were in the lives of the characters, something many of his imitators miss. An essential novel from an essential writer. "The first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race."-William Kennedy

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