One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Book - 2006
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Tells the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 9780060883287
Characteristics: 417, 16 pages : genealogical table ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rabassa, Gregory


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Classic magical realism-Buendia family!

"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."

"Everyone says it's a classic. EVERYONE. So many people whose taste I respect love this book. But . . . but . . . Have you seen how thick it is? And look, there's another YA book about the occult! One can only read so many classics." -- Seana

(1967) Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the main novels forming the magic realism style in Latin American writing. It tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, in the metaphoric Colombia.

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masaoliver Nov 14, 2017

One of most unforgettable reads. For sure.

Aug 01, 2017

Inspired saga includes those born with a tail.

Jul 07, 2017

One of the greatest books I have ever read. It took me a while to get used to the magical realism and sexual content, but afterwards I really enjoyed the story. I was emotionally moved thousands of times and laughed out loud nearly every chapter. A book written like no other.

Apr 25, 2017

It took me 15 years to read this wonderful piece of literature!
When I was in high school, here in Portland Oregon, I tried to read it and of course I did not get it. After some reflection, it made perfect sense, I was not prepare for such a heavy reading.
After many years, I finally see that getting through this reading was a failed attempt for many reasons. Too young, too narrow minded, too rigid. Luckily, life and its circumstances gave me the opportunity to turn my sight to this masterpiece.

I have some points that I would like to touch:
1. The story is very rich in details, this is good very good.
2. The characters are many and all are given the same or similar names, way too confusing.
3. Need for an additional materials, felt the need to have to look for an illustration that would assist me in identifying the characters

The beauty of the book:
1. An Outstanding Narrative
2. The story is controversial
3. The book is rich in content

Mar 26, 2017

Fascinating history of a fictional family in a fictional place; full of pathos, existential horror, comedy, and a large dose of "magical realism". Yes, there are a lot of sordid and shocking details; but if something is to be a "true" chronicle then the bad must be included with the good. The prose style is a little heavy-handed and awkward at times, though this may be simply the result of translation; the full flavor of something written in one language can seldom (if ever) be carried over into another.

Feb 23, 2017

Yet again a book that I can not understand it's popularity. It has pedophilia, incest, occult and a family of ignorant/arrogant (extremely hard-headed) characters. I'm just about at the half way and I quit. How can people call this good?

Dec 06, 2016

A delirious tangle of destiny and time (and Arcadios and Aurelianos), that is extraordinary when one first reads it, and becomes more so whenever one rereads it.

Oct 19, 2016

This book deserves to be on the reading lists of all the folks who draw satisfaction from being exposed to excellent literature disguised as great entertainment.

PMPL_AnaC Aug 26, 2016

Can I give it 100 stars? Best book EVER. Period.

Jun 01, 2016

If I were banished to a remote island and I could only bring one book with me, this would be it. Just the most beautiful storytelling there is. Amazing, fascinating characters. Haunting memories, dreams, and threads of nostalgia. Astonishing imagery. If you read the first sentence of this book and aren't immediately wowed and hooked, I have some questions for you. Though I accept that some people have issues/problems with it, this will forever and always be my favorite book in the world. (RIP Gabo)

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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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