One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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A celebration of the endless variety of life in the mythical village of Macondo chronicles the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of the small South American town. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.


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. 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.

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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 : Alfred A. Knopf, 1995
ISBN: 9781417735983
Branch Call Number: GAR
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Fuentes, Carlos
Alternative Title: 100 years of solitude


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Nov 21, 2019

Here we have on one hand the fatalism that Latin America inherited from Catholic Spain and on the other hand sheer whimsy — magical realism taken to extremes. But in the end it becomes a great tragedy: an almost enchanted society, happy and benign in its isolation and its never-ending civil wars, but then destroyed by the arrival of 20th century technology and the brutal impact of the corporate world.
Many readers will share my frustration with Marquez’ bizarre conceit of assigning every succeeding male member of this strange household through four generations with one of two names. It’s as if Marquez was determined to ensure that no one would attempt to actually make sense of this tale — applying a subterfuge that was likely to sow confusion. Indeed, it seems that the personalities of the males also tend to follow a repeating pattern, being variations on either adventurers or seekers of solitude. It’s actually the women who each display unique personalities and each in her way is a disruptive force. Each one of them deserves a chapter of her own: the matriarch Ursula, the mysterious Rebecca who eats dirt and whitewash, the austere, implacable Amaranta, Remedios the Beauty, the lusty and resourceful Pilar Ternera.
But in the end, fate takes charge and after a hundred years, with the arrival of the fruit merchants the precious solitude of the Buendia clan is banished forever. I found myself recalling "Lost Horizon" or perhaps more aptly Lampedusa's "The Leopard" for parallels. This was certainly no paradise but on the other hand, everything that made it special and worth preserving was lost.
The problems with this book are obvious but to a great extent it is saved by the sheer exuberance of its prose, the author’s delight in the magical kingdom he has created; and the outrageously romantic personalities of his many protagonists and their mad exploits. Even death cannot entirely extinguish them and they remain with us to the end.
Truly a unique reading experience.

Aug 27, 2019

I read this for the "Set In South America" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I didn't like it, it was a 100 year summary of a family that kept using the same names every generation. I couldn't keep any of the characters straight and it felt like the whole thing was written in one breath.

ArapahoeKate Aug 06, 2019

While this is a challenging read, I believe Gabriel Garcia Marquez pushes us as readers to accept the impossible, think outside our own opinions and perspectives, and better understand the human condition. It took several running starts for me to finish the book, but overall was swept away by the authors writing and the overarching story of the magical and mythical Macondo.

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.

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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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