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One Hundred Years Of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez started his writing career as a journalist and has since written numerous short stories, non-fiction works and novels.

In 1982 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and has gained wide acclaim for his novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.

Other works that he’s recognized for are: “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Love and Other Demons”.

 

 

 

 

Many think that “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is Márquez’s best work which tells a tale of seven generations of the Buendía family.

Using “magic realism”, where fantasy and reality mingle, Márquez sets the novel in Macondo, a town established by José Arcadio Buendía, and surprises us with a variety of happenings which stretch our imagination.

The story uses solitude, love and politics among its many themes.  What purpose do you think these all serve? 

Is this book among your favourites?

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  • David April 30, 2014, 9:19 pm

    I put this in the same category as Midnight’s Children, over-rated and one for the Charity Shop.

  • Marly April 30, 2014, 8:27 pm

    I think this is a book to study, not just to casually read. I know it sounds a little anal, but I kept notes as I read it so I could have a firm grip on the character names and their relationships to each other as there are lots of people with similar sounding names and it is easy to become confused. This worked for me and, having taken copious notes, I enjoyed one of the best books I’ve ever read.

  • Allison April 30, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Whilst I agree with a lot of the comments on this book, basically that it’s not an easy read, I think the sheer magic of the prose is well worth the effort. Marquez has managed to build a world in a small Columbian town and uses this setting to recount the experiences of life.It’s full of life, love, death and all the emotions you can imagine.

  • Chrissy April 29, 2014, 10:29 pm

    I have picked up the book and restarted it many times. My problem is that I don’t find lots of time to read and this is not a book that you can easily pick up and put down. I keep coming back to it, so I’m going to recommend to myself that I find a period of time, perhaps a holiday, when I can concentrate solely on the novel.

  • Jon April 29, 2014, 9:51 pm

    Whilst widely acclaimed, I think this is a “Marmite” book – some people love it, others hate it! I also feel it’s like “Marmite” within me. There are lots of lovely passages that enchant and yet it is a complex book and it takes all your time to keep track of the different characters. A must read, but be warned.