One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career.
The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.
Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.
Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
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Overall, I have to say that this was a wonderful book, and I can completely understand both why people claim it's their favorite book and that it's Márquez's best work. I can't say that I share that sentiment, but I also feel that I'll have to go back and read it again so that I may fully enjoy it.Read Full Review of One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude astonished me with its beauty, its depth, its variety, its humanity, its tone capable of rendering the true fantastic and the fantastic true, and its exuberance in the pleasures of storytelling.Read Full Review of One Hundred Years of Solitude
Go. Stop wasting time here with me. No collection of words or thoughts that I ever string together in this life or the next could possibly be better for you than those in One Hundred Years of Solitude.Read Full Review of One Hundred Years of Solitude
Márquez's "magical realism" embraces the reality of Latin American experience - the military dictatorships, the parody of modernisation that takes the form of McDonald's and baseball, the brutal repression of protest.Read Full Review of One Hundred Years of Solitude
As a reader, I most identified with the Buendia matriarch, Ursula Iguarin, the family’s binding agent. She personifies the lesson that one can be surrounded by people but still feel utterly alone.Read Full Review of One Hundred Years of Solitude
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