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a peculiar but enchanting read,
This review is from: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Essential Penguin) (Paperback)
This novel is an unusual read. The style of Marquez is different to any other author I've read. He is an gifted writer whose expertise seems to lie in descriptive narrative and his observations of people. You can almost smell Macondo, the village in which the book details 100 years in the life of, and you can feel the muggy heat on your back and the dust in your eyes.
He is such a good writer one's belief is not suspended when he talks of flying carpets and weeks-long insomnia epidemics. You just accept these phenomena as part of his world, you don't suddenly think it's a fantasy novel or comedy and it cetainly doesn't come across as corny.
The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that is it a heavy read, the literary equivalent of christmas cake. But don't put it down for long as I did or you'll lose the thread and have to start again. Without meaning to sound stupid some of the characters' names are very similar, especially in the Buendia family forcing you to keep re-checking the family tree at the front to check who's who.
It is one of those books that you'll feel uplifted about having read it and will rave about it but whilst reading it oft-times feels like trawling through a Macondo bog.