One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – 20 Jan 2004
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The book that sort of saved my life (Emma Thompson)
The greatest novel in any language of the last 50 years (Salman Rushdie)
Should be required reading for the entire human race (New York Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In 1967, One Hundred Years of Solitude launched Gabriel Garcia Marquez to international fame and cemented his reputation as a literary legend. A central figure in the Latin Boom, Garcia Marquez was the most celebrated practitioner of the literary style that has become known as magic realism, and in 1982, he received the most prestigious literary award, the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda called One Hundred Years of Solitude "the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since Don Quixote of Cervantes." In the New York Times, legendary critic John Leonard proclaimed, "With a single bound, Gabriel Garcia Marquez leaps onto the stage with Gunter Grass and Vladimir Nabokov." And writer William Kennedy has hailed One Hundred Years of Solitude as "the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. Mr. Garcia Marquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life."
Over four decades after its publication, One Hundred Years of Solitude remains one of the most beloved and venerated books in world literature. A rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, it tells the story of the mythical town of Macondo through the lives of seven generations of the doomed Buendia family. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendias, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo one sees all of Latin America.
Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude interweaves the political, personal, and spiritual, bringing a new consciousness to storytelling; this radiant work is a masterpiece of the art of fiction." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The story involves six generations of one family, established by Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula Iguaran, who also helped found the town of Macondo, in the lowlands of Columbia, though the country is never specifically identified. The in-breeding (and also out-breeding) in this one family is simply astonishing. I can't remember if the original edition had a genealogical chart at the beginning, but this one does, and it provides an invaluable reference in keeping the philanderings, and the subsequent progeny, straight, particularly since numerous individuals over the generations have the same name. What is the "Scarlet Letter" that is prophesized for a family with such a high degree of consanguinity? That a child will be born with a pig's tail.
Marquez dazzles the reader with the intensity of his writing; it's as though he had a 1600 page book in him, but is given a 400 page limit. It is the furious sketching of a street artist, making every line count in a portrait. The strengths, follies, and interactions of the men and women are depicted in memorable events. And there seems to be a realistic balance and development of his characters.Read more ›
OHYOS is the kind of story that has to be read more than once to get the full amount of understanding from it- details from the beginning are important at the end. This may be especially be true if, like me, find the dense, rich language difficult to get into for a few chapters. The writing is so rich, in fact, that a huge amount of action can take place in the space of a few pages. This can be a hindrance at first but when you start to enjoy Marquez's words then you realise how beautiful a novel can be.
There is also much meaning behind the story line. The evolvement of the family shows a move from traditional to modern in the wider world although the time the novel is set is never shown (or needed to be).
There is much sadness in OHYOS to match the magic and dreaminess. If you like happy endings and glosses over deaths than this might not be suitable reading for you. For everyone else though I would highly recommend OHYOS- it is well worth the effort needed to place yourself in Marquez's world.
It's the story of the town of Macondo and the family that help found the town, stretched over the hundred years of the title. It's clear, when you step back from the details of this work, that the entire work is a metaphor for what happened to Columbia, from its early run-in with the Spanish invaders through the exploitive actions of companies out to rip the riches from the country with no regard for the human cost of their endeavors, and on into to the modern day world of political corruption backed by barely sheathed threats of force.
The family that the book follows is unique in many ways, peopled by characters both incredibly strong and driven by obsessions, and yet insular, separated from the real world by their own internal fantasies. Here we find the rebel hero and the dominating matron side by side with ghosts, the Wandering Jew, and highly mysterious gypsies. However, all of these characters are seen from a distance, even though we are privy to their internal thoughts and ideas, and it is difficult to get emotionally involved with any of them. Not helping in this regard is the extreme similarity of names through various generations of the family, and frequent references to the genealogical chart at the beginning of the book are necessary to try and keep everything straight.
Stylistically, be prepared for page long sentences and sudden multi-page discourses not immediately connected to current happenings.Read more ›
Macondo is a mythical South American town, founded, almost by accident, by Jose Arcadio Buendia, and populated primarily by his descendants. This is the story of one hundred years in the life of Macondo and its inhabitants - the story of the town's birth, development and death. Civil war and natural calamities plague this vital place whose populace fights to renew itself and survive. This is a huge narrative fiction that explores the history of a people caught up in the history of a place. And Marquez captures the range of human emotions and the reasons for experiencing them in this generational tale.
There is much that is delightful and comical here. Surprises never cease, whether it be Remedios ascending, or a man whose presence is announced by clouds of butterflies. There is satire, sexuality and bawdiness galore.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had never read GGM before reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, and I shall probably never read him again! This book is an exercise in tedium itself. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Excalibur
Great book, hard to start in to, but a pleasure to have read..
Also great condition! A++
I've struggled to get into this book. It came highly recommended but maybe just not for me. Found it quite boring if I'm honest, but then I didn't get very far with it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by RKJH
There is no doubt that this is a very well written piece of literature. However my enjoyment was spoiled by two frustrating themes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Sanders
I found this book hard to read at first, but i think a lot of people do. It was strange but i read it becuase it is a classic and thought i should educate myself more.Published 1 month ago by kitkat