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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cliffs Notes)

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This history of a family is an amalgamation of Garcia Marquez's shorter fiction, American fiction, biblical parables, and quixotic experiences of his own unique life story. His is a community crowded with people and personal narratives, confusion, and progressive decline. The novel is a journey through life, caught on paper, so real that you'll swear you can smell it.
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Overview

This history of a family is an amalgamation of Garcia Marquez's shorter fiction, American fiction, biblical parables, and quixotic experiences of his own unique life story. His is a community crowded with people and personal narratives, confusion, and progressive decline. The novel is a journey through life, caught on paper, so real that you'll swear you can smell it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822009641
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1984
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel García Márquez
A chief practitioner of the "magic-realist" style, Gabriel García Márquez's influence and importance lie in his crucial role of bringing Latin-American fiction to wider audiences while pioneering it at the same time. The Colombian-born Nobel winner tells fantastical tales of romance and heroism against an historic Latin American backdrop, always infusing believability by giving his writing a journalistic cast.

Biography

Gabriel García Márquez is the product of his family and his nation. Born in the small coastal town of Aracataca in northern Colombia, he was raised by his maternal grandparents. As a child, he was mesmerized by stories spun by his grandmother and her sisters -- a rich gumbo of superstitions, folk tales, and ghost stories that fired his youthful imagination. And from his grandfather, a colonel in Colombia's devastating Civil War, he learned about his country's political struggles. This potent mix of Liberal politics, family lore, and regional mythology formed the framework for his magical realist novels.

When his grandfather died, García Márquez was sent to Sucre to live (for the first time) with his parents. He attended university in Bogotá, where he studied law in accordance with his parents' wishes. It was here that he first read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and discovered a literature he understood intuitively -- one with nontraditional plots and structures, just like the stories he had known all his life. His studies were interrupted when the university was closed, and he moved back north, intending to pursue both writing and law; but before long, he quit school to pursue a career in journalism.

In 1954 his newspaper sent García Márquez on assignment to Italy, marking the start of a lifelong self-imposed exile from the horrors of Colombian politics that took him to Barcelona, Paris, New York, and Mexico. Influenced by American novelist William Faulkner, creator of the fictionalized Yoknapatawpha County, and by the powerful intergenerational tragedies of the Greek dramatist Sophocles, García Márquez began writing fiction, honing a signature blend of fantasy and reality that culminated in the 1967 masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. This sweeping epic became an instant classic and set the stage for more bestselling novels, including Love in the Time of Cholera, Love and Other Demons, and Memories of My Melancholy Whores. In addition, he has completed the first volume of a shelf-bending memoir, and his journalism and nonfiction essays have been collected into several anthologies.

In 1982, García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his acceptance speech, he called for a "sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth." Few writers have pursued that utopia with more passion and vigor than this towering 20th-century novelist.

Good To Know

Gabriel José García Márquez' affectionate nickname is Gabo.

García Márquez' first two novellas were completed long before their actual release dates, but might not have been published if it weren't for his friends, who found the manuscripts in a desk drawer and a suitcase, and sent them in for publication.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Gabriel José García Márquez
    2. Hometown:
      Mexico City, Mexico
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 6, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aracataca, Colombia
    1. Education:
      Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1947-48, and Universidad de Cartagena, 1948-49

Table of Contents

Life of the Author 5
Introduction to the Novel 11
The Buendia Genealogy 15
List of Characters 15
Critical Commentaries
Sections 1-426
Sections 5-933
Sections 10-1237
Sections 13-1439
Section 1541
Sections 16-2043
Character Analyses 45
Themes and Motifs 60
Essay Topics 67
Selected Bibliography 68
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    Phenomenal!!!

    I discovered One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Garcia Marquez, when I selected to read it for one of my second year political science courses at the University of Toronto. At first, I was attracted by the title of the novel which seemed very interesting. As I got further into the novel, I realised that it was very much different from any other novel. It was not only mysterious and captivating, but as a reader, I felt captivated emotionally, and mentally influenced by the many themes that Marquez presented. Personally, I believe that as you read deeper into the novel, you seem to feel, think, live, laugh, and cry as you slowly become apart of the Buedia's. It is a mangificant novel which leaves the reader satisfied and yet yearning for more. If you have not read 100 hundred years of solitude, then consider it a must.

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