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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Paul West
The fecund, savage, irresistable...you have the sense of living, along with the Buendias (and the rest), in them, through them and in spite of them, and all their loves, madnesses and wars, their alliances, compromises, dreams and deaths...the characters rear up large and rippling with life against the green texture of nature itself.
Bookworld
Robert Kiely
It is not easy to describe the techniques and themes of the book without making it sound absurdly complicated, labored and almost impossible to read. In fact, it is none of these things. Though concocted of quirks, ancient mysteries, family secrets and peculiar contradictions, it makes sense and gives pleasure in dozens of immediate ways.
Books of the Century, The New York Times review March, 1970
William Kennedy
“The first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.”
Washington Post Book World
“More lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry than is expected from 100 years of novelists, let alone one man.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060883287
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Series: Oprah's Book Club Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,370
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927. His many books include The Autumn of the Patriarch; No One Writes to the Colonel; Love in the Time of Cholera; a memoir, Living to Tell the Tale; and, most recently, a novel, Memories of My Melancholy Whores. Gabriel García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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

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One Hundred Years of Solitude


By Garcia Marquez, Gabriel

HarperLargePrint

ISBN: 0060750766

Chapter One

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point. Every year during the month of March a family of ragged gypsies would set up their tents near the village, and with a great uproar of pipes and kettledrums they would display new inventions. First they brought the magnet. A heavy gypsy with an untamed beard and sparrow hands, who introduced himself as Melquíades, put on a bold public demonstration of what he himself called the eighth wonder of the learned alchemists of Macedonia. He went from house to house dragging two metal ingots and everybody was amazed to see pots, pans, tongs, and braziers tumble down from their places and beams creak from the desperation of nails and screws trying to emerge, and even objects that had been lost for a long time appeared from where they had been searched for most and went dragging along in turbulent confusion behind Melquíades' magical irons. "Things have a life of their own," the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. "It's simply a matter of waking up their souls." José Arcadio Buendía, whose unbridled imagination always went beyond the genius of nature and even beyond miracles and magic, thought that it would be possible to make use of that useless invention to extract gold from the bowels of the earth. Melquíades, who was an honest man, warned him: "It won't work for that." But José Arcadio Buendía at that time did not believe in the honesty of gypsies, so he traded his mule and a pair of goats for the two magnetized ingots. Úrsula Iguarán, his wife, who relied on those animals to increase their poor domestic holdings, was unable to dissuade him. "Very soon we'll have gold enough and more to pave the floors of the house," her husband replied. For several months he worked hard to demonstrate the truth of his idea. He explored every inch of the region, even the riverbed, dragging the two iron ingots along and reciting Melquíades' incantation aloud. The only thing he succeeded in doing was to unearth a suit of fifteenth-century armor which had all of its pieces soldered together with rust and inside of which there was the hollow resonance of an enormous stone-filled gourd. When José Arcadio Buendía and the four men of his expedition managed to take the armor apart, they found inside a calcified skeleton with a copper locket containing a woman's hair around its neck.

In March the gypsies returned. This time they brought a telescope and a magnifying glass the size of a drum, which they exhibited as the latest discovery of the Jews of Amsterdam. They placed a gypsy woman at one end of the village and set up the telescope at the entrance to the tent. For the price of five reales, people could look into the telescope and see the gypsy woman an arm's length away. "Science has eliminated distance," Melquíades proclaimed. "In a short time, man will be able to see what is happening in any place in the world without leaving his own house." A burning noonday sun brought out a startling demonstration with the gigantic magnifying glass: they put a pile of dry hay in the middle of the street and set it on fire by concentrating the sun's rays. José Arcadio Buendía, who had still not been consoled for the failure of his magnets, conceived the idea of using that invention as a weapon of war. Again Melquíades tried to dissuade him, but he finally accepted the two magnetized ingots and three colonial coins in exchange for the magnifying glass. Úrsula wept in consternation. That money was from a chest of gold coins that her father had put together over an entire life of privation and that she had buried underneath her bed in hopes of a proper occasion to make use of it. José Arcadio Buendía made no attempt to console her, completely absorbed in his tactical experiments with the abnegation of a scientist and even at the risk of his own life. In an attempt to show the effects of the glass on enemy troops, he exposed himself to the concentration of the sun's rays and suffered burns which turned into sores that took a long time to heal. Over the protests of his wife, who was alarmed at such a dangerous invention, at one point he was ready to set the house on fire. He would spend hours on end in his room, calculating the strategic possibilities of his novel weapon until he succeeded in putting together a manual of startling instructional clarity and an irresistible power of conviction. He sent it to the government, accompanied by numerous descriptions of his experiments and several pages of explanatory sketches, by a messenger who crossed the mountains, got lost in measureless swamps, forded stormy rivers, and was on the point of perishing under the lash of despair, plague, and wild beasts until he found a route that joined the one used by the mules that carried the mail. In spite of the fact that a trip to the capital was little less than impossible at that time, José Arcadio Buendía promised to undertake it as soon as the government ordered him to so that he could put on some practical demonstrations of his invention for the military authorities and could train them himself in the complicated art of solar war. For several years he waited for an answer. Finally, tired of waiting, he bemoaned to Melquíades the failure of his project ...

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Reading Group Guide

Introduction

The mythic village of Macondo lies in northern Colombia, somewhere in the great swamps between the mountains and the coast. Founded by Jose Arcadio Buendia, his wife Ursula, and nineteen other families, "It was a truly happy village where no one was over thirty years of age and where no one had died." At least initially. One Hundred Years of Solitude chronicles, through the course of a century, life in Macondo and the lives of six Buendia generations -- from Jose Arcadio and Ursula, through their son, Colonel Aureliano Buendia (who commands numerous revolutions and fathers eighteen additional Aurelianos), through three additional Jose Arcadios, through Remedios the Beauty and Renata Remedios, to the final Aureliano, child of an incestuous union. As babies are born and the world's "great inventions" are introduced into Macondo, the village grows and becomes more and more subject to the workings of the outside world, to its politics and progress, and to history itself. And the Buendias and their fellow Macondons advance in years, experience, and wealth ... until madness, corruption, and death enter their homes. From the gypsies who visit Macondo during its earliest years to the gringos who build the banana plantation, from the "enormous Spanish galleon" discovered far from the sea to the arrival of the railroad, electricity, and the telephone, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic novel weaves a magical tapestry of the everyday and the fantastic, the humdrum and the miraculous, life and death, tragedy and comedy -- a tapestry in which the noble, the ridiculous, the beautiful, and the tawdry all contribute to an astounding vision of human life and death, afull measure of humankind's inescapable potential and reality.

Discussion Topics

  1. What kinds of solitude occur in the novel (for example, solitude of pride, grief, power, love, or death), and with whom are they associated? What circumstances produce them? What similarities and differences are there among the various kinds of solitude?

  2. What are the purposes and effects of the story's fantastic and magical elements? How does the fantastic operate in the characters' everyday lives and personalities? How is the magical interwoven with elements drawn from history, myth, and politics?

  3. Why does Garcia Marquez make repeated use of the "Many years later" formula? In what ways does this establish a continuity among past, present, and future? What expectations does it provoke? How do linear time and cyclical time function in the novel?

  4. To what extent is Macondo's founding, long isolation, and increasing links with the outside world an exodus from guilt and corruption to new life and innocence and, then, a reverse journey from innocence to decadence?

  5. What varieties of love occur in the novel? Does any kind of love transcend or transform the ravages of everyday life, politics and warfare, history, and time itself?

  6. What is the progression of visitors and newcomers to Macondo, beginning with the gypsies? How does each new individual and group affect the Buendias, the town, and the story?

  7. What is the importance of the various inventions, gadgets, and technological wonders introduced into Macondo over the years? Is the sequence in which they are introduced significant?

  8. What is Melquiades's role and that of his innovations, explorations, and parchments? What is the significance of the "fact" that Melquiades "really had been through death, but he had returned because he could not bear the solitude"? Who else returns, and why?

  9. When and how do politics enter the life of Macondo? With what short-term and long-term consequences? Do the social-political aspects of life in Macondo over the years parallel actual events and trends?

  10. What types of women (from Ursula and Pilar to Meme and Amaranta Ursula) and what types of men (from Jose Arcadio to Aureliano Babilonia) are distinguishable? What characteristics do the men share? What characteristics do the women share?

  11. What dreams, prophecies, and premonitions occur in the novel? With which specific characters and events are they associated, and what is their purpose?

  12. When, how, and in what guises does death enter Macondo? With what consequences?

  13. On the first page we are told that "The world was so recent that many things lacked names." What is the importance of names and of naming (of people, things, and events) in the novel?

  14. How do geography and topography -- mountains, swamps, river, sea, etc. -- affect Macondo's history, its citizens' lives, and the novel's progression?

  15. What aspects of the Buendia family dynamics are specific to Macondo? Which are reflective of family life everywhere and at any time? How do they relate to your experience and understanding of family life?

  16. How does Garcia Marquez handle the issue and incidence of incest and its association with violence beginning with Jose Arcadio and Ursula's marriage and the shooting of Prudencio Aguilar? Is the sixth-generation incest of Aureliano Babilonia and Amaranta Ursula inevitable?

About the Author

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Columbia, in 1928; he has lived mostly in Mexico and Europe. He attended the University of Bogota and later worked as a reporter and film critic for the Columbian newspaper El Espectador. His many books include The Autumn of the Patriarch, In Evil Hour, Collected Stories, Love in the Time of Cholera, and The General in His Labyrinth. Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

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    One Hundred Years of Solitude is the most interesting novel I have read in a long time. I was immediately drawn into the character development in the novel. Marquez tells the story in a way that makes the reader relate to characters that are strongly flawed. The family depicted is surprisingly realistic although their lives are at times abnormally crazed. The magical, and at times tragic, events that occur through the story do not hinder the heart of the characters. The refreshing use of mystical realism is appropriately placed throughout the sometimes dark writing. While I was reading the novel, I couldn¿t help but smile at the witty details that were strategically used throughout. Although this book may be seen as dense and even random at times, the pure heart of the story shines through. When I first found the book, I was not sure if I would enjoy it, because it is a change from the usual novels I read. Once I completed the story, I was pleased that I chose to read this important piece of literature. After reading this novel, I feel that my views on society have changed. I would definitely recommend this book, because it is a worthy read.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2009

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    Beautiful tale of epic proportion

    First and foremost, the prose in which this book is written is some of the most beautiful phrasing I have ever read. It reads extremely fast, but you have to be careful not to miss something. One paragraph can be three pages long, but one line in that paragraph can be something so powerful that it just tugs at your heart, so while it reads fast, also give it time to sink in. <BR/><BR/>I've read reviews on here about how others have thought the characters were bizarre, or the events were explicit or unbelievable. It's magical realism, folks. This is part of the story, part of the heritage of the author and their nature of literature, and it's the biggest part of the story that brings the impossible to life. It's imagination, it's devotion, strength, love, lust, pain, jealousy and strife. I think that when most authors set out to write a book, they hope to capture just one of those feelings. Marquez captures them all, and he does it in such a way that no one else ever has before. <BR/><BR/>I'm not going to give any details of the book. The pages speak for themselves. I only read these reviews after I read the book, just out of curiosity. I highly recommend not reading the book's description or anything that could potentially ruin the story. Just turn to page one, begin to read, and feel the power of this author's magic. It's truly overpowering.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    not worth it...

    I don't understand why this novel is as popular as it is. I found it to be extremely boring. It follows the Buendia family through generations during the rise and fall of the fictional town of Macondo. Much of the Buendia family have almost the exact same names, so that got very confusing. Nothing interesting happened to any of them. I didn't care about, or even like, any of the characters. One Hundred Years of Solitude was a big disappointment for me. Definitely not worth the time I spent reading it.

    7 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    This book will change your life.

    If you have the patience, the time, the ability to think and breathe and wonder, then One Hundred Years of Solitude will change your life, and nothing else will be comparable. This novel speaks volumes on what it means to be human, in all facets of life.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Recommended, yet still unsure

    Although I haven't finished the novel yet (I'm half way through), I can understand the good and bad reviews. The author does have an interesting way of telling the story. My only complaint is some of the twisted behavior of many of the characters I guess that's a part of the 'life changing' part of reading the novel.I liked the beginning and it does show the progression of civilization. It also examines government and the revolution in Latin America (yet it's still fictional). I just wish that the characters weren't so twisted. I would recommend this novel to more mature readers (also, if you notice, older/more mature readers liked this book you need maturity to read through the semi-explicit scenes). I'm guessing that the plot is the changes that occur in civilization through time and what those changes does to the people involved.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    One of the best of all times

    This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. The misterious plot, the complex characters, and the amazingly well-written and thoughtout plot brings about one of the best works of literature of all times. The book's theme also forces the reader to critically evaluate the society we live in today. Clearly, people who say this book is a waste of time do not understand its signinficance and importance. Definetly NOT an easy read, but well worth it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    'Forced Reading' For College Credit

    For the life of me, I would have never thought that I would like a book such as this. I am not going to go into what the book is about as you can read that information from many of the other reviews. This book was required reading for a class as I was getting my B.A. degree. I moaned and cursed the day I ever took that class as most of the books on the list of required reading were titles which I would have never read if I didn't have too. Well, I suppose that is what higher education is all about. Not only did I like the books on the list, but several of them are now in my personal library. One Hundred Years of Solitude is, without a doubt, one of the best pieces of literature that I have ever had the pleasure to read. If you decide to read this book, keep an open mind as it is not the run of the mill story. Once you have read it, you may want to make it a part of your library as I have. Have fun and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    A Must Read

    This is one of my books but it had been more than ten years when I first read it. My husband's book club picked it for next months book and after talking to him about the book I descided i should re-read it. I was even better the second time! Hint to new readers: don't over-think characters you can get to wrapped up in the family tree and spend your whole trying to figure out who is who. Just go with the flow of the story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

    A Wonderful Journey of Language

    Being an English Major and amateur poet, my profound journey through Marquez's language was astonishing. The tips of my nerves shivered with each exciting tale of how a family and town soaked in years of myth and realism. My love for words and the perculiarities of nature became satiated through Marquez's poetic prose. A great read, recommended for anyone prepared to journey through the life of the village of Macondo. I especially recommend this book if you want let yourself be lifted from the real world and into the world of possibility.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Wow

    Since I can remember my father has told me that One Hundred Years of Solitude was a must read. Finally, I picked up his old copy and I found it almost impossible to put it down. I just finished reading it and I was not disappointed. I took a course in Hispanic Literature and I was introduced to Marquez there but definetly not as much as I should've been. He's one of my favorites now. His 'realismo magico' is unlike anything I've ever encountered and he has a way of going back in forth in his story while it keeps flowing. I pass the recommendation on and I'm on my way to buy Love in the Time of Cholera.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    100 Years Too Much

    The beginning of this book was very confusing. The descendant's stories that were told had me constantly referring back to the family tree because of the similarity of names. Marquez although elegant with his prose did not weave the story well until after two hundred pages. It was then that I finally got into the book and the characters. Unfortunately the saying "too little too late" fits this book perfectly, I was dying to get this book over with by the time I finally got into it. This was disheartening for me due to the fact that as a Hispanic woman this was the first book that I read by a Hispanic author and I must say I was highly disappointed. I would never recommend this book I am an avid reader and can complete most books with in a week longest is about two weeks it took me a month and a half to complete and in my mind all I kept think thinking was that this was going to take 100 years to complete.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    DARE to read this book

    Some people are bored and confused to their wit's end by this book. Actually, I am generous enough to even assume they have one. Just kidding. Now before I extol the merits of this book in a more sophiscated and mature manner I will say that this book is TRULY one weighty elephant of a read, not for your average bimbo. This book is TOUGH and THICK, and if you do not try to or take the time to penetrate through the literal meanings of the book you will no doubt end up writing a disappointed review. Anyway, I picked up this book out of curiosity because of its Nobel acclaim, and I was blown away. Reading it was like listening to a storyteller magically cooking up an animated tale and slowly drawing you in. The colorful town of Macondo is the world as it has been and will be, shaped by the clashes of human nature and individual realities set against the backdrop of the rise, evolution, and fall of civilizations. Extravagant spirits, unquenchable strength, family ties, passionate love affairs, political wars, struggle to survive, quest for knowledge, insanity, amnesia, nolstagia - all these elements blend and overlap each other within the storylines. Saying that this book is immensely profound would be a sad understatement. The author incorporates a labryinthe of repetition, symbology, overlaps, and magical realism, not so he can make the book overly complicated, but so that he can communicate a point about the inevitable patterns of us homo sapiens. Take the challenge to read this and make your own interpretation no matter much of a drag you find it at first. Heck, I put off reading this for a few weeks after going through the first few chapters because I thought my brain would be fried eggs if I read anymore. But reading this was darn worth it, more than I can express in words. So crack that book open and go for it. I dare you to.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    The Best Book I Have Ever Read

    Absolutely essential reading for everybody seeking to understand the character of the human race. You simply cannot die unless you read it. My life is a little bit fuller having read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    One of the best books ever!!

    I have read this book twice, once for a high school senior year final project and the next time was for personal enjoyment. This book never grows old and it's magical settings, the way it portrays Latin American reality in those times, and just the way the book was written makes you want to read it over and over and discover new things each new time. It could possibly be one of the greatest books ever!! Gabriel García Márquez is a brilliant writter and I would highly recommend this book to anyone out there. To anyone out there: you shouldn't even think twice about reading this excellent novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    This reminded me of And the Mountains Echoed. Various stories to

    This reminded me of And the Mountains Echoed. Various stories told through the course of time, this somewhat depicts a rich history we often don't get.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    This was the final book I was required to read my sophomore year

    This was the final book I was required to read my sophomore year of high school and it was phenomenal. It is one of the most interesting, intriguing, and thought provoking books I think I've ever read. It may not be the best was to teach readers about Colombian history, but it certainly is an interesting way. The book does assume that the reader does have quite a bit of real-event knowledge, which can make it difficult for younger audiences. Another reason why this book is amazing is because of how much we can compare it to the Bible, which is a book everyone is familiar with. The writing style of Marquez is just breathtaking and the words he uses just make every aspect of the novel flow together perfectly. Death, Love, Family, Memory and the Past, and the Supernatural is what this book is about and I've never seen those themes woven together in one book as greatly as they are in this book. I think this is one book that every member of society should be required to read, next to the book of Genesis... And I'm not even Christian! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    Marvelous

    I was awestruck by this book. I can't get it out of my psyche. This is a marvelous work of art. Kudos to Marquez for another masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    Wow - another Oprah pick that is just not worth it!

    This novel was chosen for our bookclub and the verdict: not worth finishing! I myself are an avid reader and very ecclectic in my choices as are my fellow book club members. This choice, however, went beyond - I am not sure if it was a translation problem or just a complete mishmash of writing style that we could not wrap our head around. I can't even begin to explain the true weirdness of this novel. I would like to say that his book, "Love in the time of Cholera" was written very differently and I enjoyed that book immensely.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    One of Garcia Marquez's best!

    Amazing Book... it's detail, it's magic realism, it's everything is just one amazing book. A must read for any person with a pretension to an education.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    This book is an absolute must read!

    This book depicts the rise and fall of the Buendia family. Marquez said he tries to write the way his grandmother told him stories as a child, as if she truly believed the far-fetched stories she told. Marquez makes everything about this family totally believable except for that you know much of it is impossible. I will agree with some of the other reviewers that its a good this theres a family tree in the front because the names do get a little repetative. That is really the only drawback. I'd really recommend this book to anyone who has the patience to keep up with the characters because it does get a little confusing, but is WELL worth it!

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