One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

One of the twentieth century's most beloved and acclaimed novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women--brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul--this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060883287
9780060919658
0060919655
9780060740450
0060740450
9780060531041
9780060750763
Branch Call Number: GARC
Characteristics: 417 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Rabassa, Gregory
Alternative Title: 100 years of solitude

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Intergenerational, magical realism, classic, Latin American.


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JCLSamS Jul 12, 2018

I'm not sure how even to begin to describe this book. Vibrant, disturbing, memorable, confusing, thought-provoking. Unlike anything else. As with some previous reviewers, I'm not even sure enjoyment comes into it. This book is an experience, and it's a worthwhile one.

shan180 Jun 27, 2018

Columbia, SA is one of the most fascinating places I have ever been to. What I liked most about this book was how Marquez wove historical events into the tropical magic that happens at 100 degrees F, and 100% humidity. Having lived in the area where this book originates allowed me to appreciate the possibilities and metaphors. Living in the tropics of South America somehow changes or opens a view to another realm. GG Marquez is a master of storytelling, and I only wish I could read Spanish well enough to read this classic in it's mother tongue.

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luketenhage
Apr 09, 2018

This book forced me to question my rating philosophy. Do I award stars based off enjoyment, the overall quality of the book, or a mixture of both? I'm forced to go with the second of these three choices. Thus, One Hundred Years of Solitude gets five stars despite the fact that certain elements felt gimmicky and lazy on Marquez' part. The novel is a rich aesthetic experience without a doubt.

My main issue with the novel is the elements which one would classify as "magical realism". Girls ascending to heaven, ghosts conversing with the dead, alchemy, human beings with tails, etc. I acknowledge that it's these parts which make the novel remarkable. At the same time though, its these elements which instigate the novel's turning points rather than say, characters undergoing change. This is understandable though since Marquez covers a great expanse of time which features a batshit crazy number of charactters in little over four hundred pages. If it weren't for the novel's beauty, it would suffer from an excess of ambition.

What's good about the novel is its meditations on the fluidity of time. I am quite the sucker for modernism.

Overall, the book is breathtaking although I have certain reservations about it.

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ajscherer
Jan 09, 2018

Perhaps should be titled One Hundred Years of Boredom. Add in a few "ghosts" and other such impossibles, and different characters with the same names over the "100 years" and it gets pretty tiresome.

masaoliver Nov 14, 2017

One of most unforgettable reads. For sure.

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ssjv
Aug 01, 2017

Inspired saga includes those born with a tail.

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Dragonrat703
Jul 07, 2017

One of the greatest books I have ever read. It took me a while to get used to the magical realism and sexual content, but afterwards I really enjoyed the story. I was emotionally moved thousands of times and laughed out loud nearly every chapter. A book written like no other.

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Ailil2017
Apr 25, 2017

It took me 15 years to read this wonderful piece of literature!
When I was in high school, here in Portland Oregon, I tried to read it and of course I did not get it. After some reflection, it made perfect sense, I was not prepare for such a heavy reading.
After many years, I finally see that getting through this reading was a failed attempt for many reasons. Too young, too narrow minded, too rigid. Luckily, life and its circumstances gave me the opportunity to turn my sight to this masterpiece.

I have some points that I would like to touch:
1. The story is very rich in details, this is good very good.
2. The characters are many and all are given the same or similar names, way too confusing.
3. Need for an additional materials, felt the need to have to look for an illustration that would assist me in identifying the characters

The beauty of the book:
1. An Outstanding Narrative
2. The story is controversial
3. The book is rich in content

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scribby
Mar 26, 2017

Fascinating history of a fictional family in a fictional place; full of pathos, existential horror, comedy, and a large dose of "magical realism". Yes, there are a lot of sordid and shocking details; but if something is to be a "true" chronicle then the bad must be included with the good. The prose style is a little heavy-handed and awkward at times, though this may be simply the result of translation; the full flavor of something written in one language can seldom (if ever) be carried over into another.

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NeverNeverLand87
Feb 23, 2017

Yet again a book that I can not understand it's popularity. It has pedophilia, incest, occult and a family of ignorant/arrogant (extremely hard-headed) characters. I'm just about at the half way and I quit. How can people call this good?

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Dragonrat703
Jul 07, 2017

Sexual Content: A whole bunch of incest and prostitution, mostly with very young people

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Dragonrat703
Jul 07, 2017

Violence: More than three thousand people are shot and their bodies are dumped into the sea

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vv19
Jan 09, 2016

Sexual Content: Incest

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Dragonrat703
Jul 07, 2017

Dragonrat703 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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VladTheGreen
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Dragonrat703
Jul 07, 2017

The history of a fictional town spanning one hundred years and following six generations through life

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blatz911
Oct 21, 2014

He went among the houses for several days repeating the demonstration of levitation by means of chocolate while the acolyte collected so much money in a bag that in less than a month he began the construction of the church.

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