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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel…

One Hundred Years of Solitude (original 1967; edition 2006)

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Title:One Hundred Years of Solitude
Authors:Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Info:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2006), Paperback, 448 pages
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)

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    browner56: Superb multi-generational sagas of two South American families, told in the magic realism style
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    philosojerk: I found Martinez's style in Purgatory very reminiscent of Marquez's in One Hundred Years. If you enjoyed one of them, you would probably enjoy the other.
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while interesting, it was just so long ( )
  sandra.pinkerton83 | Apr 16, 2019 |
endlessly long ( )
  mmccoyy | Mar 23, 2019 |
I can’t recall the last time I read a book that challenged my reading skills as much as this one has. First, it’s an epic tale of Latin American history focused on seven generations of one family. It’s set in the magically realist city of Macondo, and it features gypsies, innumerable civil wars, European colonialists, marital infidelity, incest, and multiple characters who share the same name. And one character who spontaneously ascends to heaven simply because she’s too beautiful to remain on Earth. And speaking of Earth, that’s the preferred sustenance—yes, dirt—of another character.

Marquez’s writing style is a unique amalgam of Cervantes, Swift, and Faulkner. I think I understood about 30% of what I read—which is not to say the novel isn’t good. It’s brilliant. I mean, the guy won a Nobel Prize. But’s it’s just way beyond my reach. This is the kind of literature that needs to be read communally, with the help of other intelligent readers who can help build meaning from the text. It takes a village, but I read this alone. More’s the pity. ( )
  jimrgill | Mar 12, 2019 |
No sé si estoy cometiendo sacrilegio al ponerle cuatro estrellas en vez de cinco. Creo que un 4.5 sería más necesario, y esa media estrella que falta es más por una apreciación muy personal que por una falla del libro en sí. "Cien años de soledad" es uno de los libros más ambiciosos que he leído, la narración es de una maestría indudable. Todas sus referencias literarias (destaco los guiños hacia [b:El siglo de las luces|59504|El siglo de las luces|Alejo Carpentier|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1354467957s/59504.jpg|416] de Carpentier, [b:La muerte de Artemio Cruz|791246|La muerte de Artemio Cruz|Carlos Fuentes|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348412133s/791246.jpg|1319779] de Fuentes y [b:Rayuela|46171|Rayuela|Julio Cortázar|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1359161390s/46171.jpg|1794732] de Cortázar), y su manejo extraordinario de los tiempos narrativos, que da la sensación de que todas las historias confluyen en un mismo lugar y que todo sucede simultáneamente.
El pero que podría ponerle es que su misma ambición no le permite detenerse demasiado en algunos aspectos que pudieron haberse explorado más, y son tantos pero tantos personajes que a veces no es posible conocerlos bien. Pero, repito, es una observación mínima.
En definitiva, un libro para poner a prueba tu incredulidad y experimentar de primera mano la lectura de un clásico universal escrito por una prodigiosa mano latinoamericana. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
I am pretty sure I read this one near the beginning of the summer. This is the story of a fictional town called Macondo. It is the history of a family named Buendia. All the characters have names that are similar. The founder of the town is Jose Arcadio Buendia. It covers the lives of his children and his grandchildren. Jose and his wife are first cousins, and they leave their village to search for a new home. The town stays pretty secluded, but is often visited by gypsies. Over time, Jose Buendia goes insane, starts speaking only Latin, and is tied to a chestnut tree for many years until he dies. Generations of Buendias eventually leave the town into a near abandoned state. There are only two people left in the town, and they enter into a relationship - not knowing that they are aunt and nephew. The wife dies in child birth and the child is devoured by ants (what?!?!) leaving Aurelino - the nephew - as the last living Buendia relative. Aurelino finds a manuscript that was left by the gypsies years before that tells of all the Buendia misfortunes. While reading it, the town of Macondo is wiped off the face of the earth by a hurricane.

This book will make your head spin. While I enjoyed the book, I had to keep referring to the family tree at the beginning to keep all the names straight. There are a lot of Arcadios and Ursulas and Joses that you start to forget whom is married to whom. The book is written in a magical realism style and will have you chuckling and shaking your head all at once. It was WEIRD. And silly. And just fun.

I think I will recommend it. It is an acquired taste - that is for sure. You just never knew where the story was going! ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
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García Márquez, Gabrielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Broek, C.A.G. van denTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cicogna, EnricoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Packer, NeilIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rabassa, GregoryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rossi, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toelke, CathleenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de fusilamiento, el coronel Aureliano Buendía había de recordar aquella tarde remota en que su padre lo llevó a conocer el hielo.
Много години по-късно, пред взвода за разстрел, полковник Аурелиано Буендия щеше да си спомни онзи далечен подиробед, когато баща му го заведе да види леда.
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Mnogo će se godina kasnije, pred streljačkim vodom, pukovnik Aureliano Buendía sjetiti tog davnog poslijepodneva kada ga je otac poveo da upozna led.
"[Y]ou'd be good in a war," she said. "Where you put your eye, you put your bullet."
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Da José Arcadio ad Aureliano, dalla scoperta del ghiaccio alla decifrazione delle pergamene di Melquíades: sette generazioni di Buendía inseguono un destino ineluttabile. Con questo romanzo tumultuoso che usa i toni della favola, sorretto da un linguaggio portentoso e da una prodigiosa fantasia, Gabriel García Márquez ha saputo rifondare la realtà e, attraverso Macondo, creare un vero e proprio paradigma dell'esistenza umana. Un universo di solitudini incrociate, impenetrabili ed eterne, in cui galleggia una moltitudine di eroi. Edizione del cinquantenario (1967-2017).
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Melquiades warns,
a message recieved late,
beware of the ants.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060883286, Paperback)

"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."

It is typical of Gabriel García Márquez that it will be many pages before his narrative circles back to the ice, and many chapters before the hero of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Buendía, stands before the firing squad. In between, he recounts such wonders as an entire town struck with insomnia, a woman who ascends to heaven while hanging laundry, and a suicide that defies the laws of physics:

A trickle of blood came out under the door, crossed the living room, went out into the street, continued on in a straight line across the uneven terraces, went down steps and climbed over curbs, passed along the Street of the Turks, turned a corner to the right and another to the left, made a right angle at the Buendía house, went in under the closed door, crossed through the parlor, hugging the walls so as not to stain the rugs, went on to the other living room, made a wide curve to avoid the dining-room table, went along the porch with the begonias, and passed without being seen under Amaranta's chair as she gave an arithmetic lesson to Aureliano José, and went through the pantry and came out in the kitchen, where Úrsula was getting ready to crack thirty-six eggs to make bread.
"Holy Mother of God!" Úrsula shouted.

The story follows 100 years in the life of Macondo, a village founded by José Arcadio Buendía and occupied by descendants all sporting variations on their progenitor's name: his sons, José Arcadio and Aureliano, and grandsons, Aureliano José, Aureliano Segundo, and José Arcadio Segundo. Then there are the women--the two Úrsulas, a handful of Remedios, Fernanda, and Pilar--who struggle to remain grounded even as their menfolk build castles in the air. If it is possible for a novel to be highly comic and deeply tragic at the same time, then One Hundred Years of Solitude does the trick. Civil war rages throughout, hearts break, dreams shatter, and lives are lost, yet the effect is literary pentimento, with sorrow's outlines bleeding through the vibrant colors of García Márquez's magical realism. Consider, for example, the ghost of Prudencio Aguilar, whom José Arcadio Buendía has killed in a fight. So lonely is the man's shade that it haunts Buendía's house, searching anxiously for water with which to clean its wound. Buendía's wife, Úrsula, is so moved that "the next time she saw the dead man uncovering the pots on the stove she understood what he was looking for, and from then on she placed water jugs all about the house."

With One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez introduced Latin American literature to a world-wide readership. Translated into more than two dozen languages, his brilliant novel of love and loss in Macondo stands at the apex of 20th-century literature. --Alix Wilber

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Tells the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town.

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