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One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) (Harper…

One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (original 1967; edition 2006)

by Gabriel García Márquez (Author)

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The rise and fall, birth and death, of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family.
Title:One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Authors:Gabriel García Márquez (Author)
Info:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2006), Edition: Reprint, 417 pages
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)

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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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Not a fan of magical realism ( )
  denmoir | Apr 27, 2024 |
A sad and enchanting book. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
Cien años de soledad es una historia perfecta: tragedia, triunfo y el círculo de la vida. Desde las primeras líneas hasta la última página, Gabriel García Márquez, mezcla magia con realidad para crear personajes inolvidables. Es el primer libro que leo en español y la poesía de cada línea me hace enamorarme aún más del idioma.

It is a flawless representation of the human experience. I will read it again in English and again in Spanish and treasure this work for all of its profound insights. ( )
  Andrew.Lafleche | Mar 15, 2024 |
Harold Bloom describes his response as being “aesthetic battle fatigue” I had a very similar response. paused around the 50% mark. Post civil war, pre-banana massacre.
  ben_a | Feb 20, 2024 |
I started reading this book more than 25 years ago and just could not get into. In fact, I still had the bookmark in it where I abandoned in that last attempt. I set out to read it again and struggled at the beginning. The only reason I persevered was because I chose this book for our book club. Part of what I found most difficult was the numerous characters with the same or similar names, and given that the story is not told in linear time, it was easy to confuse them. But as I got deeper into the story, I became more invested and found that I was enjoying it. It is the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, the patriarch of which, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the (fictional) town of Macondo, a rural Colombian village closer to the coast of the Caribbean than the Pacific. The village is visited by gypsies who bring the discoveries of the world beyond with them as they pass through periodically, exciting the imagination (and obsessions) of José Arcadio, whose wife, Úrsula Iguarán, puts up with his foolishness.

Interestingly, the female figures in the book are the ones who more often than not show wisdom and sanity (although not all of them) and live the longest. I don't know if there is meant to be symbolism in the fantastical events, but over time I got used to the strange moments. I also struggled relating to or even caring about the characters, and yet the story still held my interest. While I read the first quarter of the book over a period of about three weeks - in part because I did not have a lot of free time, but also in part because I was struggling with it - I read the last nearly 300 pages in one day. Through his masterful storytelling, Gabriel García Márquez captured some key elements of Colombian history in the 20th century - how it affected the people in the more primitive and remote areas from guerilla warfare to the arrival of the railway, movies, telephones, cars, American (US) exploitation of natural resources (in this case, bananas), clashes between Liberals and Conservatives, the exploitation of plantation workers, who eventual go on strike and are later massacred - depending on whose version of history gets told and whose gets wiped out. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
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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.
"[Y]ou'd be good in a war," she said. "Where you put your eye, you put your bullet."
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The rise and fall, birth and death, of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family.

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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.

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