|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Was on a list of the 100 books you should read before you die, so I bought the book. I did finish the book and it was a good read, but i'm not sure why it is on the list as a top... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donald Gilliland
Critics have lauded One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), by Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Roy E. Perry
Hard to read because the names are so similar. Good luck with this one.Published 3 days ago by CH24
In The Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges' sublime short story, "all the places of the world, seen from every angle, coexist" in a single point of light a mere two or three... Read morePublished 8 days ago by richardovaz
Best book ever for kids leaving the house for college! Easy to read and great recipes anyone can make. Love and truly enjoyed reading it, very well written.Published 10 days ago by Jana M. Thoams
Once you get through Marquez's writing style (serious run on paragraphs) it is a very funny yet tragic story of one family's 100 year history. Read morePublished 10 days ago by J. Plonka
A great book with multiple characters with similar names.
A bit confusing for sometimes
It was a terrible read. I really shouldn't give a review as I didn't finish it, however noone in our book club liked it.....Published 15 days ago by Charlene N.
A true global classic that should be read and understood by readers in every country and should be in every library.Published 16 days ago by Covacha Quauhtlatoa