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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.
I thought I wrote a review already - maybe it was rejected. This book is like a dream that you can't make sense of. I read it for 100 pages and couldn't wait to put it down. Read morePublished 5 days ago by C. Q. Young
Great book with fantastic writing. Great insight to Latin American history and culture. Definitely would recommend this book - just don't get too hung up on a lot of the names... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the No. 1 best book in the world, in my opinion. Reading it changed my life and the way I look at literature and what is possible in writing, and in thinking. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ohio Nelly Bly
Magical! Amazing, It will take you away to another place/timePublished 12 days ago by Kevin Nollette
I just didn't get it. Too many details too many family members to keep track of not enough interesting content for me. Read morePublished 17 days ago by kmom
Not at all what I expected. Very hard to follow. Perhaps somethings are lost in the translation.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
What can I say this one of the best books I have ever read... twice. A timeless beautiful classic.Published 29 days ago by Robin Mautai Wybrow