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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La mejor novela contemporanea escrita en cualquier idioma
Este es un libro fascinante, lleno de realismo mágico, aventuras, drama y pasión. Un libro con el que se puede identificar cualquier latinoamericano por todo lo que tiene de cotidiano y de supersticioso. La historia tiene ciertas similitudes con la Biblia (Génesis, Exodo, Evangelios) , con las Mil y Una Noches y otras literaturas; lo que hacen que...
Published on August 16, 2006 by Erick Ramirez Avila

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1.0 out of 5 stars Inexcusable scanning errors throughout text
This is a wonderful book that I have read in book form several times. After I downloaded it in ebook form I was appalled at the frequent uncorrected scanning errors. An "o" frequently scans as an "a", an "i" with an accent mark as an l, etc. It's obvious that no one proofread this book after it was scanned. Amazon might tell you it's the fault of the publisher but they...
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La mejor novela contemporanea escrita en cualquier idioma, August 16, 2006
Este es un libro fascinante, lleno de realismo mágico, aventuras, drama y pasión. Un libro con el que se puede identificar cualquier latinoamericano por todo lo que tiene de cotidiano y de supersticioso. La historia tiene ciertas similitudes con la Biblia (Génesis, Exodo, Evangelios) , con las Mil y Una Noches y otras literaturas; lo que hacen que leerla le parezca a uno muy familiar aparte de que el lenguaje que utiliza García Márquez es muy sencillo y cotidiano. Nadie que la lea olvidará jamás a Ursula, o a Fernanda del Carpio, a Remedios la Bella o a cualquiera de los Aurelianos o José Arcadios. Es un libro adictivo para aquellos que dan sus primeros pasos en la buena literatura.

Después del Quijote, la mejor novela escrita en español, pero también la mejor novela contemporanea de nuestros tiempos. Es por eso, impresindible leerla.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de fusilamiento..., November 22, 2000
This review is from: Cien años de soledad (Paperback)
Quien dice que Cien años de soledad no es más que realismo mágico, tiene una visión muy restringida de la literatura. Es una épica, la historia de la humanidad, una historia que atrapa al lector desde la primer línea. La novela que terminó con el regionalismo y refleja siempre a la sociedad latinoamericana como un todo, influida por el mundo capitalista estadounidense. Un libro en el que un inventor fracasado, un coronel antiheroico, una madre de familia resignada y demás personajes estereotipados del mundo actual forman parte de la realidad de la que el autor hace burla, a tal grado de sentir compasión por sus propios personajes, por la suma de esfuerzos siempre inútlies por hacer bien las cosas, a causa de la falta de amor, a la que se hace referencia durante toda la novela. El personaje principal es Macondo, el pueblo mismo, que sobrevive al olvido por cien años de fracasos personales y acontecimientos fantásticos, para finalmente desaparecer sin rastro alguno, al igual que toda su historia. Excelente novela, es EL libro, narrado con el excelente lenguage poético tan propio de GGM.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "100 years .." - it gives you all you need, August 2, 1999
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This review is from: Cien Anos de Soledad (Paperback)
Having a soft corner for classification, one can classify everything. The books also can be classified. For example, into good and bad ones. In this case "100 Years of Solitude" is a good book. Or they can be classifies into great and good. Therefore "100 Years of Solitude" is considered a great book. Or into those, which got a Nobel Prize and those, which did not. Marques got Nobel Prize for his book "100 Years of Solitude". But to classify the contents of this book and to tell what is this book about...? it's next to impossible. It is about small town Macondo on the bank of the river, which runs its clear water in the white-stone polished bed. It's about the world of Latin America, quite a new world, that some things even do not have a name, and have to be pointed with the finger... About six generations of Buandia family... About love, loneliness and death. About endless cyclic recurrence and reiteration of love, loneliness and death. Reiteration, but already in other people, other characters, words and other life. In the life, which is impossible without love, loneliness and death. What amazes most in the book - is the great number of people, destinies and plots. Just imagine - the talented Shakespeare specialist made up his mind to summarize each Shakespeare play in one page. He has to carefully preserve grandeur, language, tragedy and humor. He selects two-three best quotations, unites the characters of all plays together as relatives or citizens of one town. He replaces castles and palaces by streets, where simple white houses sink in the heat under almond-trees for half a year, and for the rest of the year they sail in the rain like ships in an autumn sea. Replaces swords and man's sleeveless jackets by simple homemade clothes. Replaces crowded Europe by boundless selva, by poppy fields, where one can find the island of Spanish galleon and the Cordilleras, with peaks, buried in snow and clouds. The book might tuned out to be praise-worthy. But to make it similar to "100 Years of Solitude" it had to be saturated with unique rhythm and atmosphere of Latin America, as Marques did. One of his interview cited that the most difficult for him was to present the language of the novel. He had to tell this in such a manner, like his forefathers did: impassively, with absolute firm calmness, which can not be destroyed even if the world turns upside down. This fascination of impassivity in the face of joy and sorrow, impassivity, but not heartlessness, could not have appeared in Marques characters without any reason. It needed about 400 years of mixing blood of Spanish adventurer-conquistadors, which contained both European and Moorish blood, with Indian blood, which originated the art of patient waiting. Waiting, which is similar to many-hour immobility of condor soaring above the mountain canyons. It needed to happen mixing of risk of bullfights with ferocity of cockfights, mixing of Arabic and catholic styles of architecture in Spain, brought through calm and storm of the Atlantic, with the nature of Latin America, with jungles and salt sea winds. It needed to happen to give birth to an old man, which paid attention neither to ardent rose bushes, nor to spilled shine of sunset, and could answer the question of a stranger, which dared to break his loneliness: - What are you doing, colonel? - I am just sitting and waiting when coffin with my body will be carried by.
The novel "100 Years of Solitude" to some extend is written like a mirror. Marques looked into it and saw the town of his childhood, his granny, bustling about, and his grandpa, the veteran of the Civil war. Any reader of this book can look at himself in the mirror. In one of the pages he will see the reflection of his love, loneliness or death. But there is nothing sad in it. The life comes back again and again, but only Macondo will have been destroyed by hurricane and have been escaped from human memory. Those human generations, which are condemned to hundred years of loneliness, are not fated to appear on the Earth twice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inexcusable scanning errors throughout text, December 18, 2012
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This is a wonderful book that I have read in book form several times. After I downloaded it in ebook form I was appalled at the frequent uncorrected scanning errors. An "o" frequently scans as an "a", an "i" with an accent mark as an l, etc. It's obvious that no one proofread this book after it was scanned. Amazon might tell you it's the fault of the publisher but they are still selling a defective product. This is one of the best books ever written in Spanish. Doesn't it deserve better treatment than this? Not to mention the readers. The one star is for the scanning errors, not the narrative.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books you'll ever read, October 23, 2005
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I've had this book in my collection for the last 5 years. I tried to pick it up when I was 20 but I'm glad I waited. A couple of nights ago I couldn't sleep and went to my study to pick it up. I haven't slept since.

Cien años de soledad is a literary triumph. It tells us the story of the Buendías, the founders of Macondo, a small village somewhere in South America (my guess being Colombia, of course). García Márquez takes the reader into the lives and deaths and everything in between of this singular family and how their lives, though so magical and tragic at times, relate to yours and mine. The language and diction are just perfect (though I recommend a good Spanish dictionary because some words can be tricky), making you travel to this very remote place and experience ice, magnets, telegraphs, trains and bananas for the very first time.

This is without a doubt, one of the best books you'll ever read. Get a piece of paper, write down the family tree (because it will get confusing) and enjoy the ride.

"...porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tienen una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read, December 23, 2008
One of the best books written originally in Spanish by Nobel Prize Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I read both the Spanish and the English versions and for purposes of reviewing this item, I have to say the English version is very good. Well worth the reading! Add it to your collection of must read, obviously if you enjoy good literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The soledad of Marquez, March 19, 2001
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This review is from: Cien años de soledad (Hardcover)
With this book, Gabriel Garcia Marquez engolfes the reader into a laberinth of fantastic lifes lived, settings that can only be described as dream-like and details that baffle and challenge the imagination. This is the story of the Buendia family, a town call Macondo and it's inhabitants, throughout the decades and generations Buendias . As background to this Marquez offers the Colombia of a period of civil war and political isntability at all levels. Although this novel is far from being a political banner of any kind it does offer a satisfying taste satire and magic. Garcia Marquez at his best narrative style, fills this story with chaotic and obsessive characters that take the reader through a land of alchimy, Gypsies and bounless unending love that breakes the reason of mind. This book is highly recomended to any one who has a taste for stories of the strugles of the mind and the some times the blury line between the magic of this world and irrelevancy of our lives. This book has been translated into more than seventy laguages, with no sensable loss of content, but is always a pleasure to read it in the language in which the wirter originaly concived it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cien Anos, November 2, 2001
This review is from: Cien Anos de Soledad (Paperback)
It's very hard for me to describe this book, or to explain
what it is about. I only can say that it left me deeply
troubled...something mythically desperate. It's the story of
a clan, condemned to solitude. Either of its members, innate or
adopted, suffers from either love, or solitude, or death...but not a mixture.
One very good friend described this work by an analogy to ergotic
systems (from statistical mechanics in physics)...there are two
ways to measure the "average" of a system: either by fixing a single point and observe it for a very long time, or by fixing a time and observing all of the space. If the averages found in both these ways is the same, then the system is called ergotic.
Buendia familly in this sence was ergotic. It's history consisted of endless repetitions and cycles, and meanwhile a
look on all its members at a given time would describe its present, past and future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, terrible digital formatting | Excelente libro, terrible formato digital, December 21, 2012
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PLEASE NOTE I'M REVIEWING THE KINDLE FORMAT OF THE BOOK, NOT THE BOOK ITSELF.

I'm currently at 68% through the book, and though I love the story, the Kindle format falls really short. The main issue is that the index has just the following entries:

Cubierta (Cover)
Cien años de soledad (the book's contents)
Biografía (Biography)
Créditos (Credits)

This means that the whole book itself is one single entry, plus there's no title to indicate the start of chapter, just a big blank space between chapters. This is really annoying, specially if you forward the book by mistake, unless you remember the location where you were, you basically have to turn pages until you get there. Definitely a lot of room for improvement in this area.

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POR FAVOR NOTE QUE MI CRÍTICA ES SOBRE EL FORMATO KINDLE DEL LIBRO, NO EL LIBRO EN SÍ.

Actualmente estoy en el 68% del libro, y aunque me encanta la historia, el formato Kindle de verdad se queda corto. El inconveniente principal es que el índice solo tiene las siguientes entradas:

Cubierta
Cien años de soledad
Biografía
Créditos

Esto quiere decir que todo el libro en sí es una sola entrada, además que no existe un título que defina el inicio de un capítulo, únicamente un espacio en blanco grande entre capítulos. Esto es sumamente molesto, especialmente si por error se avanza en el libro, a menos que se recuerde el número de posición donde se estaba, básicamente se tiene que pasar páginas hasta llegar ahí. En este sentido definitivamente hay mucho qué mejorar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars realismo magico, September 21, 2012
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Another excellent work. A meandering story where the plot is less important than the character descriptions, and where the constant appearance of realismo magico which is the author's distinguishing feature, gives the story so many improbable twists. Anyone who liked El Amor en Tiempos de Colera, will love this one.
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Cien años de soledad (Vintage Espanol) (Spanish Edition) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Paperback - September 22, 2009)
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