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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Perennial Classics
Author: Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
ISBN-13: 9780613174183
ISBN-10: 0613174186
Publication Date: 3/2001
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If read slowly and with great attention, this will be one of the best books you've ever read. If you are in the mood for a fast and fun book, put this one down and choose something else. This book will not be enjoyed if read one or two pages here, one or two pages there. It requires time and dedication, but the pay-off is great. When things get slow in the middle, find encouragement that the last 50 pages are worth the wait.
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Marquez is a truly brilliant author. His use of 'mystical realism' weaves for the reader a tale that is both completely fanciful and utterly believeable at the same time. It was a beautifully intriguing story.
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I don't really think this book needs my recommendation. It's a legend by itself already and I doubt what I have to say will influence your opinion more than the book when you actually read it. Still, I'll try to say what to expect and what not to expect.

Most readers don't need this warning, but some will probably catch the book because it's "well known and great". Remember, this is a classical novel, not some action one. If you need action and adventure, go elsewhere, just don't try to plow over the book and then give it a one-star rating - you have been warned.

Warnings aside, for a short description. The book is actually a case-study of one family's lives in a small village "on the edge of nowhere" (supposedly in South America, on the verge of the XIX and XX century, but this is not something you want to attach too much attention to, since the village is actually a sort of "neverland" and its geographical location is, I think, only due to the fact that Marquez felt better describing places that felt 'nearer' to him).

The book is actually a philosophical work, best described I think as a study of situations when a human being, though seemingly surrounded by friends, relatives and even loved ones, is actually alone. Hence the title - it's actually a study of solitude without solitude, a solitude among people. A study made by a brilliant writer, in a breathtaking style which makes the book read like a thriller. Marquez builds the magical place that is the village very meticulously, making you almost want to seek out this neverland in reality.

The main value of this book, its characters, atmosphere and the philosophy is not something you can describe in a review. You will just have to find it out for yourself. Which I greatly urge you to.
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Very different, interesting...though a difficult read. I was glad they had a family tree in the front since most of the men in the book shared the same names. Fantasy-type story of a family in Mexico, with characters that live over 150 years, live tied to trees, and survive firing squads. Not the book if you're looking for an easy, quick read.
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I say - too complicated and too many characters. Quickly lost track of what was going on. My friends say - that I am a doofus, that the story is rich and complex and fantastic. Have to confess, I didn't read the whole thing. Perhaps my friends are right ;) It did generate a lot of acclaim.
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I read it for a book club and even though I was too fond of the book a lot of people actually liked it. It uses a lot of fantasy elements and symbolism. The book spans over 4 generations and the similarities in so many of their names makes the book a little confusing but the family map in the beginning of the novel really helps out. It is a little bizzare but it does make for an interesting fantasy read.
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At first I couldn't get into it. I read a couple hundred pages and then stopped.. confused by so many names like the book of Genesis. However, some friends urged me to continue reading and I am so happy they did. This has become one of my favorite books and Garcia Marquez has definitely become one of my favorite authors. I've grown to enjoy his outlandish stories told in such a matter-of-fact tone. This book is all about the big picture (and is quite possibly enjoyed more in hindsight)... filled with stories of muted, yet colorful lives.
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This is a story about the rise and fall and birth and death of a town. It is told, through the eyes and history of one family. It is inventive, sad, amusing and the characters are quite unforgettable. It has been said, about this book, that is should be "required reading for the entire human race."

It is a savage description of all that is meaningful and meaningless in life.
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This book was interesting. Garcia Marquez has a very distinctive voice and I liked the allusions to Latin American literature, the magical realism and how Garcia Marquez so eloquently puts the meaning of life into his novel. That being said, it was also a little long winded, despite the course of the novel being over 150 years and his naming system was very confusing. I realize his point that the family was running in continuous cycles that they couldn't break out of, but I had a really hard time keeping the men straight and when I have to refer to a chart it ruins the magic for me. However if you are looking for a book that you can chew over and can provide interesting points, not a beach read, but a piece of art, than 100 Years of Solitude is an amazing book.
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Magical realism at its finest!
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The beginning of the book contains a family tree of the Buendia family, and if you're like me you'll surely mangle and dog-ear this page as you work your way though the book, trying to keep track of the Aurelianos, Remedios, and Ursulas.
But the struggle is worth it. This was truly the great novel that Garcia Marquez was meant to write; to me everything of Marquez that followed seems like recycled material. I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude years ago before moving to Latin America. Now that I here and have read it again, many of the messages that before were inaccessible now reveal themselves. The Story of Macondo is the story of Colombia and, to a larger extent, of Latin America. The reviewers tell us this, but it is amazing to see it with my own eyes.

The literal and the fantastic are interwoven with a seamlessness that amazes. One compares his style with Kafka before and Kundera after, literary voice established in this novel has withstood the test of time. It remains unique.

The book is at once funny, sad, tragic; it's history and fantasy. But overall
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His second novel (1967) is one of myth and fantasy combined. It is the tale of a family and of a town from its founding, through revolution, violence, exploitation, and demise. About half way through its 450 plus pages I got bogged down and confused with the multitude of characters with the same, or similar, names (See note). Anyone attempting to absorb this novel should keep a copy of the genealogy chart handy. It is a tale that is steeped (minus the graphic details) with corruption, exploitation, greed (including a strong thread of alchemy), lust, adultery, fornication, incest, polygamy, rape, suicide, and murder. Or, as the announcer states in the opening lines of Chicago, All those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts. All this surrounded by a hint of devout Catholicism. In fact, one critic has postulated that it is a sequel to the Book of Genesis. The author, however, outdoes the bible. His great flood, that all but decimates the town, lasts for four years, eleven months, and two days, which is followed by ten years without rain. He also rivals Faulkner in the use of stream of consciousness and seemingly endless sentences and multipage paragraphs.

If you can muddle through all of the squalor, inbreeding, promiscuousness, executions, and massacres in this fetid jungle town, this is a book for you. Myself, while I can accept some proportion of the foregoing under the purview of fantasy (e.g., the portions concerning the gypsies), he carries it to the absurd. The book, however, must give birth to a multitude of allegories (real or imagined) upon which countless dissertations may be based. Thank goodness it finally ended!

Note: Five are named Jose Arcadio, or Arcadio; five are named Aureliano plus 17 other Aurelianos who do not figure significantly in the story; two are named Remedios; two are Amaranta, and two are Ursula.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
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This gorgeous novel is well-known in the Spanish-speaking world, but most American readers happen across it by accident and read it with a sense of growing astonishment. I know that was my first reaction - just a sense of awe at the power of the narrative (particularly its ability to draw you into the story despite the multitude of stories, myths, and characters that could be overwhelmingly confusing). I have reread this novel several times and it just keeps getting better.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez offers a very intriguing study of the cyclical nature the human condition in One Hundred Years of Solitude. Although the time frame is more modern, numerous biblical references makes one believe that this story has already been told once, if not numerous times. The recycling of names, and even characteristics and personalities, lend themselves to repetition. The Buendia home itself follows a cyclical pattern of birth, decay and renewal several times over two centuries, and the generations of Buendias watch the time pass from a porch that remains largely untouched by time.
This is a wonderful story, where the fantastic becomes the norm, the ghosts of the dead are as prevalent in daily life as the living, and everything imaginable becomes possible. Certainly a worthy of spending some time with, and definitely betting several readings!
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Confusing and disjointed in story line.
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I was bitterly disappointed by this book. I thought it was going to enlighten me on the nature of loneliness or solitude. I read about 100 pages and didn't really see any rhyme or reason to anything that happened. I think magical realism is totally over my head and aside from that, there didn't seem to be much of a story. Maybe I am not smart enough to understand a book like this? Sure the sentences were beautiful, but it seemed like sentence salad to me.
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"This is not an easy to read book; if you are looking for light reading, this is not it. Also, this is not a book to read quickly; it takes a lot of reflection to try to grasp the meaning (and often times you don't) of the wondrous stories.

Having said that, this is a wonderful book. Garcia Marquez tells the story of a family and a town, Macondo. The things that happen there are surreal; strange murders, sleeping disorders, scientists, soldiers, all revolve around the mansion of the Buendia family in Macondo. The tales introduce the reader to 20th century Latin American literature, with tales of love, sadness, desperation, hurt, and loss.

This is Garcia Marquez's most famous work, and arguably his best. It is a book to be savored slowly, page by page, contemplated and reflected upon. If you are looking for a page turner or light reading, feel free to skip this book. It is made for a very specific type of reader, one that will take the time to decipher the meaning of the stories and uncover the artistic content hidden just below the surface of the page."
- Denis Benchimol Minev
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First off, if you're going to read this, make sure that you can devote a little time each day to read it. This is not the sort of book that you put down and don't pick up again for a week! It's the story of a family in a fictional town called Macando. The story spans centuries (or so it seems, the author purposefully neglected to put any dates in the story, just historical milestones and clothing descriptions that give you a vague sense of what era the characters are in), and covers generations of this one family. The characters are confusing, in that the men in the family are all named Aureliano, Jose Arcadio, or a variation or mixture of those names; the women are a bit easier to remember, but I would have lost my mind if the author hadn't added a family tree for me to constantly reference in the front of the book.

All that said, this was a wonderful story. I felt connected with this family by the time I got about 50 pages in, and I either loved or loathed the characters - there was no middle ground. This book taught me to read very carefully and with intent, b/c the magic realism that the author used sometimes caused things that any reader would find important (like, say, the death of a young mother/main character from miscarriage or the massacre of villagers) to be brought up in a single sentence and never spoken of again, almost nonchalantly. Whereas one man's obsession with translating old scrolls takes up entire chapters. But it's this realism that makes the unbelievable, well...believeable. It's what allows one woman to outlive her all of her children AND some grandchildren, and for another to be so beautiful that any man who sees her face goes mad with lust and dies a horrible death. It allows for the spirits of the dead to go strolling on through a house for no particular reason other than to just hang out among the living, and it allows for a wanted man to become invisible (no, really, INVISIBLE) to government soldiers at the most opportune moment.

I enjoyed this book, and am planning to read "Love In The Time of Cholera" next!
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Steeped in magical realism, the saga of the family Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula Iguarian is woven with village life through the mythical town of Macondo which they founded in a swampy, isolated area. Garcia Marquez eloquently defines the meaning of life interweaving it with cultural beliefs and everyday family life. The author's writing style is based on the way his grandmother told stories during his childhood. One of the most memorable characters is Colonel Aureliano Buendia whose zest for war culminates always in battle defeats yet he is highly respected by his men and peers. Time and time again he avoids death, living a full life and fathering 17 sons named Aureliano. Ursula, Jose's wife, lives a long life though she loses her sight managing to conceal this fact from family members. She warns of babies born with a pig's tale when family members fall in love with other family members. A man named Melquiades appears again and again to family members stimulating experiments and scientific exploration which is sometimes based on fact and sometimes not and summarize the family story. As the years pass the isolation of the town diminishes and family members travel and become acquainted with the progress of the world around them. It's a most interesting read.
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Excellent book.
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Wow. What a different kind of book. You see a family heritage move through its history of one hundred years. Fascinating view point.
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I got about 100 pages in and quit the book. There was little of interest to me. I saw little character development, little imaginative imagery, and little to maintain my interest. It read more like a town history than literature.
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Considered a classic of world literature..."excellent" doesn't begin to cover the magnitude of this author's work in this book!
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Imagine Anne Tyler (Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Searching for Caleb) on speed or maybe crack cocaine and you'll be prepared for Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Tyler's quirky Baltimoreans have nothing on the inhabitants of the mythical town of Macondo, located beside a swamp probably somewhere in his native Columbia, Gabriel Garcia Marquez created for his One Hundred Years of Solitude. As Tyler does in her tales, Gabriel Garcia Marquez focuses on the members of a single family, the Buendias, but does not limit himself to a single generation of same. Beginning with Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula Iguaran the reader is treated to the fortunes and misfortunes of six generations of the Buendia family and those who marry or are adopted into it. And woven throughout the fabric of this quirky family, and those who interact with them, is the ever-present reminder of the title theme, the solitude within which each individual dwells. A fascinating read, owing to the skill of the author who manages to keep his hold, and our interest, on his theme no matter how far afield his characters may wander. But do let me add a word of caution. I highly recommend you follow the suggestion of the title and read this book in solitude because despite Garcia Marquez's Sgt. ("Just the facts, Ma'am") Joe Friday delivery you may as I did find yourself having snickers and barks of derisive laughter followed by moans and sighs of sympathy pulled from you page after page. You see, unlike other authors (even the aforementioned Ms. Tyler) Gabriel Garcia Marquez apparently feels no need to create a background of sanity or even what might be called normalcy against which to paint his quirky characters. Each and every character in the mythical town of Macondo and all of those who interact with them appear on a scale from kinky to coo-coo bonkers, so set your preconceptions aside as you lock yourself away to enjoy this tale.

Don Le Couteur
Ocotillo
5 December 2011
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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.
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Marquez has written a fascinating tale about generations of the same family while marrying, loving, murdering and dying, about war and about fantastic surreal happenings - all happening in a surreal village in South America. I would suggest, however, to keep the names of the characters straight as it can get confusing (there is a chart in the front of my edition)! This book reminds me of Paul Coehlo and if you liked THE ALHEMIST this will be up your alley. This is the first Marquez book I have read and I will definitely be reading more.
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I have a new favorite author. This book is incredible.
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Heard a lot about this book recently, guess I'm really behind the times as it turns out it was written in the sixties; it's very much in a style of those times, somewhat random stream-of-consciousness edge of fantasy freewheeling stuff. So for me its dated. I have read half of it when I had nothing better to grab my attention. It's entertaining but pointless as far as I can see. In general that is my criticism of fiction these days, there is so much real life that is more extraordinary and more engrossing, but that's just a personal thing. The repetitive names are hard to grab onto and remember if you are reading it casually,like me - way worse than a Russian novel, and it's not nearly as well constructed.
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Honestly, I couldn't finish this book. It was very hard to follow, but maybe someone else can enjoy it!
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This was a great book. I just finished it and it really stays with you. At first, I was a little hesistant to read it becuase it has such a big reputation. However, that reputation is well deserved. It's a classic that everyone should read. Plus, it is not a difficult read at all.
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I did not want this to end!
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Oprah liked it...
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Intriguing reading
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A beguiling mix of politics, magic, romance, and sex, the saga of the mysterious history of the Buendia family of the village of Macondo does nothing less than recapitulate the entire history of the human race. Written in a fairly experimental style with little regard for traditional novelistic conventions, Garcia Marquez's novel incorporates emotional responses in favor of plot, a cyclical approach to fractured time lines, and many different characters with similar or identical names, and an emotional responses. An immediate success on it's initial publication, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE was eventually translated in more than 40 languages and established Garcia Marquez as one of the preeminent authors of his generation.
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A book that made me think, feel and wonder.....this should be required reading in schools.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, awed me. Marquez's narrative style is luscious and patterned after a nearly lost oral tradition of storytelling. He uses magic-realism, describing places that could never exist and things that could never really happen. But, if you suspend your disbelief and hang on tight, its so real. Sigh. I'm in love with language and novels all over again.
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I just could not get interested in this book.
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An excellent read!
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Very captivating story, but I got confused by all the Aureliano's, Jose's and Arcadio's.
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difficult read
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I could not get into this book. I don't understand the hype behind. I found it tedious and boring.
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not really the kind of reading for me. I tried it but couldn't struggle thru it.
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So beautifully written.
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This is an amazing sad yet humanistic story which unravels itself to the reader slowly, over the corse of the lives of it's unusual characters. A slow but sweet read.
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This book stretched my brain and left me wondering if I really got it at all.
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I have read this book many times, both in Spanish and English. Being a native Spanish speaker, I was a bit apprehensive about reading the English version of the book.
This translation is probably the best I've read. The translator was able to capture the essence of Garcia Marquez.

In my opinion, this is the best of Garcia Marquez' books. and my favorite.
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This book was recommended to me, and I must say I was leary of it from the recommendation. Found it in a thrift store and thought, I'll try it on a rainy day. SURPRISE! This is a creatively written story that will keep your mind charged and challenged. Marquez captures the heart of his story in his colorful characters and some surrealism thrown about here and there. Wonderful.
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A classic. Also won the Nobel Prize
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This is a beautiful story about a family and a town, from their beginnings to their ends.
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An amazing book. It's completely different every time I read it. There are a lot of characters with the same name from different generations. This can make it a bit difficult at times.
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One review states that this is the first piece of literature that should be read after Genesis because it details where Genesis left off and carries the reader through to the air age. I found it hard to get into.
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It's hard to describe this book because it's like no other I've ever read. Once one slogs through however much one must slog through before one gets the rhythm of the book, it's extraordinarily beautiful. The characters are not immediately fleshed-out, they're hard to keep straight, few are sympathetic, the heroes are not who we think they are, we whip through the generations so fast that it's hard to even care about them. But the book reads like a very, very long bedtime story, perhaps told to answer a child's question, "Daddy, where did our family come from?" and told just unbelievably beautifully. One comes away with the conviction that one has just read something that not only was deeply enjoyable to oneself but that really does deserve to be called a "great book."
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Originally published in the 1960′s in the Spanish language with the title Cien Anos del Soledad, Marquez recounts the rise and fall of the mythic town of Macondo, and with it, the line of Buendia family. The story follows Jose Arcadio Buendia, the patriarch of the Buendia clan and his wife into the swamps to build a town and a family, and their struggle to keep the town going while avoiding the tendency of their familys children to be born with pigs tails. Periodic visits by bands of gypsys early in the story incite creativity and madness in the towns forefather. The madness continues to consume the family one by one, and we follow all the different tastes of solitude that plague the Buendias, down to the last Aureliano, who becomes the first -and last- to decipher the parchments of the immortal gypsy Melquiades.

Early on in the story, it becomes clear that the fabric of the story is of the whimsical sort. However, Marquez tells the wild tale in a completely natural voice, as though the book merely told the story of why the sky is blue. Initially this style of writing threw me for a bit of a loop, but once I got used to it, I came to see that the writing style absolutely makes this story.

The unfortunate point of the book is the familys penchant for recycling names. At first I wondered why Jose Arcadio Buendia was always called by his full name, but as the story wore on I discovered that it was to keep the reader from going insane trying to track all the Jose Arcadios and Aurelianos (of which there end up being roughly 20)! Even with the trick of using different combinations of first, middle and last names and nicknames, I still found myself wondering which who was what at times. All this aside, I found the book a very interesting and amusing read. Ive seen this book listed as one of the 1001 books to read before you die and Id have to say I agree with that judgement.
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A classic and one to re-re-re-read.
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Haunting classic that will stick with you long after you read it. The writer has a certain style so you will either love it or hate it.
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I seem to be one of the lonely 3% of people who don't like this book. Don't listen to me, everyone else loves it...
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The story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. On New York best seller list 2 years ago.
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Marquez's writing style is very unique and it took me a while to get used to it. Beautiful imagery, I definitely reccommend!
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What a phenomenal book of tightly interwoven stories, Marquez is a genius!!
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Interesting story - weaves through the history of one family.
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I know that it was part of the point of the book, but I thought it got a little repetitious. I would have been just fine with only 50 years of solitude. I'd like to read this book in Spanish...if only I knew Spanish.
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The best book I've ever read. A book about humanity and all the beauty and passion of life itself. Alchemy. Love, sex and incest. Butterflies. Death. Courtship. Illness. Lucidity in the mist of what would seem like madness.
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What a richly detailed story of family life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the dysfunctional and fantastical family.
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This is not a quick read, but it is worth it!! I made the mistake of putting this book down for a few weeks, and I felt completely lost when I tried to get back into it! This book definitely puts you in another world. It's completely different from anything I have ever read - mystifying, haunting and full of beautiful images and metaphors. Really a one of a kind piece of literature.
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One of the most amazing books I've ever read. No one to whom I've recommended this book has ever, ever been disappointed - in fact, they've gone on to recommend it to *their* friends. It's no wonder it's a classic. It's the story of a family . . . and I won't spoil it by telling you anything more than that.
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I had to read 100 Years of Solitude for my 12th grade AP English class, and it was surprisingly better than I expected. I loved the way that all of the different plots intertwined into the story of the Buendia family. It's not a fast read, but it's well worth it.
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I could not even get through the first few pages. I then read the synopsis on the back. Realizing that I was reading a story that began at the end of Genesis was too much. that part of the Bible is hard enough to get through, I don't need a continuation.
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It felt like 100 years passed while reading this book. I was never really pulled in to the story and the characters' names were so similar that I started to get confused. If I wasn't reading it for a class I would've given up 30 pages in. Read at the risk of your own boredom.
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This is an interesting story that I feel could have been told with about half the meandering. It just took forever to get anywhere, and there was a lot of useless information along the way. I expected more from a Pulitzer Prize winning book.
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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
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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.
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Listed as one of Oprah's book club selections. Excellent read, the characters really come to life!
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didn't read it, others loved it
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Everyone I know who has read this glows and glows about it, but I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea... It took me weeks to get through it, and I usually finish a book in 2-3 days tops.
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Loved this book - excellent writer, engaging characters and story line.
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deep, inspiring
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I've read this book at least 4 times. I usually do not care AT ALL for Oprah's picks, which is why I was very surprised when she chose this book.
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AnG Oprah's Book Club Selection from author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Wonderful selection by Opera
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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" tells the rich and lusty story of the rise and fall fo the Buendia family. Love and death, war and peace, youth and age-the noble and stunningly beautiful story of this family is alive with a truth and understanding that strike the soul."
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Oprah Book Club Pick. A story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of the buendia family.
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Nobel Prize Winning novel about the rise and fall, birth and death of a fictituous family. Complicated and compelling.
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Slow to start but couldn't put it down by the end.
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hard to get into at first, then once you get into the people, it was ok...
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It's Gabriel Garcia Marquez, enough said!
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I ust couldn't get into it.I read like 200 pages and then gave up,Maybe if I would have hung in there It would have gotten more interesting
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Different edition...so it has a different cover. As for the book, I loved it...so much so that I have now read everything else he has written. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century...he is. This is a masterpiece.
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While the book was interesting to read, it was very confusing due to a lot of the characters having similar names and too many being talked about at the same time. I wish that I had read this as part of a class, I think that I would've gotten a lot more out of it! I guess reading along with Cliffnotes or something would be helpful just to keep everything straight.
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This is probably my favorite book that I have read. I love it. Read it.
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Hard for me to get through. Interesting.
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A bit mysterious, magical, part-legend and part-historical fiction. Blurs the line between imagination and real life.
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Dreadful. I forced myself to keep reading, thinking any minute the author's "genius" would emerge. It never did. I finally quit with 100 pages to go, and am thankful I didn't waste another two hours of my life trying to finish it. Snore.
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I honestly had a very difficult time getting into this book. If Oprah says it is a must read, then you must give it a try!
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A little bit over-rated.
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This book is on everyone's list of top novels, ever.
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If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be "beautiful". The writing, the story, the theme, are all beautiful. I laughed and I cried. It was everything you could want in a book. I didn't give it more stars though because even though this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, it was confusing and hard to follow at times. It has several characters with the same names, which is an important part of the book so could not be changed and have the same effect, but makes it quite confusing for the reader. Thank God for the family tree at the front of the book!
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This is one of my favorite books of all time!
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Truly, one of the best books I have ever read. Each page more engrossing than the next.
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I had very high hopes for this book but abolutely could not get into it. Only made it through a few strange chapters before giving up.
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I gave this bool the "50 page challenge" and found it too strange to continue. Maybe I'm missing out but there are too many books on my TBR list.
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Book Description
One Hundred Years of Solitude is perhaps the most important landmark of the so-called 'Boom' in contemporary Latin American fiction. Published in 1967, the novel was an instant success, running to hundreds of editions, winning four international prizes, and being translated into 27 languages. In 1982, its author received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Michael Wood places the novel in the context of modern Colombia's violent history, and helps the reader to explore the rich and complex vision of the world which Garcia Marquez presents in it.

My Review
This book tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Marquez was one of the finest writers of our time and he was a master of weaving characters and plot in order to show the realistic side of life. The hard part of reading this book is keeping track of the people in the different 100-year plots with all the same last names as it is a story of the same family. 100 Years of Solitude is a must-read for anyone interested in magical realism and the beauty of South American literature.
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Nobel prize winner. Finest work of the author
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This particular isbn book is an English translation by Gregory Rabassa.

"You emerge from this marvelous novel as if from a dream, the mind on fire. . . With a single bound, Gabriel Garcia Marquez leaps onto the stage with Gunter Grass and Vladimir Nabakov. Dazzling."- John Leonard, The New York Times
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I also tried a couple of times, but found that I just could not get into it.
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Translated from the spanish by Gregory Rabassa. Originally published in 1967.
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A classic i love this book
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Well deserving of the 1982 Nobel Prize, a very good read, a classic.
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Loved this
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I found this book tough going, and was not as enthusiastic as Oprah Was. The following, however, is a review from Amazon.com

Amazon.com
"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.
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This book was a selection from Oprah's book club. The author was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
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***** Pulitzer Prize Novel
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I was so looking forward to this book ,After all whats not to love character,mythology of a mythical place with a mythical history an Oprah book. Well I gave this book 90 pages to develop into something other than what appears to be an attempt at a story under the influence of some very heavy psychotropics (LSD)comes to mind.Maybe its me but when I read for pleasure I want a story not a fable(Heck I will take a good fable over this delusion) Hey I will even love the book if it happens to make me think ,cry or say something of the human condition. Unless you like lyrical s about a girl eating dirt ,gypsies making one man so weak that he ignores his children (Yes I did enjoy the first 15 or so pages)I guess my major complaint besides the convoluted writing -I felt blind sided by the description what I expected and what it truly is are different things. So be warned this is not an enchanting history of a make believe village-or maybe it is hidden behind a curtain of drug induced writing.