Le since I had read but my response was that after turning the last page I was struck dumb had to walk the earth metaphorically for a few days to gather my thoughts on what I had read really than that what I had experienced I read alot of books and a book that smacks me like that deserves some reflectionAnother indicator to me and this is also subjective is that I have thought about this book freuently since I read a book and enjoy it was entertained and escaped for a while into the writer s world and then I finish and write a review slap a 3 star on it and go to the next book There are some books years later that I have to refresh my memory who wrote that what was it about Not so with 100 years Like so many other five star ratings this one has stayed with me and I think about Macondo sometimes and can see the weeds and vines growing up through the hardwood floors This is a special book So I now that I m supposed to like this book because it is a classic and by the same author who wrote Love in the Time of Cholera Unfortunately I just think it is unbelievably boring with a jagged plot that seems interminable Sure the language is interesting and the first line is the stuff of University English courses Sometimes I think books get tagged with the classic label because some academics read them and didn t understand and so they hailed these books as genius These same academics then make a sport of looking down their noses at readers who don t like these books for the very same reasons If this all sounds too specific yes I had this conversation with a professor of mineI Dead Giveaway know that other people love this book and power to them I ve tried to read it all the way through three different times and never made it past 250 pages before I get so boredeeping up with all the births deaths magical events and mythical legends I ll put it this way I don t like this book for the same reason that I never took up smoking If I have to force myself to like it what s the point When I start coughing and hacking on the first cigarette that is my body telling me this isn t good for me and I should uit right there When I start nodding off on the second page of One Hundred Years of Solitude that is my mind trying to tell me I should find a better way to pass my time One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Maruez is a tremendous piece of literature It s not an easy read You re not going to turn its pages like you would the latest John Grisham novel or The DaVinci Code You have to read each page soaking up every word immersing yourself in the imagery Mr Maruez says that he tells the story as his grandmother used to tell stories to him with a brick face That s useful to remember while reading because that is certainly the tone the book takes If you can get through the first 50 pages you will enjoy it But those 50 are a doozy It s hard to Andrew Lost In the Kitchen keep track of the characters at times mainly because they are all named Jose Arcadio or Aureliano but a family tree at the beginning of my edition was helpful The book follows the Buendia family from the founding of fictional Macondo to a fitting and fulfilling conclusion The family goes through wars marriages many births and deaths as well as several technological advances and invasions by gypsies and banana companies trust me the banana company is important You begin to realize as matriarch Ursula does that as time passes time does not really pass for this family but turns in a circle And as the circle closes on Macondo and the Buendias you realize that Mr Maruez has taken you on a remarkable journey in his literature Recommended but be prepared for a hard read More like A Hundred Years of Torture I read this partly in a misguided attempt to expand my literary horizons and partly because my uncle was a big fan of Gabriel Garcia Maruez Then again he also used to re read Ulysses for fun which just goes to show that you should never take book advice from someone whose I is than 30 points higher than your ownI have patience for a lot of excesses like verbiage and chocolate but not for 5000 pages featuring three generations of people with the same names I finally tore out the family tree at the beginning of the book and used it as a bookmark To be fair the book isn t actually 5000 pages but also to be fair the endlessly interwoven stories of bizarre exploits and fantastical phenomena make it seem like it is The whole time I read it I thought This must be what it s like to be stoned Well actually most of the time I was just trying toeep the characters straight The
rest of the of the time I was wondering if I was the victim of paint fumes However I think I was simply the victim of Maruez s brand of magical realism which I can take in short stories but find a bit much to swallow in a long novel Again to be fair this novel is lauded and loved by many and I can sort of see why A shimmering panoramic of a village s history would appeal to those who enjoy tragicomedy laced heavily with fantasy It s just way too heavily laced for me I guarantee that 95% of you will hate this book and at least 70% of you will hate it enough to not finish it but I loved it Guess I was just in the mood for it Here s how it breaks downAMAZING THINGS I can literally feel new wrinkles spreading across the surface of my brain when I read this guy He s so wicked smart that there s no chance he s completely sane His adjectives and descriptions are 100% PERFECT and yet entirely nonsensical After reading three chapters it starts making sense and that s when you realize you re probably crazy too And you are We all areThe magical realism style of the book is DELICIOUS Sure it s an epic tragedy following a long line of familial insanity but that doesn t stop the people from eating dirt coming back from the dead spreading a plague of contagious insomnia or enjoying a nice thunderstorm of yellow flowers It s all presented in such a natural light that you think Of course Of course he grows auatic plants in his false teeth Now why wouldn t heThis guy is the epitome of uniue Give me a single sentence ANY SENTENCE the man has ever written and I will recognize it Nobody writes like him Also his sentences average about 1438 words each so pretty much it s either him or FaulknerREASONS WHY MOST OF YOU WILL HATE THIS BOOK I have to engage every ounce of my mental ability just to understand what the is going on Most people who read for relaxation and entertainment will want to send Maruez hate mail Also there are approximately 20 main characters and about 4 names that they all share I realize that s probably realistic in Hispanic cultures of the era but SERIOUSLY by the time you get to the sixth character named Aureliano you ll have to draw yourself a diagram Not even the classic Russians suffer from as much name confusion as this guyOn an uber disturbing note Maruez has once again as he did in Love in the Time of Cholera written a grown man having sex with a girl as young as 9 which is pretty much 1 on my list of Things That Make You Go EWW He makes Lolita look like Polyanna on the virtue chart Note to authors You give ONE of your characters a uniue but disgusting characteristic and it s good writing Give it to than one and we start thinking we re reading your psychological profile ya creepIf you feel like pushing your brain to its max read it The man did win the Nobel after all it s amazing But get ready to work harder to understand something than you ever have before in your life And may God be with youFAVORITE UOTES coincidentally also the shortest ones in the bookShe had the rare virtue of never existing completely except at the opportune momentHe soon acuired the forlorn look that one sees in vegetariansChildren inherit their parents madnessHe really had been through death but he had returned because he could not bear the solitudeThe air was so damp that fish could have come in through the doors and swum out the windowsHe was unable to bear in his soul the crushing weight of so much pastIt s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this momentA person doesn t die when he should but when he ca. Stablecimiento del pueblo de Macondo desde el capítulo 4 hasta el 16 se trata el desarrollo económico político y social del pueblo y los últimos cuatro capítulos narran su decadenci.
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Gabriel García Márquez ´ 0 Free readRMaruez was one of the first writers to use magical realism a style of fantasy wherein the fantastic and the unbelievable are treated as everyday occurrences While I m sure it contributed to the modern genre of urban fantasy which also mixes the fantastic with the real magical realism doesn t really go out of its way to point out the weirdness and the bizarrity These things just happen A girl floats off into the sky a man lives far longer than he should and these things are mentioned in passing as though they were perfectly normalIn this case Colonel Aureliano Buendia has seventeen illegitimate sons all named Aureliano by seventeen different women and they all come to his house on the same day Remedios the Beauty is a girl so beautiful that men just waste away in front of her but she doesn t even notice The twins Aureliano Segundo and Jose Arcadio Segundo may have in fact switched identities when they were children but no one Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism knows for sure not even them In the small town of Macondo weird things happen all the time and nobody really notices Or if they do notice that for example the town s patriarch has been living for the last twenty years tied to a chestnut tree nobody thinks anything is at all unusual about itThis of course is a great example of Dream Logic the weird seems normal to a dreamer and you have no reason to uestion anything that s happening around you Or if you do notice that something is wrong but no one else seems to be worried about it then you try to pretend like coming to work dressed only in a pair of spangly stripper briefs and a cowboy hat is perfectly normalAnother element of dreaminess that pervades this book is that there s really no story here at least not in the way that we have come to expect Reading this book isind of like a really weird game of The Sims it s about a family that Nope keeps getting bigger and bigger and something happens to everybody So the narrator moves around from one character to another giving them their moment for a little while and then it moves on to someone else very smoothly and without much fanfare There s very little dialogue so the story can shift very easily and it often doesEach character has their story to tell but you re not allowed to linger for very long on any one of them before Garcia shows you what s happening to someone else The result is one long continuous narrative about this large and ultimately doomed family wherein the Buendia family itself is the main character and the actual family members are secondary to thatIt was certainly an interesting reading experience but it took a while to get through I actuallyept falling asleep as I read it which is unusual for me But perhaps that s what Garcia would have wanted to happen By reading his book I slipped off into that non world of dreams and illusions where the fantastic is commonplace and ice is something your father takes you to discover Arcadio imposed obligatory military service for men over eighteen declared to be public property any animals walking the streets after six in the evening and made men who were overage wear red armbands He seuestered Father Nicanor in the parish house under pain of execution and prohibited him from saying mass or ringing the bells unless it was for a Liberal victory In order that no one would doubt the severity of his aims he ordered a firing suad organized in the suare and had it shoot a scarecrow At first no one took him seriously One Hundred Years of Solitude is an absolute ground breaking book it is intelligent creative and full of powerful anecdotal wisdom It deservedly won the noble prize for literature But how enjoyable is it How readable is itGabriel Garc a M ruez plays around with reality itself he plays around with the limitations of fiction he uses elements of magic of the fantastic to give voice to things that could never be said uite as effectively in normal terms he breaks through realism and establishes his own original style He did nothing short of launching a new mode of literary address magical realism He wasn t the first writer to do such a thing though his writing was first to attract criticism which in effect allowed for it to
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and recognised For strongest element of the book resides in its inherent pessimism with its unfortunaterecognised For strongest element of the book resides in its inherent pessimism with its unfortunate that history can and will repeat itself All good intentions go awry indeed One Hundred Years of Solitude challenges the progress or lack thereof of society It creates a self contained history in its isolated framework which arguably reflects the nature of mankind or at least it echoes Columbian history with its liberal history in the face of imperialism No matter how much we want to change the world or how much we believe in a revolution or a new political ideal these good intentions often become warped when faced with the horrors of war and bloodshed Nothing really changes There s no denying the success of M ruez s epic there s no denying its ingenuity I really enjoyed parts of the novel but it was awfully difficult to read uncomfortably so The prose is extremely loose and free flowing to the point where it feels like thought it s like a torrent of verbal diarrhoea that feels like it will never end Characters die eerily similar characters take their place within the story and the narrative continues until the well has completely run dry of any actual life It is pushed so terribly far one hundred years to be precise And that s my biggest problem I m a sentimentalist I like to feel when I read I like to be moved either to anger or excitement I want to invest in the characters I want to care about their lives and I want to be provoked by their actions M ruez s approach meant that this was impossible to do so It s a huge story told in just a few hundred pages It s sweeps across the lives of the characters some exceedingly important characters in the story are introduced and die a very short time after to establish the sheer futility of human existence and effort M ruez tried to demonstrate M ruez writes against European tradition and the legacy of colonialism he creates something totally new which is becoming increasingly hard to do Although I do appreciate this novel I did not enjoy reading it as much as I could have doneFacebook Twitter Insta Academia Mystical and captivatingOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garc a M ruez first published in 1967 in his native Colombia and then first published in English in 1970 is a uniue literary experience overwhelming in its virtuosity and magnificent in scopeI recall my review of Tolstoy s War and Peace trying to describe a book like it and realizing there are no other books like it it is practically a genre unto itself That said One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece of narrative ability and is itself uniue as a statement but reminiscent of many other great books Pasternak s Doctor Zhivago Lowry s Under the Volcano Buck s The Good Earth and Joyce s Ulysses were the works that I thought of while reading but no doubt this is a one of a indUsing all of the literary devices I have ever learned and making up many as he went along Garc a M ruez established a new epoch of descriptive resonance Magic realism and hyperbole abound in his fantastic history of the mythical town of Macondo separated by mountains and a swamp road from everything else and of the Buend a family whose lifeblood was the dramatic heart of the village from inception until the fateful endGarc a M ruez employs incestuous and repetitive family situations to emphasize his chronicle and a dynamic characterization that is labyrinthine in its complexity Dark humor walks the ancient halls of the ancestral mansion home along with the ghosts of those who have come before Incredibly Garc a M ruez ties it all together into a complete and prophetically sound ending that breathes like poetry to the finishFinally I must concede that this review is wholly inadeuate This is a book that must be read 2018 I had a conversation about this book recently and I was asked what was the big dealwhy was this so special It had been a whi. Sí como los nombres de los personajes se repiten una y otra vez fusionando la fantasía con la realidad En los tres primeros capítulos se narra el éxodo de un grupo de familias y el Magical realism has been one of my favorite genres of reading ever since I discovered Isabel Allende and the Latina amiga writers when I was in high school Taking events from ordinary life and inserting elements of fantasy Hispanic written magical realism books are something extraordinary Many people compare Allende to Gabriel Garcia Maruez who is considered the founder of magical realism Until now however I had not read any of Maruez full length novels so I had nothing to compare On this 50th anniversary of its first printing One Hundred Years of Solitude is the revisit the shelf selection for the group catching up on classics for January 2017 An epic following the Buendia family for 100 years Solitude is truly a great novel of the Americas that put magical realism on the map Gabriel Garcia Maruez was born in Aracataca Columbia in 1927 Influenced by his grandmother s vivid story telling Maruez decided at an early age that he wanted to be a writer Upon completion of la Universidad de Cartagena Maruez began his career as a reporter and soon began to write short stories His earliest stories were published as early as the 1950s yet in 1964 while living in Mexico City with his young family he completed Solitude in a mere eighteen months Finally published for the first time in 1967 Solitude sold millions of copies establishing Maruez as a world renown writer leading to his receiving the Nobel Prize in 1982 Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula Iguaran lived in an isolated Colombian village where branches of the same family intermarried for centuries resulting in children born with pigs tails or looking like lizards Determined to end this cycle of incest Buendia and a group of pioneers crossed the mountains and founded the village of Macondo In the mid 1800s Macondo was a fledging community with Buendia an alchemist its most respected member Jose Arcadio and Ursula went on to have three children Aureliano Jose Arcadio and Amaranta These names and the personality traits that distinguished the original bearers of these names repeated themselves over the course of a century Throughout the novel and the century of change to Macondo all the Jose Arcadios were solitary individuals and inventors Determined to decipher the gypsies secret to the universe they holed themselves up in an alchemist s lab rarely seen by the outside world The Aurelianos on the other hand were leaders of revolution Colonel Aureliano Buendia started thirty two civil wars yet lost all of them A relic who fathered seventeen sons of the same name and grew to become Macondo s most respected citizen his spirit of adventure and discovery repeated itself in the descendants who bore his name Women held the family together First Ursula who lived to be 122 years old and then her daughter Amaranta the women expanded the family home and raised successive generations so that new Jose Arcadios and Aurelianos would not repeat the mistakes of their namesakes Yet the same mistakes and characteristics occur rejected love spirit of adventure lone soles willing to live for one hundred years in solitary confinement Additionally the two characters who predicted all the events of the novel were not even members of the Buendia family Pilar Ternera a card reader who specialized in fates and could look at a Buendia to now his future and Meluiades a gypsy who befriended the original Jose Arcadio leading all the successive generations to a life of solitude At first Maruez euates solitude with death Later on he includes individuals happy to live out their days alone In order to make a point of his examples of solitude he interjects countless examples of magical realism a man bleeding to death down a street yellow butterflies announcing a man s presence a rain of epic proportions that would not end With these and other countless examples throughout the text Maruez created a magical realism genre that is still widely in use by Latino writers and others around the world today While used to the magical realism genre Maruez usage and prose were a treat for me to read His writing is so captivating I read the entire novel over the course of a day because I desired to now how the Buendias cyclical existence would either repeat itself or change once and for all Between the prose and magical realism and a memorable story for the ages One Hundred Years of Solitude is an epic genre changing extraordinary novel Authors of the last fifty years can credit Maruez influence in
Their Own Work I Feel Privileged To Have Finally Readown work I feel privileged to have finally read saga deserving of its numerous awards and top ratings that eventually lead Maruez to earn a Nobel Prize One Hundred Years of Solitude a novel for the ages meriting 5 wonderful stars i remember the day i stopped watching cartoons an episode of thundercats in which a few of the cats were trapped in some ind of superbubble thing and it hit me that being cartoons the characters could just be erased and re drawn outside the bubble or could just fly away or tunnel their way out or teleport or do whatever really they wanted afterall they were line and color in a world of line and color now this applies to any work of fiction i mean Cervantes could ve just written Don uixote out of any perilous situation but it just felt different with a lowest common denominator cartoon it felt that adherence to reality reality as defined within the world of the cartoon wasn t a top priority this ended my cartoon watching days and i ve pored over it in the years that followed was it a severe lack or an overabundence of imagination that made it so that while all my friends were digging saturday morning cartoons i alternated between tormenting my parents and attempting to use logic to disprove the fact that everyone i Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz knew and everyone i ever wouldnow was gonna diei had a similar experience with One Hundred Years of Solitude the first chapter is just brilliant gypsies bring items to Macondo a village hidden away from mass civilization by miles of swamp and mountains these everyday items magnets ice etc are interpreted as magic by people who have never seen them and it forces the reader to reconfigure hisher perception of much of what she formerly found ordinary amazing and then the gypsies bring a magic carpet a real one one that works and there is no distinction bt magnets and the magic carpet this i guess is magical realism and i had a Thundercats moment lemme explainthe magic carpet immediately render What is your favourite book mum How many times have my children asked me that growing up with a mother who spends most of her time reading to them alone for work for pleasure or looking for new books in bookstores wherever we happen to beI can t answer that there are so many books I love and in different waysJust name one that comes to mindAnd I said without really Buck: A Memoir knowing why and without thinkingOne Hundred Years Of SolitudeWhyBecauseThis novel taught me that chaos and order are two sides of the same medal called family Revised 28 March 2012 Huh Oh Oh man WowI just had the weirdest dreamThere was this little town right And everybody had like the same two names And there was this guy who lived under a tree and a lady who ate dirt and some other guy who just made little gold fishes all the time And sometimes it rained and sometimes it didn t and and there were fire ants everywhere and some girl got carried off into the sky by her laundryWow That was messed upI need some coffeeThe was roughly how I felt after reading this book This is really the only time I ve ever read a book and thought Younow this book would be awesome if I were stoned And I don t even now if being stoned works "On Books That WayGabriel "books that wayGabriel Maruez which is
*such a fun name to say is one of those Writers You Should Read You now the *a fun name to say is one of those Writers You Should Read You Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series know the they re the ones that everyone claims to have read but no one really has The ones you put in your online dating profile so that people will think you re smarter than you really are You get someind of intellectual bonus points or something the ind of highbrow cachet that you just don t get from reading someone like Stephen King or Clive Barke. El libro se compone de 20 capítulos no titulados en los cuales se narra una historia con una estructura cíclica temporal ya ue los acontecimientos del pueblo y de la familia Buendía