This book has been in my TBR for a very long time. I’m from Colombia, the same country where Gabriel Garcia Marquez is from and the home of Macondo. Given that the author won a Nobel prize thanks to this book, my expectations were a bit high.
Was it as good as I expected? Yes! It is a complicated read, and I understand why so many people have not enjoyed this book but for me, this is an excellent piece of literature. The way Gabriel Garcia Marquez narrated the story with seamless time-jumps from the present to the future and the past and without you realising, you are back in the present but discovering the like of yet another character.
For those of you who do not know what this book is about, here is a very helicopter view of it:
One Hundred Years of Solitude is about the Buendia family. Throughout the pages, you get to immerse yourself in the lives of all the members of this family across six different generations. One of the things that makes this read a bit more complex than normal is the fact that the majority of male characters are called either Aureliano or Jose Arcadio so you are forced to pay extra attention to what you are reading. This book does not have a mystery to solve, it is just the story of a family in a sort of ‘magical world’ but not the ‘in your face’ magic, more like… fantasy events: rain that lasts many years, woman levitating and disappearing in the sky, a disease that makes everyone in town unable to sleep for a long time, and the longer they do not sleep, the faster they loss their memories. Interesting right?
This book was writing in the 60’s and I think it was very bold for the time. There is all sort of controversial topics in this book: Incest, Polygamy, Abandonment, War, Human Rights, Child Molestation and Mental Health.
I’m really happy I finally read it! I hope you enjoy it too!
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