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Reviews of One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)

Review by kadambi (2006-12-31)
I read this one mostly at airports and airplanes over the course of two weeks! but it is best suited to be read in a much calmer environment ;-)

Obviously, very good! To reinforce, people actually came up to me (at the airports!) and (re)testified it! So. it clearly justifies its rank in the literary space!

The only thing it lacks is humor! some might dispute that! Is this a satirical outlook? Makes me wonder. Certainly magical! Leaves you with a weird feeling.

Review by clong (2004-05-22)
Obviously, I'm in the minority on this one, but I just didn't find that much to get excited about. I'm glad I read it, but it was slow going, and it is far far from the top of my list of great novels of the 20th century.

The narrative style is distinctive, but few of the characters are sympathetic (the only ones I could really say I cared much about were the matriarch Ursula and the last of the Aurelianos). The opening and closing are both well done, but for me this only pulled it up to a 7/10.

Review by Sillywabbit (2003-04-17)
Brilliant and very dark book. 100 years in solitude tells the story of the Buendia family and the fictional town of Macondo which Jose Arcadio Buendia founds. The book stamps the characters into your very soul. The town of Macando seems so real that you will become convinced of it's existence. This novel will leave you breathless as it grabs you by the hand and drags you though a hundred years. It left me feeling that we are like the mayfly. We are born, we die, and the world doesn't even blink. Men and woman will be born and die, sometimes in the space of a short chapter. Myriad stories told, some of them mundane, some of them fantastical! I found only when I had read the last page did the book really seep into my heart and mind. Be warned, although this book is very magical and can be very beautiful, this book is also very dark and often depressing. I can say this, I have never read any other book like this. I can recommend this book... But don't read it if you are depressed :) This is a one of the best books I have read. Dark chocolate for the soul.

Review by pimephalis (2003-03-23)
Marquez's seminal work, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a magical and captivating journey. For those not familiar with magic realism as a genre, the book may be daunting at first blush. While the story may seem a little disjointed at first, it is important to remember that almost all of the subplots are in fact fables well known to Colombians; Marquez's retelling of these fables is inspired.




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