One Hundred Years of Solitude

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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. . . . Mr. Garcia Marquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life." -William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review

One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude remains a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiá family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women-brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul-this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.


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. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty ...

About the Author:

Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1927 near Aracataca, Colombia. He is the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Living to Tell the Tale, among other works of fiction and non-fiction. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He lives in Mexico City.

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Jeff Layton
magical realism, literary fiction, alternate history

Amazing use of time and metaphor in the story. It has been a while, decades ago, that I read One Hundred Years of Solitude. I was in the military on a ship. I lay in my bunk and read all of García Márquez's books. I had plenty of time, so I took my time reading, resting, and reflecting on his use of metaphors, time, and allegory—hidden meanings, political influences, and myths that can become real. When I finished my four-year duty tour and went to college on the G.I bill. I began studying literature.

8/6/2023 5:38:08 PM
Loved It
originality and creativity, nobel prize winning lit

Some readers may be thrown off by the novel's heavy reliance on symbolism. It's not an easy read, but it's well worth the effort. Simply said, this book is poetry. It's a work of beauty and brilliance. As a writer, he has undeniably made his stamp on history.

10/28/2022 7:42:07 AM
Loved It
a seminal work

It took me over two months to read the book from start to end. When compared to other books I've read, this one stands out because of its out-of-the-ordinary characters and the constant occurrence of supernatural/magical happenings. It's essentially a story about a family. It was a pleasure to read this.

10/29/2022 3:33:44 PM
Liked It
a family drama

I found the plot to be intriguing, and the story captivated me, and I found it engaging and full of fantastic elements. Macondo, the fictional town, and the rise and fall of the Buendia family and all of its colorful inhabitants.

10/30/2022 8:20:41 AM
Loved It
magical realism style, a family drama

The Colombian author Gabriel Garca Márquez won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 for his work, One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's one of the most translated and read works in Spanish literature, and it's widely regarded as a masterpiece of Hispanic and world literature.

10/28/2022 6:25:19 AM
Did Not Like
dense prose

I have read this a few times- I can't figure out whether it's the story's format or the people themselves that I don't like. It's probably a combination of the two.

10/28/2022 7:45:56 PM
Loved It
latin american magic realism

Wow. Like, wow. This book was given to me as a gift. It is just stunning from the first to the last phrase. I know I'll get even more out of it on a second go through.

10/28/2022 2:00:08 AM
Liked It
the writing is lovely

Characters with similar names might make it difficult to keep straight who is who in the novel. A good read overall, but I can see why some people like it and others despise it. In my opinion, it is worthwhile to read.

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11/1/2022 4:36:39 PM
Liked It
a family drama

An insanely amazing novel with a jumble of plots that will keep you guessing more than it will thrill you and linger in your mind long after you've put the last page down.

10/30/2022 7:16:15 AM
Loved It
magicl realism

A literary masterpiece, replete with beautiful poetry and music. A detour of awe and interest that is touching, funny, and poetic all at once. Must-read.

10/29/2022 2:51:46 AM

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