- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 25 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060114185
- ISBN-13: 978-0060114183
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.4 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
- Average Customer Review: 359 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,122,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Hundred Years Solitude Hardcover – Jun 1 1970
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About the Author
Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez was born in 1928 in the town of Aracatca, Colombia. Latin America's preeminent man of letters, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He began his writing career as a journalist and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Gabriel MÃ¡rquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
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Solitude is a metaphor, for melancholy, seclusion, mental illness, and many more similar feelings. Everybody goes through some dose of solitude through life, and it's nice to be able to reflect through Marquez's characters. What is interesting for me though is that most of the characters would be committed into instructions or jailed in our modern societies. However, with all their idiosyncrasies, obsessive-compulsiveness, and plain madness, they all managed to go through their existences long before the advent of mind-numbing medications.
Life was sure simpler, and far more entertaining back in this era. I would recommend this book, to anybody who wants to expand their literary horizons, and their understanding of some dark corners of human nature.
I can only hope that Marquez is spending the last days of his life at peace with his solitude...
On another note, I especially visited Baracoa, the place that Macondo is claimed to be modelled on. Dont know if that claim is true, or whether it was my imagination, but it did feel a wee bit eerie being there.
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