- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; 1REV edition (Feb. 21 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060883287
- ISBN-13: 978-0060883287
- ASIN: 0060883286
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.9 x 20.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 339 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Hundred Years of Solitude Paperback – Feb 21 2006
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“More lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry than is expected from 100 years of novelists, let alone one man.” (Washington Post Book World)
“The first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.” (William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review)
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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 Buendía 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.See all Product description
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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.