I almost feel it is a mistake to say anything about this book now, while I am still processing it. Still, I may forget to later:
One Hundred Years of SI almost feel it is a mistake to say anything about this book now, while I am still processing it. Still, I may forget to later:
One Hundred Years of Solitude is the modern, Latin American, magical realist, version of the cross generational family and community epic epitomized by Tolstoy's War and Peace. In place of Tolstoy's somewhat exalted humanist style, Marquez tells the supernatural as it it were mundane, detailing into the crass details of life, and yet maintaining a sense of doom and destiny in the prose that seems so cold at first. It is as if Tolstoy were blended with the Bible and a bit of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., but at the same time it is a supremely Latin American book, even out of it's original Spanish....more
After a second volume that was too easy and less than inspiring, I started the final part of the Darkangel trilogy with trepidation. Would it validateAfter a second volume that was too easy and less than inspiring, I started the final part of the Darkangel trilogy with trepidation. Would it validate the things that seemed pointless or tacky in the second book?
At first it seemed the answer was yes, the start of the book is as chilling and dreamy as the first volume. The second half, however, was a mixed bag. The identifiable problems of communication and rivalry over a man seemed to earthly for the fairy tale aspect of the series. The sci-fi continued to be well integrated however, and the story actually reminded me more of the Narnia stories in some ways than the new fairytale of the first or the hackneyed classical allusions of the second. I think it was the bittersweet nature, and of course the White Witch, who is disturbing the seasons (she is of course causing a drought instead of eternal winter, but it is much the same and her castle is made of ice). The similarity is graceful though, and I greatly enjoyed the suspense of whether the Witch would be turned or destroyed. Her interactions with Aeriel are well written and compelling.
My main problem with the novel, ultimately, was that it didn't know where to end. It didn't seem like the final book in the series, for in the end Aeriel embarks on another quest, just as open as the lack of resolution in the prior two novels. I feel that might have worked if implied briefly, but the 20-50 pages devoted to it are irritating and ruin the catharsis of the obstacles being overcome. It makes one think that the author intended another trilogy, and if she did one wishes that she would have left this one alone and introduced the next quest separately in the books it belonged to....more
Overall I liked this book. It had a definite plot structure, focused on the original trio but also showed other characters being awesome, and in the eOverall I liked this book. It had a definite plot structure, focused on the original trio but also showed other characters being awesome, and in the end all was well. However, some of it seemed too metatextual. There was a lot of innuendo for example and the text seemed sometimes to be going in two different directions, one stated and one implied. Also that epilogue is terrible and nothing anyone says will convince me otherwise. Still, aside from some tacky moments, I feel it by in large met my expectations for wrapping up the series....more