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Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude

(Landmarks of World Literature)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  4,555 ratings  ·  92 reviews
One Hundred Years of Solitude is perhaps the most important landmark of the so-called Boom in contemporary Latin American fiction. Published in 1967, the novel was an instant success, running to hundreds of editions, winning four international prizes and being translated into 27 languages. In 1982, its author received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Michael Wood places the ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published May 31st 1990 by Cambridge University Press
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Henok Kidane
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know what to say...I stumbled on this book in the sci-fi section of my library (what?), and grabbed it after flipping through a couple of pages. A week later, my head is still in a whirl. I was absolutely not expecting to be drawn into the uniquely small-town mythology of Macondo. Part fairy tale, part historical drama, filled with a romanticism that regularly bleeds into pure sensualism, it felt like at times I was drowning under the all-too-human passions of beings that couldn't f ...more
Philip Beukes
Oct 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Excellent opening paragraph, unfortunately that's where the magic ends or really begins...
Confusing with to many characters portrayed in a whirlwind of time and space. Fought hard to get through it.
Elaine Donadio
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book since this book is important in literature. It's beautifully written in a poetic, circular, symbolic language with a story that almost never seems to move ahead. Many characters have the same names, are interconnected in a myriad of ways, live in the same place with little interaction with the outside world, and repeat the same patterns of behavior. I must admit I was often confused as to which character was doing what with whom. Incest leading to marriage is frequent ...more
Shaghig Daghlian-Barsoumian
I couldn't stop reading it till i finished two days .... something in it made me in love. though i know many friends didn't like the idea of it ....
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I started One Hundred Years of Solitude last week, and became a little obsessed with the book and the author about five percent in. I've developed a One Hundred Years Plan: Finish the Spanish audio (which I'm about 50% done with), listen to the English audio version, read the actual book in Spanish, and read the translation. This may actually take me 100 years. My Spanish reading comprehension and vocabulary is at about at a 6th grade level, so I'm pretty sure I've only taken in about 50% of wha ...more
John Dizon
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an indie lit postmodernist author, I can say with authority that this fits the description of a postmodernist novel. Yet the global literary community has branded this as a new genre of magical realism, and even gave Gabriel Garcia Marquez a Nobel Prize in Literature for it. Oh well, if you've gotta live your lifetime in Colombia I guess you should have something to show for it.

At any rate, if you're into postmodern this is a worthy read. Jose Arcadio Buendia founds the village of Macondo aft
Ruta Juzulenaite
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The conditions of a solitary bird are five: First, that it flies to the highest point. Second, that it does not seek after company, not even its own kind. Third, that it aims its beak to the wind. Fourth, that it has no definite color. Fifth, that it sings very sweetly. (John of the Cross: Sayings of Light and Love)

Perfect narrative illutration to what St John of the Cross sang.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago and it still remains one of my favorites.
Marius Bancila
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I started reading the book expecting it to be fiction about the life of a Colombian family. It was rather a timeless and spaceless fantasy. With ghosts that hunt people, butterflies that raise people to the sky, rain that doesn't stop for four years followed by a ten-year drought, buried bodies that smell from their grave, people that live for 150 years, and countless other things. Every little detail is exacerbated. A festival of comic and tragedy, of complete idiocy, incest, and, of course, so ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, the first time I picked up this book, I immediately set it down after sixty pages in just because the names were so damn confusing. But everyone, everyone, told me how good of a book this was, so a few weeks later I picked up the book again and this time seriously dedicated myself to it, hoping it would pay off in the end. It did.

100 Years of Solitude tells the rise and fall of Macando through a lens of magical realism which is just fantastic to see. The characters, although ver
Diogo Antunes
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I will always remember it. I read it when i was 16 or 17 and it was the best experience. It made me dream, Gabriel open my eyes to another kind of beauty. I remember when i finished this book i felt so sad because inside me i knew that i would never read something so good. It's the best book i read, and probably it will continue. I cant imagine something better than this, after this book i read great books, but this will be my favourite. And i dont even know why and i cant explain why i liked it ...more
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, re-reading
It lures me in every time I pick it up off the shelf.
Judy Millspaugh
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought it because it won a Nobel Prize. I read it because it could not put it down.
Marty Lainz
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even though I'm from Argentina myslef, I've never read a book by an Latin author before. However, after a literature project in school I came upon this book and it was a-ma-zing. I was so enthralled by this book that it was physically impossible for me to put down. I've never read something like this before and I can't begin to explain how magnificent not only the plot is, but the characters and the retelling of this wonderful story. I have to addmit that is was rather hard to follow from time t ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nonsense is precious and should not be recklessly converted into meaning on all occasions."

I loved "One Hundred Years of Solitude" but felt that I would have trouble saying why. Wood's little book does a great job of considering the novel in the light of a number of different contexts (its literary techniques, Colombian history, magic realism, and in an especially good final chapter, 20th Century modernism) and does so in a way that always seems to open the text, rather than shoehorn it into s
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the way this book flowed across generations. The way the story is told and everyones personal affairs make for a captivating read. I think the ending is really well done and finishes it off well. It can be quite sensual and sexual at times but some themes of incest sat very weird with me. My biggest bug bear was character names. Why why why did the males in the family have to be named after each other (how many Aureliano’s?)? I needed a googled family tree to keep track after gene ...more
Clare Sudbery
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm enjoying it, but it's also a bit annoying. I don't really understand why it has quotes on the cover like Salman Rushdie - "the greatest novel in any language in the last fifty years." It's so all over the place, and it's really hard to keep up with all the characters, what they're into and who their children are... which is really not helped by them all having the same names!

I'm only just past halfway through and have nearly abandoned it a few times, but it's holding my attention enough for
Amritas Jha
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
It is a classic; then why only 3 stars?

This is just a personal opinion. The book is amazing. True genius of prose, Gabriel Garcia, weaved another magical surreal tale. However, the book does get a bit confusing with the usage of the same names. I know and understand, that could be one of the exact reasons why he did that, but then I am a very simple minded person sadly :)
Luis Olivier Mayorga
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, love it, eat it, give birth to it"
Lisa Woods
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This still might be one of my favourite books.
Eva Georgieva
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! One of my all time favorites! So interesting style of writing with amazing humour ! A must read!
John K.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is arguably the greatest novel written so far.
Graeme Wright
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Did magic exist before we quit believing in it?
Steve Phillipson
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Follows the history of the Buendia family in the town of Macondo. Brilliant.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unforgettable. Haunting. Realistic and impossible all at the same time.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Mix of realism and fantasy. Easy to read cause it is a weird and funny book at the same time you get a description of life in latin america, a bit of history.. Not my personal favourite.
Mansoor K
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Splendid and the most magical book ever I read.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hated this sexist mess. I was so predisposed to enjoy it. Very disappointing.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books ever written!
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Michael Wood born in Lincoln, England, is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. He is an alumnus of St John's College, Cambridge.

Prior to teaching to Princeton, he taught at Columbia U

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