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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
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really liked it
bookshelves: translations, 2017, 4-star, stand-alone-read, 1960-69

Finally I am trying to write a review for this book after completing it a month ago and still don’t have many words to describe this book, I mean the words that can do justice to the beauty of this book.

Basically this is the story of start to end of Buendia family. Buendia family has a tradition to repeat name in the family even if they think it was a bad omen yet they follow the tradition and keep this ritual alive. And that’s why it is hard for me to recount what happens in the book in terms of story. Even if I end up mixing the names, I still remember the characters by way of their actions. And it is there, for me, lies the beauty of this tale. These characters were so same and yet so different from each other.

Marquez has blended old and new so nicely that it was hard for me to point out where one starts and the other ends. His characters embraced new things with open arms but also stayed true to their roots and kept old traditions alive till the very end. I simply can’t stop myself but marvel upon the ability of Marquez at how he kept so many threads alive at the same time. It is so difficult to do, not to mention with the same set of names. It never felt out of place. No matter how far you go, he would bring you back to the core, the Buendia family.

This book is like abstract art where you find it hard to get the meaning (don’t know about others but I am one of them) but once you get it, it just hard not to admire and cherish it.
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Reading Progress

April 27, 2017 – Shelved
April 27, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: translations
May 26, 2017 – Started Reading
May 26, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
May 26, 2017 –
6.0% "Promising start..."
June 7, 2017 –
16.0% "so many people and so many stories. but am not complaining, am loving it!"
June 13, 2017 –
June 20, 2017 –
June 28, 2017 –
50.0% " "It was easier to start a war than to end one." "
July 1, 2017 – Shelved as: 4-star
July 1, 2017 – Shelved as: stand-alone-read
July 2, 2017 – Finished Reading
August 7, 2018 – Shelved as: 1960-69

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Fuzaila Glad you liked it. It took me forever to get into the story but when I did, it was amazing 😀

Em Lost In Books Isn't it? A great blend of simplicity and love.

Fuzaila I wouldn't exactly say simplicity lol, but love for sure!

message 5: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Shores Nice review, Manju. I know what you mean about therein "lies the beauty of this tale". =)

Em Lost In Books Thank you, Bonnie! :)

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Supratim Great review, Manju!

Em Lost In Books Thanks Supratim. :D

message 9: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas Kotar I've been intrigued by him for a while, but just can't seem to pick up one of his books...

JV (semi-hiatus) Right on, Em! Marvellous review! 🤗🥰

Em Lost In Books JV wrote: "Right on, Em! Marvellous review! 🤗🥰"

Thanks, JV! :D

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