100 years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

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I have discovered a writer who didn’t write a story with words, but wove a mysterious living thing from strands of his soul. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez is a book that hardly requires additional praise. It was awarded the Nobel Prize, has been translated in every major language, and is considered one of the first major works of magical realism. What can I add that hasn’t already been said? It’s a waste of time to write a review, and so I’ll try instead to write about the experience I had.

To give you a little background, the story is about the founding and collapse of an imaginary town named Macondo, whose existence is intertwined with the bloodline of the man that founded it. Immediately the storytelling quality mixed with real historical events reminded me of the way my grandparents told us stories. It starts off as a realistic account of something that happened a longtime ago which can be verified by relics and people who are very old now. Things were different back then. Incredible things were common occurrences in the past that were simply accepted into daily life. Restless ghosts wandered through the streets, people died and returned from death, and there were those who predicted the future in order to buy bread. In those days people suffered more, but they also loved harder in a way that was more painful. Those time are forever receding away from now.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a living remnant of that time. It is a lucid dream existing in the wakened world. What is the use in trying to make sense of a dream? That is how this book tells the history of the Buendía family and Macondo. It is played out like a wonderful nightmare that is infused with a religious quality and is nostalgic for love and life. Do not expect a traditionally written book. Some will hate it because it does not follow the rules. García is a literary anarchist who is only concerned with driving his story like a healing weapon at our soul. I feel more human having read this novel.

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4 thoughts on “100 years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

  1. machineslife says:

    Reblogged this on The Ends Don't Tie with Bunny Rabbits and commented:
    Blubber Island author, Ismael Galvan, shares his take on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude from the viewpoint of a Chicano.

  2. Laura says:

    I adore this book and its author. Marquez was my first introduction to magical realism and its now my favorite literary style. Its like the grown up version of fairy tales!! P.S. – thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Laura says:

      Oops! My mistake, someone who reblogged this review was actually the person who visited my blog. Still a great review though!

      • Thanks for checking my blog anyhow. 100 years is still fresh despite being a few titles back. It’s not an easy book to forget. I’ll check out your blog. You can also find me on goodreads.com.

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