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Cien años de soledadSo I know that I m supposed to like this book because it is a classic and by the same author who wrote Love in the Time of Cholera Unfortunately I just think it is unbelievably boring with a jagged lot that seems interminable Sure the language is interesting and the first line is the stuff of University English courses Sometimes I think books get tagged with the classic label because some academics read them and didn t understand and so they hailed these books as genius These same academics then make a sport of looking down their noses at readers who don t like these books for the very same reasons If this all sounds too specific yes I had this conversation with a Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion professor of mineI know that othereople love this book and Code Name: Silence power to them I ve tried to read it all the way through three different times and never made itast 250 Und Schuf Mir Einen Götzen: Lehrjahre Eines Kommunisten pages before I get so bored keeping up with all the births deaths magical events and mythical legends I llut it this way I don t like this book for the same reason that I never took up smoking If I have to force myself to like it what s the oint When I start coughing and hacking on the first cigarette that is my body telling me this isn t good for me and I should uit right there When I start nodding off on the second age of One Hundred Years of Solitude that is my mind trying to tell me I should find a better way to Margery Meets the Roses pass my time Mystical and captivatingOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garc a M ruez firstublished in 1967 in his native Colombia and then first ublished in English in 1970 is a uniue literary experience overwhelming in its virtuosity and magnificent in scopeI recall my review of Tolstoy s War and Peace trying to describe a book like it and realizing there are no other books like it it is ractically a genre unto itself That said One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece of narrative ability and is itself uniue as a statement but reminiscent of many other great books Pasternak s Doctor Zhivago Lowry s Under the Volcano Buck s The Good Earth and Joyce s Ulysses were the works that I thought of while reading but no doubt this is a one of a kindUsing all of the literary devices I have ever learned and making up many as he went along Garc a M ruez established a new epoch of descriptive resonance Magic realism and hyperbole abound in his fantastic history of the mythical town of Macondo separated by mountains and a swamp road from everything else and of the Buend a family whose lifeblood was the dramatic heart of the village from inception until the fateful endGarc a M ruez employs incestuous and repetitive family situations to emphasize his chronicle and a dynamic characterization that is labyrinthine in its complexity Dark humor walks the ancient halls of the ancestral mansion home along with the ghosts of those who have come before Incredibly Garc a M ruez ties it all together into a complete and The Wapshot Scandal prophetically sound ending that breathes likeoetry to the finishFinally I must concede that this review is wholly inadeuate This is a book that must be read 2018 I had a conversation about this book recently and I was asked what was the big dealwhy was this so special It had been a while since I had read but my response was that after turning the last age I was struck dumb had to walk the earth metaphorically for a few days to gather my thoughts on what I had read really than that what I had experienced I read alot of books and a book that smacks me like that deserves some reflectionAnother indicator to me and this is also subjective is that I that smacks me like that deserves some reflectionAnother indicator to me and this is also subjective is that I thought about this book freuently since I read a book and enjoy it was entertained and escaped for a while into the writer s world and then I finish and write a review slap a 3 star on it and go to the next book There are some books years later that I have to refresh my memory who wrote that what was it about Not so with 100 years Like so many other five star ratings this one has stayed with me and I think about Macondo sometimes and can see the weeds and vines growing up through the hardwood floors This is a special book One Hundred Years of Solitude is an absolute ground breaking book it is intelligent creative and full of owerful anecdotal wisdom It deservedly won the noble rize for literature But how enjoyable is it How readable is itGabriel Garc a M ruez lays around with reality itself he lays around with the limitations of fiction he uses elements of magic of the fantastic to give voice to things that could never be said uite as effectively in normal terms he breaks through realism and establishes his own Original Style He Did style He did I guarantee that 95% of you will hate this book and at least 70% of you will hate it enough to not finish it but I loved it Guess I was just in the mood for it Here s how it breaks downAMAZING THINGS I can literally feel new wrinkles spreading across the surface of my brain when I read this guy He s so wicked smart that there s no chance he s completely sane His adjectives and descriptions are 100% PERFECT and yet entirely nonsensical After reading three chapters it starts making sense and that s when you realize you it starts making sense and that s when you realize you robably crazy too And you are We all areThe magical realism style of the book is DELICIOUS Sure it s an epic tragedy following a long line of familial insanity but that doesn t stop the eople from eating dirt coming back from the dead spreading a lague of contagious insomnia or enjoying a nice thunderstorm of yellow flowers It s all Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 presented in such a natural light that you think Of course Of course he grows auaticlants in his false teeth Now why wouldn t heThis guy is the epitome of uniue Give me a single sentence ANY SENTENCE the man has ever written and I will recognize it Nobody writes like him Also his sentences average about 1438 words each so retty much it s either him or FaulknerREASONS WHY MOST OF YOU WILL HATE THIS BOOK I have to engage every ounce of my mental ability just to understand what the is going on Most eople who read for relaxation and enterta. El libro se compone de 20 capítulos no titulados en los cuales se narra una historia con una estructura cíclica temporal ya ue los acontecimientos del ueblo y de la familia Buendía

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Inment will want to send Maruez hate mail Also there are approximately 20 main characters and about 4 names that they all share I realize that s robably realistic in Hispanic cultures of the era but SERIOUSLY by the time you get to the sixth character named Aureliano you ll have to draw yourself a diagram Not even the classic Russians suffer from as much name confusion as this guyOn an uber disturbing note Maruez has once again as he did in Love in the Time of Cholera written a grown man having sex with a girl as young as 9 which is retty much 1 on my list of Things That Make You Go EWW He makes Lolita look like Polyanna on the virtue chart Note to authors You give ONE of your characters a uniue but disgusting characteristic and it s good writing Give it to than one and we start thinking we re reading your The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! psychologicalrofile ya creepIf you feel like Witchcraft for Tomorrow pushing your brain to its max read it The man did win the Nobel after all it s amazing But get ready to work harder to understand something than you ever have before in your life And may God be with youFAVORITE UOTES coincidentally also the shortest ones in the bookShe had the rare virtue of never existing completely except at the opportune momentHe soon acuired the forlorn look that one sees in vegetariansChildren inherit theirarents madnessHe really had been through death but he had returned because he could not bear the solitudeThe air was so damp that fish could have come in through the doors and swum out the windowsHe was unable to bear in his soul the crushing weight of so much astIt s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this momentA erson doesn t die when he should but when he can More like A Hundred Years of Torture I read this The Wedding Redux partly in a misguided attempt to expand my literary horizons andartly because my uncle was a big fan of Gabriel Garcia Maruez Then again he also used to re read Ulysses for fun which just goes to show that you should never take book advice from someone whose I is than 30 Rolling Thunder points higher than your ownI haveatience for a lot of excesses like verbiage and chocolate but not for 5000 Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? pages featuring three generations ofeople with the same names I finally tore out the family tree at the beginning of the book and used it as a bookmark To be fair the book isn t actually 5000 ages but also to be fair the endlessly interwoven stories of bizarre exploits and fantastical henomena make it seem like it is The whole time I read it I thought This must be what it s like to be stoned Well actually most of the time I was just trying to keep the characters straight The rest of the time I was wondering if I was the victim of odorless Bootie and the Beast paint fumes However I think I was simply the victim of Maruez s brand of magical realism which I can take in short stories but find a bit much to swallow in a long novel Again to be fair this novel is lauded and loved by many and I can sort of see why A shimmeringanoramic of a village s history would appeal to those who enjoy tragicomedy laced heavily with fantasy It s just way too heavily laced for me One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Maruez is a tremendous iece of literature It s not an easy read You re not going to turn its ages like you would the latest John Grisham novel or The DaVinci Code You have to read each age soaking up every word immersing yourself in the imagery Mr Maruez says that he tells the story as his grandmother used to tell stories to him with a brick face That s useful to remember while reading because that is That s useful to remember while reading because that is the tone the book takes If you can get through the first 50 ages you will enjoy it But those 50 are a doozy It s hard to keep track of the characters at times mainly because they are all named Jose Arcadio or Aureliano but a family tree at the beginning of my edition was helpful The book follows the Buendia family from the founding of fictional Macondo to a fitting and fulfilling conclusion The family goes through wars marriages many births and deaths as well as several technological advances and invasions by gypsies and banana companies trust me the banana company is important You begin to realize as matriarch Ursula does that as time The Art of Mary Beth Edelson passes time does not reallyass for this family but turns in a circle And as the circle closes on Macondo and the Buendias you realize that Mr Maruez has taken you on a remarkable journey in his literature Recommended but be repared for a hard read Revised 28 March 2012 Huh Oh Oh man WowI just had the weirdest dreamThere was this little town right And everybody had like the same two names And there was this guy who lived under A TREE AND A LADY WHO ATE DIRT AND tree and a lady who ate dirt and other guy who just made little gold fishes all the time And sometimes it rained and sometimes it didn t and and there were fire ants everywhere and some girl got carried off into the sky by her laundryWow That was messed upI need some coffeeThe was roughly how I felt after reading this book This is really the only time I ve ever read a book and thought You know this book would be awesome if I were stoned And I don t even know if being stoned works on books that wayGabriel Garcia Maruez which is such a fun name to say is one of those Writers You Should Read You know the type they re the ones that everyone claims to have read but no one really has The ones you ut in your online dating Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain profile so thateople will think you re smarter than you really are You get some kind of intellectual bonus oints or something the kind of highbrow cachet that you just don t get from reading someone like Stephen King or Clive BarkerMaruez was one of the first writers to use magical realism a style of fantasy wherein the fantastic and the unbelievable are treated as everyday occurrences While I m sure it contributed to the modern genre of urban fantasy which also mixes the fantastic with the real magical realism doesn t really go out of its way to oint out the weirdness and the bizarrity These things just happen A girl floats off into the sky a man lives far longer than he should and. Sí como los nombres de los None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) personajes se repiten una y otra vez fusionando la fantasía con la realidad En los tresrimeros capítulos se narra el éxodo de un grupo de familias y el ,
These things are mentioned in Puta passing as though they wereerfectly normalIn this case Colonel Aureliano Buendia has seventeen illegitimate sons all named Aureliano by seventeen different women and they all come to his house on the same day Remedios the Beauty is a girl so beautiful that men just waste away in front of her but she doesn t even notice The twins Aureliano Segundo and Jose Arcadio Segundo may have in fact switched identities when they were children but no one knows for sure not even them In the small town of Macondo weird things happen all the time and nobody really notices Or if they do notice that for example the town s 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 patriarch has been living for the last twenty years tied to a chestnut tree nobody thinks anything is at all unusual about itThis of course is a great example of Dream Logic the weird seems normal to a dreamer and you have no reason to uestion anything that s happening around you Or if you do notice that something is wrong but no one else seems to be worried about it then you try toretend like coming to work dressed only in a Killer Games pair of spangly stripper briefs and a cowboy hat iserfectly normalAnother element of dreaminess that ervades this book is that there s really no story here at least not in the way that we have come to expect Reading this book is kind of like a really weird game of The Sims it s about a family that keeps getting bigger and bigger and something happens to everybody So the narrator moves around from one character to another giving them their moment for a little while and then it moves on to someone else very smoothly and without much fanfare There s very little dialogue so the story can shift very easily and it often doesEach character has their story to tell but you re not allowed to linger for very long on any one of them before Garcia shows you what s happening to someone else The result is one long continuous narrative about this large and ultimately doomed family wherein the Buendia family itself is the main character and the actual family members are secondary to thatIt was certainly an interesting reading experience but it took a while to get through I actually kept falling asleep as I read it which is unusual for me But erhaps that s what Garcia would have wanted to happen By reading his book I slipped off into that non world of dreams and illusions where the fantastic is commonplace and ice is something your father takes you to discover Arcadio imposed obligatory military service for men over eighteen declared to be ublic roperty any animals walking the streets after six in the evening and made men who were overage wear red armbands He seuestered Father Nicanor in the Cocksure parish house underain of execution and rohibited him from saying mass or ringing the bells unless it was for a Liberal victory In order that no one would doubt the severity of his aims he ordered a firing suad organized in the suare and had it shoot a scarecrow At first no one took him seriously What is your favourite book mum How many times have my children asked me that growing up with a mother who spends most of her time reading to them alone for work for leasure or looking for new books in bookstores wherever we them alone for work for leasure or looking for new books in bookstores wherever we to beI can t ANSWER THAT THERE ARE SO MANY that there are so many I love and in different waysJust name one that comes to mindAnd I said without really knowing why and without thinkingOne Hundred Years Of SolitudeWhyBecauseThis novel taught me that chaos and order are two sides of the same medal called family life It taught me that sadness and love go hand in hand and that life is easy and complicated at the same time It taught me that many wishes actually come true but never in the way we expect and most often with a catch It taught me that sun and rain follow each other even though we might have to wait for four years eleven months and two days for rain to stop falling sometimes It taught me that there are as many recipes for love as there are lovers in the world and that human beings are lazy and energetic good and bad young and old ugly and beautiful honest and dishonest happy and sad all at the same time together and lonelyIt taught me that we are forever longing for what we do not have until we get what we long for Then we start longing for what we lost when our dreams came trueThis novel opened up the world of absurdities to me and dragged me in like no other In each member of the Buend a family I recognise some relation or myself or both Macondo is the world in miniature and wherever I go it follows me like a shadow It is not rich eaceful or beautiful It is just Macondo No no lessMy favourite book I don t know There are so many But I don t think any other could claim to be loved than this one i remember the day i stopped watching cartoons an episode of thundercats in which a few of the cats were trapped in some kind of superbubble thing and it hit me that being cartoons the characters could just be erased and re drawn outside the bubble or could just fly away or tunnel their way out or teleport or do whatever really they wanted afterall they were line and color in a world of line and color now this applies to any work of fiction i mean Cervantes could ve just written Don uixote out of any erilous Situation But It Just Felt but it just felt with a lowest common denominator cartoon it felt that adherence to reality reality as defined within the world of the cartoon wasn t a top riority this ended my cartoon watching days and i ve The Three Lives of Sonata James pored over it in the years that followed was it a severe lack or an overabundence of ima Magical realism has been one of my favorite genres of reading ever since I discovered Isabel Allende and the Latina amiga writers when I was in high school Taking events from ordinary life and inserting elements of fantasy Hispanic written magical realism books are something extraordinary Manyeople compare Allende to Gabriel Garcia Maruez who is considered the founder of magical realism Until now however I had not read any of Maruez full length novels so I had nothing to compar. Stablecimiento del Mein Erster Mörder pueblo de Macondo desde el capítulo 4 hasta el 16 se trata el desarrollo económicoolítico y social del ueblo y los últimos cuatro capítulos narran su decadenci. ,