One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Penguin, 2000 - Latin America - 422 pages
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Equally tragic, joyful and comical, Gabriel García Márquez's masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a seamless blend of fantasy and reality, translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa in Penguin Modern Classics.Gabriel García Márquez's great masterpiece is the story of seven generations of the Buendía family and of Macondo, the town they have built. Though little more than a settlement surrounded by mountains, Macondo has its wars and disasters, even its wonders and miracles. A microcosm of Columbian life, its secrets lie hidden, encoded in a book and only Aureliano Buendía can fathom its mysteries and reveal its shrouded destiny. Blending political reality with magic realism, fantasy with comic invention, One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most daringly original works of the twentieth century.Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928) was born in Aracataca, Colombia. He is the author of several novels, including Leaf Storm (1955), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) and The General in His Labyrinth (1989). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.If you enjoyed One Hundred Years of Solitude, you might like Love in the Time of Cholera, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'With a single bound Gabriel García Márquez leaps on the stage with Günter Grass and Vladimir Nabokov ... dazzling'The New York Times

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The prose is lyrical and flows as smoothly as a river. - LibraryThing
Still, the writing is gorgeous and very vivid. - LibraryThing
And the ending is fantastic. - LibraryThing
The writing itself was wonderful. - LibraryThing
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one of the stranger books I have read in the past. starts like a family saga but then take a turn to add strange characters. Becomes flat in the middle but Ursula kept me going and then it picked up ... Read full review

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User Review  - moonfleur - LibraryThing

The Buendia saga for a hundred years is challenging coz . ..I cannot remember who is whose sons,grandfather, aunt. ..Nonetheless an interesting story which is spiced by gypsy enchantment. i do like ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on 6 March 1927 in Aractaca, Colombia, and died on 17 April 2014 in Mexico City, aged 87.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for a body of work that includes novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories.

His most famous works include Leaf Storm (1955), In Evil Hour (1962), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch(1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in His Labyrinth (1989), News of a Kidnapping (1996), Living to Tell the Tale (2002) and Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004).

'Marquez writes in this lyrical, magical language that no-one else can do.' Salman Rushdie

'Marquez is a retailer of wonders.' Sunday Times

'An exquisite writer, wise, compassionate and extremely funny.' Sunday Telegraph

'An imaginative writer of genius.' Guardian

'The stories are rich and startling, confident and eloquent. They are magical.' John Updike

'One of this century's most evocative writers.' Anne Tyler

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