One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez
Considered to be the author’s masterpiece, it has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 30 million copies.
Through the story of the Buendías the author shows important Colombian historical events including the transition from a colonial way of life right through from revolution to modern times.
Although political and social change and upheaval are constant themes, this book can be read purely for entertainment. Marquez’s skill and use of what has become known as magic realism – the imposition of magical or miraculous events on otherwise normal events – brings a sense of fantasy which is quite breathtaking and enchanting.
There are abundant unforgettable characters – matriarch Ursula who lives to be over 100 and oversees seven generations of the family; the distant cousin and orphan Rebeca who refuses to speak and arrives carrying a bag containing her parents’ bones; Remedios the Beauty – whose loveliness unintentionally causes the deaths of men who fall in love with her and who ascends into the sky one afternoon while folding a white sheet.
A most satisfying and enjoyable read on many levels – not the least being the mirror-like repetition in the lives the men of the Buendia clan from generation through generation.