ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS BOOKS AND WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice'
Gabriel García Márquez's great masterpiece is the story of seven generations of the Buendía family and of Macondo, the town they built. Though little more than a settlement surrounded by mountains, Macondo has its wars and disasters, even its wonders and its 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 and comic invention, One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most daringly original works of the twentieth century.
'Should be required reading for the entire human race' The New York Times
'The book that sort of saved my life' Emma Thompson
'No lover of fiction can fail to respond to the grace of Márquez's writing' Sunday Telegraph
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Master storyteller Gabriel García Márquez’s seminal work of magical realism is as fun to read as it is profoundly moving. The Colombian author relates the peculiar history of the Buendía family with irresistible exuberance. Reveling in fantastical details, García Márquez—winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature—fleshes out unforgettable characters like the toothless gypsy alchemist Melquíades, the orphan Rebeca (who carries a contagious insomnia that will afflict the entire town with amnesia), and 17 ill-fated brothers named Aureliano. Beautifully written and absurdly funny, One Hundred Years of Solitude touches big themes like love, politics and war. It’s a dazzling masterpiece that put Latin American literature on the map and reminds us of the elusive truth that everyday life can be filled with magic.
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100 years of solitude
Loved it. Though confusing on plenty of occasions, I thoroughly enjoyed reading that even the characters at times forgot who they were too!! Fantastic imagination. Never expected this ending and what an original way to end such a long lineage and lives of the Buen Dias's.
Love the book but the translation is poor
I love this book and I have read it many times in Spanish. In fact I remember falling in love with my distant mother tongue with this book. Now I read it in English for a university assignment and I find a lot of the original poetry has been lost in translation. In fact it seems like a the translator did not understand many of the double entendres and that takes a lot away from the book. Aside from this major flaw, this particular electronic edition has not been laid out with the care it could have been. The chapters have not been divided and this renders the book unnavigable for anyone wishing to use it for anything other than pleasure. I would expect more from Penguin- It is disappointing that you think that entering the ebook market consists of just uploading an exact copy of your paper prints to a server for users to download- The least you could do would be to ru it through a typesetting software one more time before releasing it. The world is changing, don’t get left out!
A muddle and a mishmash
I’m sure many have read enjoyed and pondered this book. I am no on of them. Although I did at times ponder why finish it.