Monday, May 30, 1977

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Published 10 Years Ago Today

Last updated 7/6/2020.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez

First Publication: May 30, 1967

Category: magic realism novel

Sales: 50 million

Accolades (click on badges to see full lists):

About the Book:

One Hundred Years of Solitude is “The greatest moment in magical realist fiction” TG and “one of the 20th century’s enduring works,” BN “García Márquez's passionate, humorous history of Macondo and its founding family, the Buendías, has the seductive power of myth.” TG “Alternately reverential and comical, [it] weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.” BN

Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women – brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul – this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.” AZ

“It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.” BN

“Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility - the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth - these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.” BN

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In July 2018, I became the organizer of the Classic Novels Book Club. Check out the Book Club tab here or Meetup for more information. This is our November 2018 book.

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