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One Hundred Years Of Solitude presents the life and times of the members of the Buendia family. The story is narrated is a non-linear fashion, i.e., the time frames and events are not arranged in chronological order. It spans seven generations of the family. The book is set in the city of Macondo, which was founded by the patriarch of the family. It presents a metaphorical picture of Colombian history.
The book begins with Jose Arcadio Buendia, who leaves his home in Riohacha, Colombia, with his wife Ursula. Together they set out in search of an improved life and a new place to call home. One night, while they are camping on the banks of a river, Jose dreams of a city full of mirrors that reflects the world outside and within it. He takes it as a good omen and decides to establish such a city on the riverbank.
He names the city Macondo and gradually shapes it to match his perceptions. Macondo turns out to have a mythical, magical quality that brings unusual events in its wake. These extraordinary events have a profound influence on the following six generations of the Buendia family.
The adventurous spirit of the Buendia clan places it right in the midst of several significant historical events of Colombia. Youth, love, lust, senility, wealth, poverty, war, passion—the book weaves a rich tapestry of emotions and experiences that span the length and breadth of every humans’ life.
In keeping with Márquez’s trademark literary style, the story blurs the lines between the magical and the mundane. Solitude, incest, and the fluid nature of time are some of the prominent themes explored in the book.
One Hundred Years Of Solitude was first published in Spanish in the year 1967. Since then, it has sold over twenty million copies, and has been translated into 37 languages. It has received global acclaim and won several awards. It even earned Márquez the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1982. The credit for the English translation goes to Gregory Rabassa. This particular edition of the book was published in 1996.
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Don't buy the PENGUIN INDIA EDITION........ITS PATHETIC.
I just got the book today, and been through 50 or so pages, and the narrative technique is so cool and alluring that it seems the novel is just awesome.i'll surely write a full riview once i finish the novel,SO FOR THE START I GIVE FIVE STARS.......hope I won't regret!!!!!!!And also thanks to Flipkart for delivering the book within 48hours...amazing.
But the urgent need to write this short riview is to warn people not to go for the PENGUIN INDIA PUBLICATION EDITION OF 1996. But WHY????
THE COVER LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL, BUT ONCE I GOT THE BOOK AND OPENED IT.............MAN I WAS SHATTERED !!!!Did they priced this crap for 399Rs!!!!!(I bought it for249) The pages are just as bad as you can get, pages are like the pages you would find in some cheap books sold in local trains, or in footpaths.the print quality is also too bad, like some cheap newspaper printing. I just can't imagine what does Penguin think Indian customers are???? This book is meant to be sold only in the Indian subcontinent...... Are we so cheap as readers that we deserve this kind of editions even at 399 Rs??Why do they treat the Indian subcontinent customer so differently?? Can they answer...And I've bought 10 to 12 books from Penguin india , and they always seem to produce under quality products for the subcontinent........but this time its really beyond acceptance.....So go for other editions but not this one....
All the credit for Marquez's 1982 Literature Novel Prize goes to this book. It's one of the hallmarks of fiction. The content displays supernatural situations recited with natural fluidity. Magical realism is enormously expounded. Time is of essence all throughout the story even though he emphasizes timelessness by repeating many similar names. That's just one of the little ironies and he is a master in that. I bought this book thinking about somebody who's so sad stayed in isolation or something like that - that's what the title suggests. And it turned out to be the most ironic of all ironies of this book. All in all, this work of literature is the best Garcia Marquez has ever written. - Rojikanta
If one wonders why Marquez was awarded a Nobel, then this is the answer to such groundless doubts!
'Magic Realism' isn't everybody's cup of tea. He is an expert, the doyen in this genre. Mortals like me can't write a review for such masterpieces.
Let my words cease. Grab a copy and devour it NOW!
As a matter of fact, I read its pdf! That was quite an excruciating task for someone who can't stand e-books. But, it was Garcia's spell that kept me enchanted for two whole days!
I can comfortably say that those were the 48 hours of sheer bliss...
P.S. Pelt stones at me if the climax does not enthrall you to a maddening degree..
6 on 5...thats underrating!
The magnitude of imagination and a statement which sporadically alerts you of what's coming next keep you grossed and wondering and reading the book in the funny positions that only the people around can notice. An intriguing, innovative and marvelously translated novel. You want to read it again and again, the book demands it. The simplicity of characters and complexity of story provokes a revision time and again, just when you realise that after having read it five times over what you'd missed out on. A noble investment, make it.
It took me three days to finish this book. What is so special about this book? It grips you. Gabriel Garcia MArquez's narrative binds you in a spell and keeps you enchanted. Each and every character is so beautifully written that you feel their presence inside. you feel for Ursula at one time. You feel for colonel. How can some one write so beautifully and still leave you hungry for more? This book is an amazing piece of post modern literature. Something you cannot explain, This book is alive. i would like to thank flipkart too. Even though i received a bad copy, they refunded my money and let me keep the book.
DONOT ORDER THIS BOOK. Very Very Bad Paper Quality.
Penguin India think it can get away with anything!!
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