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One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Language: English
Length: 422 Pages
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One Hundred Years Of Solitude, a literary masterpiece by the Nobel Laureate, is a metaphoric mirror to Colombian history. The contemplative novel drapes the tale of the rise and fall of Macondo and magically captures the life and times of the Buendia family over seven generations.

Summary Of The Book

Set in a fictional town called Macondo in Northern Colombia, One Hundred Years Of Solitude begins with Jose Arcadio Buendia leaving his hometown with his wife Ursula, in search of a better life. One night during their journey, they happen to camp at a riverside where Jose dreams about a spectacular city and decides to establish one on the same riverbank. Thus, he builds Macondo and slowly shapes it into how he wants a city to be.

Macondo then begins to miraculously attract unusual people and extraordinary events that make for a gripping plot. The adventurous Buendias find themselves in the middle of some of the most historically potent circumstances in Colombia. As the lineage stands in the face of the glory and downfall of a civilization, Marquez's lyrical magic manifests the delicate nuances of love and war, youth and senility, and passion and lust. And finally, what had started as an innocent dream of Jose, Ursula and 19 other families gradually break down and fall prey to lawless anarchy.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude also chronicles the political and economic developments of the 19th century Colombia, such as corruption and capitalism with a touch of fiction. In a deeply touching and thought provoking non-linear narrative, Marquez paints a hundred years of history on the canvas of time. He uses his prerogative of having witnessed the wave of the Colombian revolution to graphically depict its lasting influence. He arrests in prose, the magical realism surrounding life, death, peace and the truth of mankind.

Written originally in Spanish, One Hundred Years Of Solitude was published first in 1967. It has since been translated into 37 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldover. A recipient of global acclaim and numerous awards, the book won Marquez his Nobel Prize in 1982. This English version is translated by Gregory Rabassa.

About Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a distinguished Colombian writer, novelist, screenwriter and journalist.

Autumn Of The Patriarch, Love In The Time Of Cholera, Leaf Storm and In Evil Hour are some of his other works.

Born in 1927 in Aracataca of Colombia, Marquez is fondly known as Gabo in Latin America. He began his career as a journalist after dropping out of law school. As a result of his controversial news series for El Espectador, he was sent away as the paper's foreign correspondent to Europe. He married Mercedes Barcha in 1958. Known to have started the Magical Realism theme in fiction, Marquez's works mainly revolve around the motifs of solitude and the Latin American experience. Recognized across the globe as one of the prominent writers of the 20th century, Marquez has created a legacy in the Latin American Literary Boom.

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Authored By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 1996
ISBN-13 9780140157512
ISBN-10 0140157514
Language English
Edition 01
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 422 Pages
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EXCELLENT BOOK BUT THE WORST EDITION

WARNING:
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....

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28 May 10
Postmodernism literature

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

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17 February 12
Wonder-esque!

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!

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A Great Masterpiece Printed in Worst Materials

I ordered this book along with Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Both books by Penguin India. But the quality of books in two extremes. This book printed on some scrap papers. Very very bad quality.
Am suspecting someone is printed this book on behalf of Penguin India. Their Logos misplaced. No hologram, No trade mark stickers.
Still wonder why Flipkart is very careless since lots of people already complained many times here.
Very sad to see such a great Masterpiece is printed worst papers.

I rate books quality 1 out of 5. I didn't find any lesser rating.
No issues with 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' ,

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Compulsory Reading

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.

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Solitude of the Buendia family

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One Hundred Years Solitude

DONOT ORDER THIS BOOK. Very Very Bad Paper Quality.
Penguin India think it can get away with anything!!

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The worst paper quality, that too from Penguin

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