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One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Teen Review: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cover: 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'


I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for a summer English project, and I enjoyed every minute of it. A few factors influenced my decision to read the book: it is on the College Board's list of books to read, my mom and Spanish teacher reccommended it, and just as importantly, the cover was really appealing (I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover...). It is a long novel, 417 pages to be exact, but it was WORTH it.

The book tells the story of a town called Macondo through the lives of the members of its most prominent family, the Buendias. It also, I have heard, parallels the story of Colombia, Marquez's home country. To me, the most enjoyable part of the book was getting to know each and every member of the huge Buendia family, so different but also eerily similar. The book deals with themes of the destruction of war, the nature of solitude, and the fluidity of time, each of which made me examine my life and the state of mankind. I really have no criticism of it... perhaps that at some points, I feel Marquez tried too hard to make a point, to make obvious his theme. But overall, I reccommend this book for any lover of literature. It was once said that One Hundred Years of Solitude was the only book, other than the Book of Genesis, that should be required reading for all mankind, and I couldn't agree more.

(Blythe R recommends this book for readers 14 and over.)