A Review of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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“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.”

I normally review unpublished books to champion unsung geniuses of various genres, but I recently joined triberr and I want to review my favorite all-time book.

     I HAVE READ THIS BOOK NOW TWICE AND RETURN TO PORTIONS OF IT OR ELSE BEGIN AGAIN WHEN I HAVE NOTHING ELSE IN MIND TO READ. THE BOOK IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF MAGICAL REALISM I HAVE FOUND AND POSSIBLY THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. FIRST, IT IS DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE MACONDO IS NOT A REAL, LOST, BACKWOODS CENTRAL AMERICAN VILLAGE. THE FICTIONAL PLACE IS REAL ENOUGH TO BIRTH FUTURE DICTATORS AND WITNESS THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS IN A MASS KILLING OF WORKERS IN THE BANANA GROVES. BUT THE FOCUS IS ON THE LONG LINE OF BUENDIA MEN AND THEIR DAILY LIVES. AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, MAGICAL CHARACTERS AND WONDERS APPEAR, AND THE READER IS SUPPOSED TO ACCEPT THESE ANOMALIES AND MOVE ON. AND IT WORKS. ONE EXAMPLE IS A GYPSY HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD WHO INSPIRES THE PATRIARCH, JOSE, TO INDULGE ONE BIZARRE OBSESSION AFTER ANOTHER. JOSE LOCKS HIMSELF AWAY IN HIS “LAB,” TRYING TO MAKE HIMSELF RICH. THE OPENING LINE OF 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE IS THE BEST OPENING SENTENCE I HAVE EVER READ: “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.” IN FACT, SOME EVENTS ARE BASED ON REAL EVENTS, SUCH AS THE MASSACRE OF BANANA WORKERS AND THE STRUGGLE OF LATINOS UNDER COLONIAL OPPRESSION. THE INTRODUCTION OF ICE IN THE SMALL VILLAGE SEEMS LIKE MAGIC BUT IS BASED ON THE REALITIES OF BRINGING THE MODERN WORLD TO SMALL VILLAGES THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS.

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