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review 2018-12-02 13:04
Hell on Earth: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by by Gabriel García Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez,Gregory Rabassa


(Original Review, 1981-02-27)



I love One Hundred Years of Solitude, in my top three books. When I first read it, it was quite confusing, with all the names the same - and so sad and funny. Not to skip ahead, but I still remember that none of it really made sense until I read the very last page - and then I understood everything in a kind of revelation - I'd never had that feeling before nor since with any other book, and that is why I think it has stuck with me all these years. Sometimes, if I see it in a book store, I just read the last page - but it's never the same.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-08-26 03:11
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Audio) - Gabriel García Márquez,John Lee

I finally finished this!  I took forever for multiple reasons.  First--I started and restarted probably four or five times, because I was quickly finding myself lost as to what was happening.  After a while, I just went with it--though also checked out the text version to go back and forth.  I also was finding myself going for longer periods between listening sessions and having shorter sessions--my running volume has gone way down, and most of my audio "reading" has tended to happen during runs.  (Plus walking to the office from the parking lot in the morning and walking during lunch.)  There was a period where I was having headphone problems, and there were times when I just wasn't in the mood for this book.

 

It's not the book's fault!  It's Garcia Marquez--it's captivating.  But I had to be in the right headspace for it, and I did get there.

 

The book chronicles seven generations of the family of Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula Iguaran.  Jose Arcadio Buendia is the founder of the village of Macondo in Columbia.  Jose Arcadio and Ursula are first cousins, which causes her to fear that their children will be born with tails (of pigs).  They are not, but much later in their line (after some accidental and worse inbreeding), eventually one of their descendants does appear with a tail like that.

 

The family through its many generations keeps repeating the names Jose Arcadio and Aureliano for their male children.  Remedios and Amaranta are favored names for the girls.  The repetition of names reinforces the cyclical nature of time expressed in the narrative.  Political upheavals, wars, and economic cycles parallel historical events in Columbia.  The characters casually interact with ghosts and some of the characters can deliver prophecies.

 

One of my favorite quotes:  

 

"The years nowadays don't pass the way the old ones used to," [Ursula] would say, feeling that everyday reality was slipping through her hands,  In the past, she thought, children took a long time to grow up.

 

Boy, can I relate!

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text 2018-05-14 12:18
Bout of Books
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez,Edith Grossman
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami

Bout of Books begins today and these are the three books I'm attempting to read/listen to/finish.

 

I started the audio version of The Remains of the Day earlier while I was getting ready to go out. It's something I've wanted to read for so long and I'm excited about.

 

I also started Love in the Time of Cholera last week, so I took a note of what page I started with today and will add it to my final tally.

 

Lastly, I've got The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, which I started on Saturday. I was originally thinking of picking short books for Bout of Books so I could get through as many as possible, but I then I thought, why not just keep a page count instead? Plus, The Remains of the Day is a short book and I've already read almost half of Love in the Time of Cholera, so I think I'll get through those two. It's just the Murakami that I think I might struggle with as it's 663 pages! I'll give it a try, anyway, and in the unlikely event that I finish all three books, I plan to start Hannah Kent's most recent book, The Good People.

 

The challenge today is to introduce myself in six words today, so here it is: I'm Holly, I'm Irish, I write.

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text 2018-05-10 19:48
Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 348 pages.
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez,Edith Grossman

I'm really rather surprised at Fermina. After 3-4 years that's it!? I'm starting to really enjoy this novel.

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text 2018-05-08 21:55
Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 348 pages.
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez,Edith Grossman

Really starting to enjoy this and looking forward to finding out how the love affair between our two protagonists began.

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