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What the community says about One Hundred Years of Solitude
- "One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction."
- "This book is complicated, lengthy, and not really worth all of the praise it has gotten. Even though this is a translation and I expected some complications, I found parts of this book to ramble on forever. As much as I love to know every detail from the perspective of each character, often the author spends too much time on one aspect of the story and the progression stagnates. Maybe I’ll try it again one day but I might just use this one as a sleep aide."
- "If you're looking for the best book by a Colombia author, look no further than One Hundred Years of Solitude. Gabriel Garcia Marquez touches your heartstrings and paints a picture of a magical world that will pull you in entirely. I could not put this book down. "
- "One of my favorite books ever. This was my first real foray into 'serious' literature and I've loved it for years. Truly beautiful book and it sparked my love for magic realism, though I've never found anything quite as good as this one. Only downside is some of the characters are hard to keep track of, given the similar names, but I can't even mark it down for that."
- "I love magic realism. I think it's a wonderful and creative alternative to "traditional fantasy" - that is, the Tolkein, the Rowling, the CS Lewis types. There's nothing wrong with them, but so many followers of theirs ultimately find their setting a bog-standard medieval fantasy world with elves in the forest, dragons in the sky, and orcs on the horizon. One Hundred Years of Solitude is different - its magic is low key, easily missed at first, and discovering it and everything else in the story is a pure joy. Buy it!"
- "This was a delightful tale with magic and reality blended perfectly. I fond it slow to get into the book, but soon found myself captivated by the plot. Its one of the best books I have read thus far. "
- "I love to read and re-read this book when I have a quiet, peaceful, relaxing space that is free from distractions. I find it's easy to get totally lost in this dream-like story, losing track of time and forgetting the noisy world outside. Always takes me to a place of comfort and peace. ""I have read One Hundred Years of Solitude countless times. It is a classic that I honestly believe everyone should read. Hands down one of my all time favorites."
- "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 9 year old twin sons. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while I read to them at night. I found this amazing book called One Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez which is a fantastic story that allows children to use their imagination and view illustrations of a family living in a magical village. My sons absolutely love the story and keep begging me to acquire more books about the village. Thank you One Hundred Years of Solitude!!"
- "Not a great gift for all girls or even most girls. If you have a girl in your life who is older and enjoys reading this could be a good gift. It is supernatural storytelling and boasts great ratings from its readers. If you have a reader who enjoys a great supernatural storytelling the price of the paperback is a decent price. "
- "There are some books that live through time, some books that are never left behind or forgoten. This one, a masterpiece of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, describes the life of generations, different people and different eras. It is a very fine panorama of how life differs from one generation to another."
- "This book is just way too long for me. It's 417 pages to read and it's a slog to get through. I thought that the writing style was a bit repetitive and just too detailed for me to really enjoy it, unfortunately, which is a shame because the story seems really interesting and compelling, but I just couldn't get behind it with the way it was written. "
- "There is a lot of symbolism in this book, it can be quite obvious at first or it may take time to see it. Regardless, I found it to be quite entertaining. I loved the story behind the book. I loved the character development, I loved the humor. I found it to be inspiring, almost magical in a sense. There were times that I laughed hysterically, and times I felt very sad. I took my time reading it because I wanted to grasp and understand the symbolism. I think it's a unique book and a great read overall."
- "I was looking for an inexpensive gift for my father and husband. They both love to read so I bought One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you looked at the cover you would not think to purchase this for a man. The book itself was complex and had a lot of mystery. It was hard to start but built depth as it progressed. They both enjoyed the book and are looking for others by this author"
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- "I wanted one of the best books ever to read, and I got it. It's not a short read, but that's because it's like a hundred different tales all weaved together, connected, but separate. Which makes sense given that the book takes place in one location of the course of a century, but follows the people who live there, and the changes that take place over time. It's a really unique story, and I don't think I've ever read anything like it. I dare say it might even be in my top 3 novels of all time.""Blending with the natural world and the supernatural is an interesting concept for a book. I would say that it can be quite the interesting read although the summary or introduction of the book could be longer for more in-depth explanation as to what you're getting yourself into. "
- "One Hundred Years of Solitude is not a fictional book about diseases or viruses so it would not be the best book to buy if you are interested in that topic. However, this should not detract you from this novel because it really is a work of art and a masterpiece. This story may be confusing at first but once you get to really differentiate the characters it is a lovely story that is unforgettable. "
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in What are the best fiction books"This answer only explains one book, so it is missing tons more books to complete a full answer for me. I would like a complete source of books to get an understand of why a group of books make up the best books in fiction, rather than have a singled out work of fiction. I would like to know why a specific books leads me to other books in the genre I was looking for. ""I am an avid fiction reader always on the lookout for a great story. I read an article about the author Garcia Marquez and his book One Hundred Years of Solitude and immediately picked it up. I could not put this book down. I read it cover to cover. One Hundred Years of Solitude is now easily in my top three books of all time. ""If you're looking for a good read this summer you can't go wrong with a classic work of fiction like One Hundred Years of Solitude. Written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez it is a classic and one of the best books ever written. Read it, you won't regret it, or my name isn't Sean Spicer. "
- "One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece, but it's a Harper Perennial Modern Classic, not a Penguin Modern Classic which is the specific imprint I'm interesting in, as I'm working through all of their titles. Until then, I'll be putting this novel on the back burner."
- "Any one who considers themselves a lover of fine literature should absolutely read this remarkable book. Scholl's wonderful facility with language and the artistry with which he tells his story is truly a joy to read. This book is right up there with the best-known, most-loved classics in my opinion. This translation really captures and preserves the original beauty and magic of the language. Scholl covers the breadth of the entire human experience in one single novel, and it absolutely required reading material for any thoughtful reader."
- "This appears to be a very well-loved novel, based on the other user reviews. I am not sure if it is considered post-modern, but the subject matter sounds really interesting and fantastic to me. The story is very much based in fantasy, but sounds like it could be relatable enough as well."
- "This is a fairly interesting book I read. It's about the history of a family in a town that eventually dies out. It is somewhat confusing read initially, but it gets better as you read more and invest more in the story of this family and town. I would recommend this book."
- "I am no expert on Colombian traditions or spirituality; in fact, I've had zero exposure to same. Still ... this book spoke to me about ancestors, traditions and the ghosts of what we try to leave behind, no matter what our own cultural roots may be. Highly recommended."