One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.

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  • Andrew Stanley
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "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."
  • Teresa Walker
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "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."
  • Deborah Reed
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "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. "
  • Howard Ortiz
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "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."
    Andrea Wong
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I'll come straight out with it, this book made me sad. I grew to love the characters over the course of the pages and I did tear up a few times. But I also really enjoyed it. "
  • Sean Elliott
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "One Hundred Years of Solitude is a really difficult story to read because of its old style of writing but once you get used to it its very good. There are some really wonderful stories that are good for sharing with others around a campfire."
  • Eric Mitchell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "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!"
  • Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I don't mean to be that guy but I felt a little underwhelmed with this story. Still solid, but not as great as Marquez' other works."
  • Jordan Walsh
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "That is such a general topic that it is hard to say one is the best. This book doesnt seem all that special."
  • James Austin
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I tried reading through One Hundred Years of Solitude and I thought it was just awful. I didn't like anything about the magical realism of the book; fantasy is not an interesting genre, and it shouldn't be combined with a contemporary novel."
  • Rebecca Silva
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "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. "
    Suluh Widya
    Written on March 26, 2019
    "Beauty is a wound, try to read this book, attention! Verry vulgar, dark comedies and satire."
  • Devansh Banerjee
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "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. "
    Shana Wang
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "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."
    Edward Cooper
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most famous novels of our time. Very easy to read and has an amazing storyline as well."
  • Walter Castillo
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Great book and I loved reading it! Loved the magic element to it and would recommend it to anyone that's into that type of stuff! Good buy!"
  • Benjamín Meléndez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "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!!"
  • Angel Sengupta
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "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. "
    Alice Lawson
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "One of the newer works of my girlfriend's favorite author. It was a good read but not well-written as prior works. "
  • Evelyn Moore
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "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."
  • Joan Kennedy
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "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. "
    Roy Hansen
    Written on May 7, 2018
    " Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the writer"
  • Julia James
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "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."
  • Julie Palmer
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "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"
    Lori Dixon
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "I'm not sure if I would consider this as a gift for the typical man in my life. This isn't a light reading and really has a specific audience."
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  • Lisa Rivera
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a really intriguing novel. Brings you right through the whole thing with its compelling plot. Definitely worthy of being a summer read."
  • Jason Walters
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This an amazing novel. Beautifully written with amazing prose. It really pl;aces the reader in the time period and makes you want to stay there."
  • Larry Gutierrez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. It is so powerful and interesting as in intertwines magic and reality!"
  • Terry Gonzalez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    " One Hundred Years of Solitude was magical. This book is a masterpiece that everyone should read. It was beautifully written, and a joy to read."
  • David Douglas
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "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."
    Walter Dunn
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "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. "
  • Melissa Barnett
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "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. "
  • Eduardo Quiroz
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "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. "
    Walter Brewer
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "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. "
    Bruce Peterson
    Written on June 23, 2017
    "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. "
  • Edward Larson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "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."
  • Stephanie Jacobs
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is very confusing. The characters are strange and hard to follow. I won't read this again."
  • Evelyn Carter
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "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."
    Betty Davis
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "N.a"
  • Dorothy Aguilar
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Seems like a very good read and a great solution."
  • Aaryan Rathore
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "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."
  • Pranav Patel
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "When we say Buendia, we're not just saying "good day" to you. I do believe this book was the birth of the magical realism genre that we are all tentatively familiar with today so why not give it a try? "
  • Michael Schmidt
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "One hundred years of solitude tells a tale of a world not known to most. You begin to see the minimalism in life, and learn to appreciate the little things. This book has influenced me throughout my whole life and I imagine for years to come."
  • Nathan Fox
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "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."
  • Alan Holland
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "nice"
  • Ashley Chapman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "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."
  • Jeffrey Hayes
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Very interesting story with a little bit of magic thrown in. Quite the interesting and captivating read."
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