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Stepdog eWrites like him Also his sentences average about 1438 wordsach so pretty much it s Another Way Home either him or FaulknerREASONS WHY MOST OF YOU WILL HATE THIS BOOK I have tongage very ounce of my mental ability just to understand what the is going on Most people who read for relaxation and ntertainment will want to send Maruez hate mail Also there are approximately 20 main characters and about 4 names that they all share I realize that s probably realistic in Hispanic cultures of the ra but SERIOUSLY by the time you get to the sixth character named Aureliano you ll have to draw yourself a diagram Not ven the classic Russians suffer from as much name confusion as this guyOn an uber disturbing note Maruez has once again as he did in Love in the Time of Cholera written a grown man having sex with a girl as young as 9 which is pretty much 1 on my list of Things That Make You Go EWW He makes Lolita look like Polyanna on the virtue chart Note to authors You give ONE of your characters a uniue but disgusting characteristic and it s good writing Give it to than one and we start thinking we re reading your psychological profile ya creepIf you feel like pushing your brain to its max read it The man did win the Nobel after all it s amazing But get ready to work harder to understand something than you Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) ever have before in your life And may God be with youFAVORITE UOTES coincidentally also the shortest ones in the bookShe had the rare virtue of neverxisting completely Antarctica except at the opportune momentHe soon acuired the forlorn look that one sees in vegetariansChildren inherit their parents madnessHe really had been through death but he had returned because he could not bear the solitudeThe air was so damp that fish could have come in through the doors and swum out the windowsHe was unable to bear in his soul the crushing weight of so much pastIt snough for me to be sure that you and I Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America exist at this momentA person doesn t die when he should but when he can More like A Hundred Years of Torture I read this partly in a misguided attempt toxpand my literary horizons and partly because my uncle was a big fan of Gabriel Garcia Maruez Then again he also used to re read Ulysses for fun which just goes to show that you should never take book advice from someone whose I is than 30 points higher than your ownI have patience for a lot of xcesses like verbiage and chocolate but not for 5000 pages featuring three generations of people with the same names I finally tore out the family tree at the beginning of the book and used it as a bookmark To be fair the book isn t actually 5000 pages but also to be fair the ndlessly interwoven stories of bizarre Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics exploits and fantastical phenomena make it seem like it is The whole time I read it I thought This must be what it s like to be stoned Well actually most of the time I was just trying to keep the characters straight The rest of the time I was wondering if I was the victim of odorless paint fumes However I think I was simply the victim of Maruez s brand of magical realism which I can take in short stories but find a bit much to swallow in a long novel Again to be fair this novel is lauded and loved by many and I can sort of see why A shimmering panoramic of a village s history would appeal to those whonjoy tragicomedy laced heavily with fantasy It s just way too heavily laced for me One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Maruez is a tremendous piece of literature It s not an asy read You re not going to turn its pages like you would the latest John Grisham novel or The DaVinci Code You have to read ach page soaking up very word immersing yourself in the imagery Mr Maruez says that he tells the story as his grandmother used to tell stories to him with a brick face That s useful to remember while reading because that is certainly the tone the book takes If you can get through the first 50 pages you will njoy it But those 50 are a doozy It s hard to keep track of the characters at times mainly because they are all named Jose Arcadio or Aureliano but a family tree at the beginning of my dition was helpful The book follows the Buendia family from the founding of fictional Macondo to a fitting and fulfilling conclusion The family goes through wars marriages many births and deaths as well as several technological advances and invasions by gypsies and banana companies trust me the banana company is important You begin to realize as matriarch Ursula does that as time passes time does not really pass for this family but turns in a circle And as the circle closes on Macondo and the Buendias you realize that Mr Maruez #Has You On #taken you on remarkable journey in his literature Recommended but prepared for a hard read Revised 28 March 2012 Huh Oh Oh man WowI just had the weirdest dreamThere was this little town right And verybody had like the same two names And there was this guy who lived under a tree and a lady who ate dirt and some other guy who just made little gold fishes all the time And sometimes it rained and sometimes it didn t and and there were fire ants The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 everywhere and some girl got carried off into the sky by her laundryWow That was messed upI need some coffeeThe was roughly how I felt after reading this book This is really the only time I vever read a book and thought You know this book would be awesome if I were stoned And I don t Confession even know if being stoned works on books that wayGabriel Garcia Maruez which is such a fun name to say is one of those Writers You Should Read You know the type they re the ones thatveryo What is your favourite book mum How many times have my children asked me that growing up with a mother who spends most of her time reading to them alone for work for pleasure or looking for new books in bookstores wherever we happen to beI can t answer that there are so many books I love and in different waysJust name one that comes to mindAnd I said without really knowing why and without thinkingOne Hundred Years Of SolitudeWhyBecauseThis novel taught me that chaos and order are two sides of the same medal called family life It taught me that sadness and love go hand in hand and that life is asy and complicated at the same time It taught me that many wishes actually come true but never in the way we xpect and most often with a catch It taught me that sun and rain follow ach other ven though we might have to wait for four years Curators of the Buddha eleven months and two days for rain to stop falling sometimes It taught me that there are as many recipes for love as there are lovers in the world and that human beings are lazy andnergetic good and bad young and old ugly and beautiful honest and dishonest happy and sad all at the same time together and lonelyIt taught me that we are forever longing for what we do not have until we get what we long for Then we start longing for what we lost when our dreams came trueThis novel opened up the world of absurdities to me and dragged me in like no other In ach member of the Buend a family I recognise some relation or myself or both Macondo is the world in miniature And Wherever I Go It Follows Me Like A Shadow wherever I go it follows me like a shadow is not rich peaceful or beautiful It is just Macondo No no lessMy favourite book I don t know There are so many But I don t think any other could claim to be loved than this one i remember the day i stopped watching cartoons an pisode of thundercats in which a few of the cats were trapped in some kind of superbubble thing and it hit me that being cartoons the characters could just be Cezanne a Study of His Development erased and re drawn outside the bubble or could just fly away or tunnel their way out or teleport or do whatever really they wanted afterall they were line and color in a world of line and color now this applies to any work of fiction i mean Cervantes could ve just written Don uixote out of any perilous situation but it just felt different with a lowest common denominator cartoon it felt that adherence to reality reality as defined within the world of the cartoon wasn t a top priority thisnded my cartoon watching days and i ve pored over it in the years that fo. Sí como los nombres de los personajes se repiten una y otra vez fusionando la fantasía con la realidad En los tres primeros capítulos se narra You Owe Me One el éxodo de un grupo de familias yl So I know that I m supposed to like this book because it is a classic and by the same author who wrote Love in the Time of Cholera Unfortunately I just think it is unbelievably boring with a jagged plot that seems interminable Sure the language is interesting and the first line is the stuff of University English courses Sometimes I think books get tagged with the classic label because some academics read them and didn t understand and so they hailed these books as genius These same academics then make a sport of looking down their noses at readers who don t like these books for the very same reasons If this all sounds too specific yes I had this conversation with a professor of mineI know that other people love this book and power to them I ve tried to read it all the way through three different times and never made it past 250 pages before I get so bored keeping up with all the births deaths magical Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture events and mythical legends I ll put it this way I don t like this book for the same reason that I never took up smoking If I have to force myself to like it what s the point When I start coughing and hacking on the first cigarette that is my body telling me this isn t good for me and I should uit right there When I start nodding off on the second page of One Hundred Years of Solitude that is my mind trying to tell me I should find a better way to pass my time Mystical and captivatingOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garc a M ruez first published in 1967 in his native Colombia and then first published in English in 1970 is a uniue literaryxperience overwhelming in its virtuosity and magnificent in scopeI recall my review of Tolstoy s War and Peace trying to describe a book like it and realizing there are no other books like it it is practically a genre unto itself That said One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece of narrative ability and is itself uniue as a statement but reminiscent of many other great books Pasternak s Doctor Zhivago Lowry s Under the Volcano Buck s The Good Earth and Joyce s Ulysses were the works that I thought of while reading but no doubt this is a one of a kindUsing all of the literary devices I have Obsession: An Erotic Tale ever learned and making up many as he went along Garc a M ruezstablished a new Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era epoch of descriptive resonance Magic realism and hyperbole abound in his fantastic history of the mythical town of Macondo separated by mountains and a swamp road fromverything Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice else and of the Buend a family whose lifeblood was the dramatic heart of the village from inception until the fatefulndGarc a M ruez Edicts of Asoka employs incestuous and repetitive family situations tomphasize his chronicle and a dynamic characterization that is labyrinthine in its complexity Dark humor walks the ancient halls of the ancestral mansion home along with the ghosts of those who have come before Incredibly Garc a M ruez ties it all together into a complete and prophetically sound Upgrade Soul ending that breathes like poetry to the finishFinally I must concede that this review is wholly inadeuate This is a book that must be read 2018 I had a conversation about this book recently and I was asked what was the big dealwhy was this so special It had been a while since I had read but my response was that after turning the last page I was struck dumb had to walk thearth metaphorically for a few days to gather my thoughts on what I had read really than that what I had xperienced I read alot of books and a book that smacks me like that deserves some reflectionAnother indicator to me and this is also subjective is that I have thought about this book freuently since I read a book and njoy it was Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 entertained andscaped for a while into the writer s world and then I finish and write a review slap a 3 star on it and go to the next book There are some books years later that I have to refresh my memory who wrote that what was it about Not so with 100 years Like so many other five star ratings this one has stayed with me and I think about Macondo sometimes and can see the weeds and vines growing up through the hardwood floors This is a special book One Hundred Years of Solitude is an absolute ground breaking book it is intelligent creative and full of powerful anecdotal wisdom It deservedly won the noble prize for literature But how Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist enjoyable is it How readable is itGabriel Garc a M ruez plays around with reality itself he plays around with the limitations of fiction he useslements of magic
"of the fantastic to give voice to things that could never be said uite as ffectively in normal terms he "the fantastic to give voice to things that could never be said uite as ffectively in normal terms he through realism and stablishes his own original style He did nothing short of launching a new mode of literary address magical realism He wasn t the first writer to do such a thing though his writing was the first to attract criticism which in ffect allowed for it to be defined and recognised For me the strongest Imaginary Runner element of the book resides in its inherent pessimism with its unfortunate understanding that history can and will repeat itself All good intentions go awry indeed One Hundred Years of Solitude challenges the progress or lack thereof of society It creates a self contained history in its isolated framework which arguably reflects the nature of mankind or at least itchoes Columbian history with its liberal history in the face of imperialism No matter how much we want to change the world or how much we believe in a revolution or a new political ideal these good intentions often become warped when faced with the horrors of war and bloodshed Nothing really changes There s no denying the success of M ruez s From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 epic there s no denying its ingenuity I reallynjoyed parts of the novel but it was awfully difficult to read uncomfortably so The prose is Fresh Water extremely loose and free flowing to the point where it feels like thought it s like a torrent of verbal diarrhoea that feels like it will nevernd Characters die French Daguerreotypes eerily similar characters take their place within the story and the narrative continues until the well has completely run dry of any actual life It is pushed so terribly far one hundred years to be precise And that s my biggest problem I m a sentimentalist I like to feel when I read I like to be movedither to anger or From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read excitement I want to invest in the characters I want to care about their lives and I want to be provoked by their actions M ruez s approach meant that this was impossible to do so It s a huge story told in just a few hundred pages It s sweeps across the lives of the characters somexceedingly important characters in the story are introduced and die a very short time after to stablish the sheer futility of human xistence and ffort M ruez tried to demonstrate M ruez writes against European tradition and the legacy of colonialism he creates something totally new which is becoming increasingly hard to do Although I do appreciate this novel
I Did Not Enjoy Reading did not njoy reading as much as I could have doneFacebook Twitter Insta Academia I guarantee that 95% of you will hate this book and at least #70% of you will hate it nough to not finish it but I loved it Guess I was #of you will hate it nough to not finish it but I loved it Guess I was in the mood for it Here s how it breaks downAMAZING THINGS I can literally feel new wrinkles spreading across the surface of my brain when I read this guy He s so wicked smart that there s no chance he s completely sane His adjectives and descriptions are 100% PERFECT and yet ntirely nonsensical After reading three chapters it starts making sense and that s when you realize you re probably crazy too And you are We all areThe magical realism style of the book is DELICIOUS Sure it s an pic tragedy following a long line of familial insanity but that doesn t stop the people from Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye eating dirt coming back from the dead spreading a plague of contagious insomnia ornjoying a nice thunderstorm of yellow flowers It s all presented in such a natural light that you think Of course Of course he grows auatic plants in his false teeth Now why wouldn t heThis guy is the Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France epitome of uniue Give me a single sentence ANY SENTENCE the man hasver written and I will recognize it Nobody. El libro se compone de 20 capítulos no titulados n los cuales se narra una historia con una structura cíclica temporal ya ue los acontecimientos del pueblo y de la familia Buendía .
Llowed was it a severe lack or an overabundence of imagination that made it so that while all my friends were digging saturday morning cartoons i alternated between tormenting my parents and attempting to use logic to disprove the fact that Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild everyone i knew andveryone i Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets ever would know was gonna diei had a similarxperience with One Hundred Years of Solitude the first chapter is just brilliant gypsies bring items to Macondo a village hidden away from mass civilization by miles of swamp and mountains these Electromyography for Experimentalists everyday items magnets icetc are interpreted as magic by people who have never seen them and it forces the reader to reconfigure hisher perception of much of what she formerly found ordinary amazing and then the gypsies bring a magic carpet a real one one that works and there is no distinction bt magnets and the magic carpet this i guess is magical realism and i had a Thundercats moment lemme Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 explainthe magic carpet immediately renders all that preceded it as irrelevant are ice and magnets the same as magic carpets what is the relation between magic and science how can i trust and believe in a character who takes such pains to understand ice and magnets and who using the most primitive scientific means works day and night to discover that thearth is round but then will just accept that carpets can fly or that people can instantaneously increase their body weight sevenfold by pure will or that human blood can twist and turn through streets to find a specific person fuck the characters how can i trust the writer if the world is totally undefined if people can refuse to die and it s not xplained who or how or why where are the stakes if someone can make themselves weigh 1000 pounds what can t they do how can i care about any situation if Garcia Maruez can simply make the persons involved sprout wings and fly away should the book be read as fairy tale as myth as allegory no i don t think it s meant to be read solely as any of those and i d label anyone a fraud who tried to xplain away a 500 page book as mere allegory over i don t believe Garcia Maruez has as fertile an imagination as Borges or Cervantes or Mutis three chaps who perhaps could pull something like this off on storytelling power alone but three chaps who though they may dabble in this stuff clearly define the world their characters inhabit so i m at page 200 and i m gonna try and push on but it s tough do i care when someone dies when death isn t permanent and do i care about characters who have seen death reversed but don t freak the fuck out which is inconsistent with what does make them freak the fuck out and who also continue to cry when someone dies yes there are some gems along the way but i think had Solitude been structured as a large collection of interconnected short stories kinda like a magical realism Winesberg Ohio it would ve worked much better this is one of the most beloved books of all time and i m not so arrogant damn close to discount the word of all these people although I do have gothboy DFJ and Borges on my side a strong argument for or against anything and not so blind to see the joy this brings to so many people i fully understand it s a powerful piece of work but i really don t get it and i aggressively recommend The Adventures and Misadventures of Maroll to any and all who find Solitude to be the nd all and be all Magical realism has been one of my favorite genres of reading ver since I discovered Isabel Allende and the Latina amiga writers when I was in high school Taking Wicked Loving Lies events from ordinary life and insertinglements of fantasy Hispanic written magical realism books are something xtraordinary Many people compare Allende to Gabriel Garcia Maruez who is considered the founder of magical realism Until now however I had not read any of Maruez full length novels so I had nothing to compare On this 50th anniversary of its first printing One Hundred Years of Solitude is the revisit the shelf selection for the group catching up on classics for January 2017 An pic following the Buendia family for 100 years Solitude is truly a great novel of the Americas that put magical realism on the map Gabriel Garcia Maruez was born in Aracataca Columbia in 1927 Influenced by his grandmother s vivid story telling Maruez decided at an arly age that he wanted to be a writer Upon completion of la Universidad de Cartagena Maruez began his career as a reporter and soon began to write short stories His arliest stories were published as arly as the 1950s #Yet In 1964 While #in 1964 while in Mexico City with his young family he completed Solitude in a mere ighteen months Finally published for the first time in 1967 Solitude sold millions of copies stablishing Maruez as a world renown writer leading to his receiving the Nobel Prize in 1982 Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula Iguaran lived in an isolated Colombian village where branches of the same family intermarried for centuries resulting in children born with pigs tails or looking like lizards Determined to nd this cycle of incest Buendia and a group of pioneers crossed the mountains and founded the village of Macondo In the mid
1800s Macondo was a fledging community with Buendia an alchemist its most respected member Jose Arcadio and Ursula wentMacondo was a fledging community with Buendia an alchemist its most respected member Jose Arcadio and Ursula went to have three children Aureliano Jose Arcadio and Amaranta These names and the personality traits that distinguished the original bearers of these names repeated themselves over the course of a century Throughout the novel and the century of change to Macondo all the Jose Arcadios were solitary individuals and inventors Determined to decipher the gypsies secret to the universe they holed themselves up in an alchemist s lab rarely seen by the outside world The Aurelianos on the other hand were leaders of revolution Colonel Aureliano Buendia started thirty two civil wars yet lost all of them A relic who fathered seventeen sons of the same name and grew to become Macondo s most respected citizen his spirit of adventure and discovery repeated itself in the descendants who bore his name Women held the family together First Ursula who lived to be 122 years old and then her daughter Amaranta the women Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One expanded the family home and raised successive generations so that new Jose Arcadios and Aurelianos would not repeat the mistakes of their namesakes Yet the same mistakes and characteristics occur rejected love spirit of adventure lone soles willing to live for one hundred years in solitary confinement Additionally the two characters who predicted all thevents of the novel were not Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) even members of the Buendia family Pilar Ternera a card reader who specialized in fates and could look at a Buendia to know his future and Meluiades a gypsy who befriended the original Jose Arcadio leading all the successive generations to a life of solitude At first Maruezuates solitude with death Later on he includes individuals happy To Live Out Their Days Alone In Order To Make live out their days alone In order to make point of his Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe examples of solitude he interjects countlessxamples of magical realism a man bleeding to death down a street yellow butterflies announcing a man s presence a rain of Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time epic proportions that would notnd With these and other countless One Wild Weekend examples throughout the text Maruez created a magical realism genre that is still widely in use by Latino writers and others around the world today While used to the magical realism genre Maruez usage and prose were a treat for me to read His writing is so captivating I read thentire novel over the course of a day because I desired to know how the Buendias cyclical Forgetful of Their Sex existence wouldither repeat itself or change once and for all Between the prose and magical realism and a memorable story for the ages One Hundred Years of Solitude is an Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing epic genre changingxtraordinary novel Authors of the last fifty years can credit Maruez influence in their own work I feel privileged to have finally read this saga deserving of its numerous awards and top ratings that F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby eventually lead Maruez toarn a Nobel Prize One Hundred Years of Solitude a novel for the ages meriting 5 wonderful stars. Stablecimiento del pueblo de Macondo desde Walled (The Line, el capítulo 4 hastal 16 se trata Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany el desarrolloconómico político y social del pueblo y los últimos cuatro capítulos narran su decadenci. .