It is not long before fateful human activity mars the innocent beauty of creation.
The more they discover the more they are sucked into the inescapable cycle of life. The primordial myth that moulds and shapes their destinies does not let them advance in their efforts to defeat the infernal solitude of existence, whatever they might do, however they might try. History gets back at them again and again and every generation is but a repeat of the past. It is to emphasise the cyclical nature of time, in my opinion, that names of principal characters are repeated in every generation, sometimes to the confusion of the reader, easily rectified by going back to the family tree provided in the start of the book.
An external, portentous, disastrous, evil-like power guides and transforms the lives of people in the hamlet of Macondo. The sense of foreboding pervades the whole story: the rain continuing for many days and inundating the streets, the unceasing storm before the arrival in town of a heraldic character, and the fearful episode when townspeople begin to suffer a terrible memory loss, so that to remember the names and functions of things they write it down on labels and tie those labels to objects like chairs and tables. It tells us that we cannot hope for a future if our past is erased from the slates of our collective consciousness.
Past may be a burden but it is also a great guiding force without which there's no future. The only way to retain your sanity is to remember your history and cling to it, or prepare to go insane. Look at the sky, look at the walls, look at the begonias. Today is Monday too. On Thursday he appeared in the workshop again with the painful look of plowed ground. The town is threatened when the change taking place in the outside world begins to spill over into Macondo. Divisions that hitherto did not exist come to define the inhabitants of Macondo and of towns farther afield.
One of the Buendias, Colonel Aureliano, takes up a piece of metalwork as new and strange as a gun to mount a revolt and bring the promised glory to his land. New lines are drawn. New alliances are made. Old friends become enemies and enemies, partners. Colonel Aureliano Buendia, when he is about to kill him, tells General Moncada: Remember, old friend, I'm not shooting you. It's the revolution that's shooting you.
The scene above captures the mechanistic element of their revolutionary war; the one below bares the meaninglessness of the conflict, so pertinent to the 20th century militarisation of the whole continent and its endless armed strife led by colonels and generals of all hues and shades. Tell me something, old friend: why are you fighting? Colonel Aureliano Buendia was amused at his alarm. Although the book gets high praise from most readers, it is to be expected that some readers would take a disliking to the basic ingredients from which Marquez draws his style and narrative devices.
Aristotle in Poetics argues that a convincing impossibility in mimesis is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The stress is not on what can physically happen but on mimetic persuasion. This is why some novels that follow every bit of convention, every bit of realistic element in them turn out to be unbelievable stories with unbelievable characters. You want to forget them as soon as you finish the book — and toss it aside. But on the other hand Greek tragedies populated with cosmic characters pulling suprahuman feats continue to enthrall generations of readers.
How realistic are those stories? In that Marquez is more than successful, and this is the basis of the enduring appeal of this work. His The Metamorphosis is not a representation of likely human activity how could a human transform overnight into a large insect?
Marquez, like a god, has written the First Testament of Latin America, synthesising myth and magic to reveal the truth of the human condition, and called it One Hundred Years of Solitude. February View all 82 comments. Nov 17, V. Other than I know that Amarantha is somehow fierce it's difficult to describe the rest of the characters personalities.
What are their goals? What do they want? What do they fear? Who are they? What are their motivations? Am I supposed to know how Macondo, the setting of this book looks like? All I know is that Macondo founders were trying to reach the sea and they couldn't and were tired of travelling so I know there's no sea close to this town.
The rules of this world don't seem to follow a logic, either. It's like Garcia Marques just smoke weed and added whatever he saw when he was under the effects of the weed to add magical elements here and there. I rarely notice worldbuilding issues in my reads because I have a strong imagination. Even books that don't describe the rules of their worlds or the setting properly don't turn me off, but since this book is universally praised as a "master piece" I was expecting more.
I'm aware that the author won a Nobel Prize, but it seems to me that it was more like the academy thought it'd be rebellious and edgy to give an award to this author leaving other more talented authors out, therefore steering controversy. Sort of like they did when they gaveBob Dylan the Nobel Prize even if he's a songwriter and poet more than a book writer. I don't even know who is supposed to enjoy this book. I think every reader gets hooked by different opening lines, so why critics and scholars think this opening line is better than any is beyond me.
However, I'll say that the ending scene was strong and extremely disturbing. It's a scene that will make you feel haunted and in search of a happy reading because view spoiler [ A newborn is eaten by ants. You're supposed to imagine the ants carrying only the carcass of what was moments before a lovely baby I doubt that writing my honest opinion about this trash will earn me a good mark, so I'm trying to find an angle to write about.
Maybe I can write about the role of women in Garcia's books. An oudated view of women is common in this author's writings. As a demi-feminist some scenes were hard to stomach. Long story short, this book is way Overrated. Overrated doesn't cover it. I think the author, may he rest in peace, might have written it under the effects of the weed. View all 90 comments. Oct 02, Philip rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , favorites. I imagine these people looking and saying, "Yes, but what does it mean?
One Hundred Years of Solitude And does it have to mean anything? Oscar Wilde: "All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
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Able only to make so many hops before sinking, blinded by the mud, disoriented by the current to the bottom? What are we? This was is a beautiful book. Like Guernica.
Like Dali. It's religious, and political, and sexual. And as long as I haven't over-used it already - beautiful. It's the literary Big Fish and I'm sure people will and have debated what it means, and authorial intent and it won the Nobel Prize for crying out loud, but maybe it's to display on a prominent house wall and be debated. It's easy to get a handle on the broad and general themes - history is cyclical - not progressive, progress is a myth and "progress" is evil , go after love, be careful not to let memories or nostalgia bow you down, seek knowledge, the world is mysterious and doesn't always make sense, don't be intimidated of anybody - especially of your past self or selves.
Beyond that it's just conjecture. The story begins with Jose Arcadio Buendia -the patriarch - and the founding of Macondo. It follows the lineage of his descendants - many living mythically long lives and bringing in enchanted aspects. The dead live, return from the future, invent and disappear - but not in a machine of the gods way - it's more dream-like. The lineage frustrated me.
In order to illustrate his point on the circular view of history, there were 4 Joses, 22 Aurelianos, 5 Arcadios, a couple Ursulas and Remedioses to boot. And Pilar Ternera found herself grandmother or great grandmother to far too many kids. Even with the family tree in the front of the book, it was difficult to tell which Arcadio or Jose or Aureliano was which - especially given the fact that so many of the characters lived past Or even past The book was intriguing.
I loved the tidbits that came back into play throughout the book - the ash on the heads of the Aurelianos, Melquiades stopping by for a chat - that's what made it for me. Like I said, I don't think this was a book to "get.
I like it the way it is in my mind. View all 26 comments. Has it really happened?
Is it really a novel? It's one of those books which leave you with somewhat these kind of thoughts; it's a book which moves with every word.
Kevin Ansbro Debbie wrote: "I think my pogo stick already IS magical realism, so I should just shut up about not liking the genre! I think this is a very good novel for people who like to go into trances for hours at a time. It's all presented in such a natural light that we may think: does Macambo exist somewhere? Aided by theories of the moveable positionality of speakers and of the impermanence of human subjects, the dissertation shows how mobile narrators in the texts oppose injustice and hypocrisy from multiple spaces. They receive intimately the few they like but no general society.
The novel deals with so many themes that it really hard to associate it with a few. However, one thing is for sure that the novel leaves you spellbound with an 'almost out of the world experience'; and you want to experience it just one more time every time you experience it!!! Many years ago I was told this is one of those books you have to read before you die. I didn't get far on that occasion, but returned recently with steely determination to have a second bite at the cherry or should that be banana , to see if it really lives up to all the hype.
Well, I certainly don't think I would take this as one of my few novels after being dumped on a desert island, nor would I have a special place on my bookshelf, and take it out every now and then to scrape moss from the c Many years ago I was told this is one of those books you have to read before you die. Well, I certainly don't think I would take this as one of my few novels after being dumped on a desert island, nor would I have a special place on my bookshelf, and take it out every now and then to scrape moss from the cover and shoo away any unwanted lizards from within the pages, but yes, I am glad to have read it.
My fifth Marquez book had what I would come to expect in terms of magical realism, but through all the death, violence, and weird happenings, I found many of the characters still attached to real life situations, dealing with love, loss and war that had real consequences.