One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Book Review #165)

I rate this book 1.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 21/03/18

My 21st book this year)

This book is about the Buendia Family whose patriarch founded the village of Maconda. Maconda is in the middle of nowhere, isolated yet the village continues to grow. The Buendia Family grows with it and then life is lived much like in the olden days. Many generations unfold within the story as love and loss is told in a flow of images that have helped nourish Maconda and its residents.

***SPOILER ALERT***

There really is very little to talk about after painstakingly finally reaching the end of this story. I absolutely hated the majority of this book. The characters throughout each generation had the same names which made it extremely confusing.

I think the basis for this story is love and loss. The difficulties that every family face behind closed doors. Good and bad characters stem from anywhere no matter your upbringing.

The only part I enjoyed was the introduction to the story when the first Buendia man’s son glimpses the travelling gypsies. Where the mysteries of the outside world are intriguing and interesting to their remote village of seclusion.

Throughout most of the book I felt the urge to just put the book down and to stop wasting time. The language and translation left me feeling calm and peaceful but the storyline itself just didn’t work for me. Apologies to the author and for other fans of this book, I guess I just don’t know how to appreciate the classics yet. I definitely cannot recommend this book to other readers and I think I wont be picking up another classic for a while.

Written by Ling Lee (21/03/18).

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