Tuesday, May 19, 2009

#20 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

You get the sense of sleepwalking through a long and detailed dream while reading this book.  It is the fantastical story of four generations of the Buendia family living in Macondo, a village of vague locale, isolated from the rest of the world. Time seems to have no beginning or end as people are born, grow up, live and die.   Juan Arcadio Buendia, the patriarch of the family, tries to end Macondo’s isolation by finding a path to the rest of the world and bringing the townspeople into the modern age. But as Macondo becomes more modernized and sophisticated, each member of the family is left in despair, frustration, and solitude.

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