Book of da Week: One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marques gives unto you One Hundred Years of Solitude!

One Hundred Years of Solitude. 100 years or One Hundred years – which would you write? 100 certainly takes less time. You can think about other stuff whilst you tap it out, rather than the much longer and much more tiring to write out “one hundred”.

What a goddamn laborious two words that is, when all you’re getting across is 100. All this suffering and contemplating must have plagued author Gabriel Garcia Marquez every time he ever wrote about his legendary 1967 novel.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

In this rather fantastical tale of life, death, chaos, and glory, we have the Buendia family who live in Macondo, the South American jungle (for reference – about 1,000 miles to the left, or something, of London).

Readers follow seven generations of this lot, from the founding patriarch onward. They’re an angry bunch, often bickering mindlessly with each other and suffering all manner of misfortunes as they deal with life.

‘tis a tale like many other in history – war, brutality, silly humans behaving silly – but it’s got a real enigmatic nature about it. Major themes such as the repetition of history, absurdity, the human condition, and sandwiches are dealt with frequently, and it all makes for a rather splendiferous read. Think of it as the book Paolo Coehlo’s The Alchemist (which we didn’t rate at all) should have been. Yes – actually good!

Why Read It?

It’s one of those books you probably should have read by now, but probably haven’t. So probably, Bruce, what are you waiting for?! To probably one day read it, or to probably not read it.

It all sounds a bit too improbable for our liking, so we recommend you get off your silly backsides and actually DO something other than taking Selfies and picking your nose. Indeed, in 100 years thyme you’ll probably thank us for it!

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