One Hundred Years of Solitude
Probably García Márquez finest and most famous work.
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family.
Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, alive with unforgettable men and women, and with a truth and understanding that strike the soul.
One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece of the art of fiction.
One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) is the story of seven generations of the Buendía Family in the town of Macondo.
The founding patriarch of Macondo, José Arcadio Buendía, and úrsula, his wife (and first cousin)， leave Riohacha, Colombia, to find a better life and a new home.
One night of their emigration journey, whilst camping on a riverbank, José Arcadio Buendía dreams of “Macondo”， a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it.
Upon awakening, he decides to found Macondo at the river side; after days of wandering the jungle, José Arcadio Buendía’s founding of Macondo is utopic.
Founding patriarch José Arcadio Buendía believes Macondo to be surrounded by water, and from that island, he invents the world according to his perceptions.
Soon after its foundation, Macondo becomes a town frequented by unusual and extraordinary events that involve the generations of the Buendía family, who are unable or unwilling to escape their periodic (mostly) self-inflicted misfortunes.
Ultimately, a hurricane destroys Macondo, the city of mirrors; just the cyclical turmoil inherent to Macondo.
At story’s end, a Buendía man deciphers an encrypted cipher that generations of Buendía family men had failed to decipher.
The secret message informed the recipient of every fortune and misfortune lived by the Buendía Family generations.
or this month,I have been reading a famous book which is written by García Márquez,a famed Colombian writer who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982 because of his great and positive influence on the Latin American literature circle.
This book is called 《One Hundred Years of Solitude》which is in the style of magic realism,a writing skill combines the reality and fantasy.
This book is so precious and worth-reading that people put it at the same position as the 《Don Quixote de la Mancha》(堂吉柯德)and regard the two as the best Spanish books in the whole history.
In order to know what the book tells and expresses roudly,I firstly read the Chinese version and then to the English version.
I feel myself sagacious for I have done this.
And before I come to write some of my thoughts,I have to say that this book is so complex that almost everyone called the same names and you can’t predict accurately anyone’s future because he might dies or be insane,or even has a sex with his aunt or his bigger brother’s mistress and then have a baby who will also be called the same name as the baby‘s father all of a sudden.
But as you go on reading,because of the fancinating ,compact structure and fancy writing skill,you will be addicted to imgining all the characters in your mind and chat with them and then gradually touch the deepest and softest part of their hearts to feel their eternal solitude.
Surely you will feel sory to all of them and understand their crazy actions are all forced by the fearful solitude.
García Márquez makes up a town called Macondo and the protagonists——the Buendías,lives there for more than one hundred years.
During this period,the Buendías goes from prosperity to decay and everyone dies with solitude.
This family includes seven generations and everyone is willing to adventure and full of passion,but they don’t like having a heart-to-heart talk and they release pressure only through sex .
It is said that this book shows the sruggle and loneliness of Latin America and the Macondo Town is actually a epitome of Latin America.
For a long time,people in Latin America constantly started the civil wars and fought with their compatriots and many of them are fooled by ridiculious religion,so that these areas are still poor and underdeveloped and are like pathetic children abandoned by all other countries.
This is a country’s and history’s solitude.
So this book gains a lot of admiration and agreement from the people of Latin America.
And weappreciate García Márquez for he gives us a way to know these people and strikes a chord with people from other underdeveloped country like us.
But actually for me,I can’t force myself to believe this book is a review or reminiscences of the 100-year history of Latin America.
I prefer to regard it as an instructive and meaningful book which gives us guidance and warning to avoid being lonely and isolated.
When we probe into this book deeper and wonder why everyone lives so lamentably,we can see that it is not just because of the short of supplies or the lack of status and fame.
If so,the book would not be praised but on the contrary it would be criticized to be superficial and naïve.
In fact, García Márquez points that the real solitude is from fate and death.
It is just like everyone called Aurelian in the Buendías are always composed and calm but in the end will all become callous and indifferenced to all other things.