Book—One Hundred Years Of Solitude

Now reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

This is a biggie and I begin this read with some trepidation. It is like Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace—everybody claims to have read it and “so should you because it is epic in scale and is considered one of the most celebrated works of fiction.” Well, this One Hundred Years Of Solitude, first published in Spanish in 1967, has won the author the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. According to Wikipedia, the author “is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century” and this novel “topped the list of books that have most shaped world literature over the last 25 years, according to a survey of international writers.” With such good press, in a manner of speaking, it might set me up for a huge letdown if I don’t like it. Well, the book I am reading is only 383 pages long so it is no War and Peace, more like a Tom Clancy’s book. So here goes…

[Tidbit]
Gabriel García Márquez also wrote Love in the Time of Cholera upon which the movie of the same name was based. Yes, the one starring Javier Bardem, and where you see, flinchingly, I might add, two very old people shagging each other.

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2 thoughts on “Book—One Hundred Years Of Solitude

  1. Yes, Rayner, I’d feel the same way after reading a book I don’t ‘like’. I could have used the time to read another book. But sometimes a book is good the first half and starts to get a little disappointing somewhere in the middle. I hope you’ll enjoy ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, though. I have ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ in my unread pile.
    Your last line reminds me of a Chinese TV serial aired on RTM years ago. I didn’t know what was happening until the scene changed! It was shown at 6pm… with kiddies in front of their TV. Hopefully they were slow like me!

    • Hi!

      Thanks for the comment. I seldom, seldom don’t finish a book I started. The book may be not to my taste halfway or even downright asinine but I will finish. Almost always there is a saving grace to any literary work even if it is just the effort put in by the author.

      I was reading “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson, an amazon.com top seller (390 days in the top 100) and I just have to find out what it is that people like about this story. I told my elder son he should read it. “Huh, it sucks!” That literature snob! But at least I know he waded through it.

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