I have to say that I liked Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude a lot less than Love in the Time of Cholera. The story revolves around the Buendía Family in the fictional Columbian town of Macondo. For those that grew up in Latino households, the story has a very familiar vein. It involves inter-generational trauma, drama, and repeating cycles – for better or for worse. The small town is cut off from the rest of civilization, and it seems to the reader that the solitude precipitates much of the drama, romance, and crime between the individuals. It gives the phrase Hasta en las mejores familias a whole other literary meaning because the Buendía would be the most prominent family in town. I’d recommend this to readers that have a strong sense of loyalty to the Latino culture and/or want to explore more literature from Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York: Ballantine Books, 2013.
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