Cien años de soledad

ISBN: 0785950109
ISBN 13: 9780785950103
By: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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1001 Books Book Club Classics Fantasy Favourites Historical Fiction Latin America Literature Magic Realism Magical Realism

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El libro se compone de 20 capítulos no titulados, en los cuales se narra una historia con una estructura cíclica temporal, ya que los acontecimientos del pueblo y de la familia Buendía, así como los nombres de los personajes se repiten una y otra vez, fusionando la fantasía con la realidad. En los tres primeros capítulos se narra el éxodo de un grupo de familias y el establecimiento del pueblo de Macondo, desde el capítulo 4 hasta el 16 se trata el desarrollo económico, político y social del pueblo y los últimos cuatro capítulos narran su decadencia.

Reader's Thoughts

Kenghis Khan

"The book picks up not too far after Genesis left off." And this fictitious chronicle of the Buendia household in the etherial town of Macondo somewhere in Latin America does just that. Rightly hailed as a masterpiece of the 20th century, Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" will remain on the reading list of every pretentious college kid, every under-employed author, every field-worker in Latin America, and indeed should be "required reading for the entire human race," as one reviewer put it a few decades back.No review, however laconic or ponderous, can do justice to this true piece of art. Perhaps I can only hint at a few of the striking features of the work that are so novel, so insightful, and which make it such a success in my opinion.By far and away the most inspiring element of the work is the author's tone. He reportedly self-conscioulsy wrote in the style that his grandmother back in Columbia used to tell him stories. Thus there is a conversational, meandering, but indeed succinct and perfect narrative voice to whisk the reader through the years of Macondo's fantastical history.Not unrelatedly, the tone has ample visual imagery, with superb attention to detail (and just the right quantity and nature of the detail that surrounds everyday life) to help prod the story along. The dolls of the child-bride treasured by the mother-in-law and heroine Ursula. The paranormal and mundane contrivences of the gypsies that are celebrated in the opening pages and which close the book. The tree to which the mad genius who founded the town and Buendia line is tied and dies in. The pretentious suitcases of the returning emigre. The goldfishes that are the relicts of a disillusioned but celebrated warrior. And the ubiquitous ants. All these objects have their proper place among the daily going abouts of the Buendia family, and serve to weave into the story a sense of BOTH the ordinary and the surreal.There is ample space in this world of Macondo and the Buendias for a sad commentary on that world South of the Rio Grande. Incessant, pointless civil wars. A rigid political and ecclesiastical hierarchy shoved down the throats of decent folk. The rampant exploitation of the tropics by outsiders, both foreign and domesitc. And perhaps most significantly, the strangely marginal and uncomfortable space occupied by technology in daily life in the Latino world. I am surely not alone in uncovering some facet of the work that speaks so boldly and loudly to me. This rich yet surprisingly elegant novel has, it seems, on every page the germinating seeds of an exciting conversation that speaks directly to an observation and experience everybody, and especially those coming to or from Latin America (or any underdeveloped nation), has had.And of course there are the brilliant characters, and the sense one gets of how they are affected by, and in turn affect, their setting. The story is aided by a pedigree one keeps referring to in the beginning of the book, as its immense scope (yes, 100 years) and maddening array of characters demand of the reader to conjure up visualizations of what exactly is going on. It is no wonder that this work is celebrated for being almost biblical in scope.Yes, my review can be condensed into three words: READ THIS BOOK!!!

Paul

Well Mr Marquez may have a Nobel Prize for his mantelpiece and a pretty good imagination for writing what with the levitating women and babies made of ice cream but he has no imagination at all when he is thinking of his characters names which are like to drive you entirely insane in this novel, will you please look at this. There are five people called Arcadio, ,three ladies called Remedios, two ladies called Amaranta and there’s a Pietro and a Petra which look quite similar, and there are 23 people called Aureliano (17 of them sons of an Aureliano, so this father has as much lack of name imagination as Mr Marquez). It does give a reader brain ache trying to remember who is who and why they are levitating and which one lives to be 530 years old. I think this is a very good novel for people who like to go into trances for hours at a time.

Christina White

Torture. This book seemed like it would NEVER end. I didn't enjoy this book... and here are some reasons I came up with:1. I'm not Colombian2. Magical realism makes my head hurt3. Incest is disgusting4. Everyone had the same name and the characters kept dying... therefore I had no investment in the relationships and no sense of a plot that I cared to follow through to the end.Maybe I'm just not intellectual or smart enough to enjoy this book... There are so many reviews of praise. I totally missed the boat on this one.

عمرو الجندى

هذا هو العالم الاخر فى عالم الكتابة ..

Ana

I sometimes feel as if the only thing that matters in my entire life is to read books like this. I sometimes think I was made to turn page after page and unscrew the book out of its hinges, setting it free in my mind and letting it do its biding with my conscience. I sometimes... fall in love, madly in love, with the mind of someone I never met. I fall in love with his stories, I fall in love with his dreams, I fall in love with his nightmares. And the reason why I succumb to this passion is that my loneliness' story is described by his story's loneliness. The ending. Just the ending. Just a hundred years of solitude that were not able to save anyone.

Laura

More like A Hundred Years of Torture. I read this partly in a misguided attempt to expand my literary horizons and partly because my uncle was a big fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Then again, he also used to re-read Ulysses for fun, which just goes to show that you should never take book advice from someone whose IQ is more than 30 points higher than your own.I have patience for a lot of excesses, like verbiage and chocolate, but not for 5000 pages featuring three generations of people with the same names. I finally tore out the family tree at the beginning of the book and used it as a bookmark! To be fair, the book isn’t actually 5000 pages, but also to be fair, the endlessly interwoven stories of bizarre exploits and fantastical phenomena make it seem like it is. The whole time I read it I thought, “This must be what it’s like to be stoned.” Well, actually most of the time I was just trying to keep the characters straight. The rest of the time I was wondering if I was the victim of odorless paint fumes. However, I think I was simply the victim of Marquez’s brand of magical realism, which I can take in short stories but find a bit much to swallow in a long novel. Again, to be fair, this novel is lauded and loved by many, and I can sort of see why. A shimmering panoramic of a village’s history would appeal to those who enjoy tragicomedy laced heavily with fantasy. It’s just way too heavily laced for me.

Martine

I must have missed something. Either that, or some wicked hypnotist has tricked the world (and quite a few of my friends, it would seem) into believing that One Hundred Years of Solitude is a great novel. How did this happen? One Hundred Years of Solitude is not a great novel. In fact, I'm not even sure it qualifies as a novel at all. Rather it reads like a 450-page outline for a novel which accidentally got published instead of the finished product. Oops.Don't get me wrong. I'm not disputing that Marquez has an imaginative mind. He does, unquestionably. Nor am I disputing that he knows how to come up with an interesting story. He obviously does, or this wouldn't be the hugely popular book it is. As far as I'm concerned, though, he forgot to put the finishing touches to his story. In his rush to get the bare bones on paper, he forgot to add the things which bring a story alive. Such as, you know, dialogue. Emotions. Motivations. Character arcs. Pretty basic things, really. By focusing on the external side of things, and by never allowing his characters to speak for themselves (the dialogue in the book amounts to about five pages, if that), Marquez keeps his reader from getting to know his characters, and from understanding why they do the things they do. The lack of characterisation is such that the story basically reads like an unchronological chronicle of deeds and events that go on for ever without any attempt at an explanation or psychological depth. And yes, they're interesting events, I'll grant you that, but they're told with such emotional detachment that I honestly didn't care for any of the characters who experienced them. I kept waiting for Marquez to focus on one character long enough to make me care about what happened to him or her, but he never did, choosing instead to introduce new characters (more Aurelianos... sigh) and move on. I wish to all the gods of fiction he had left out some twenty Aurelianos and focused on the remaining four instead. With three-dimensional characters rather than two-dimensional ones, this could have been a fabulous book. As it is, it's just a shell.What a waste of a perfectly good story.

Bassam Ahmed

ملكيادس مات و خوززيه الجد مات واورسولا ماتت و خوزيه الصايع مات و العقيد اوريليانو مات وروبيكا ماتت و اوريليانو العاشق مات والحزين مات وتيرزيزا كمان ماتت وارمانتا ماتت واوريليانو التاني مات وخوزيه التاني مات وفيه واحد اتولد ف اخر الرواية اسمه اوريليانو برده مات دي بقت مائه عام م الوفيات اصلا :]

Marmor Owais

حينما بدأت بقراءة تلك الملحمة ظننت أن المشكلة التى ستواجهنى هي صعوبة الأسماء الأسبانية ، لكننى لم أدرك أن الصعوبة ليست فى الأسماء لذاتهاولكنها فى تكرارها .. ما هذه العبقرية ! سلالة بالكامل تمدد مائة عام تحملاسمين فقط هما خوسيه أركاديو وأوريليانو .. تلك الرواية لا تستطيع أن تصف أحداثها -على الأقل أتحدث عن نفسى- لكنك تستطيع أن تصف إحساسك بها.هي بالتأكيد عبقريةومذهلة ومبهرة وغريبة فى نفس الوقت .. غريبة بأساطيرها السحرية كداء الأرق وذنب الخنزير دليل على الخطيئة وتجول الأموات.. واختلاط أوريليانو الثاني بخوسيه أركاديو الثاني فعاش كل منهم باسم الأخر، وياللسخرية عند موتهما اختلط التابوتان ودفن كل منهم فى قبر الآخر .. ! لا أستغرب إصابة ماركيز بالخرف فى أواخر حياته فهو بالتأكيد كان يهذى عندما كتب هذه الرواية. كيف استطاع الإتيان بتلك الحبكة الدرامية والعبقريةفى التعبير والإحساس ..يرسم بالكلمات واقع تلك القرية "ماكوندو" التى أنشأها خوسيه أركاديو بوينديا حتى دمرتها الرياح منهية تاريخ تلك السلالة.. "أول السلالة مربوط إلى شجرة وأخرهم يأكله النمل" ما هذه الجملة العبقرية التى تلخص الرواية والتى كتبها ميليكادس فى رقاقه التى تركها .. وكأن الرواية كتبت نهايتها قبل البداية. كنت أود لو لم تنتهى تلك العزلة التى قضيتها بين صفحات تلك الرواية.

Chris

Revised 28 March 2012Huh? Oh. Oh, man. Wow.I just had the weirdest dream.There was this little town, right? And everybody had, like, the same two names. And there was this guy who lived under a tree and a lady who ate dirt and some other guy who just made little gold fishes all the time. And sometimes it rained and sometimes it didn’t, and… and there were fire ants everywhere, and some girl got carried off into the sky by her laundry…Wow. That was messed up.I need some coffee.The was roughly how I felt after reading this book. This is really the only time I’ve ever read a book and thought, “You know, this book would be awesome if I were stoned.” And I don’t even know if being stoned works on books that way.Gabriel Garcia Marquez (which is such a fun name to say) is one of those Writers You Should Read. You know the type – they’re the ones that everyone claims to have read, but no one really has. The ones you put in your online dating profile so that people will think you’re smarter than you really are. You get some kind of intellectual bonus points or something, the kind of highbrow cachet that you just don’t get from reading someone like Stephen King or Clive Barker.Marquez was one of the first writers to use “magical realism,” a style of fantasy wherein the fantastic and the unbelievable are treated as everyday occurrences. While I’m sure it contributed to the modern genre of urban fantasy – which also mixes the fantastic with the real – magical realism doesn’t really go out of its way to point out the weirdness and the bizarrity. These things just happen. A girl floats off into the sky, a man lives far longer than he should, and these things are mentioned in passing as though they were perfectly normal.In this case, Colonel Aureliano Buendia has seventeen illegitimate sons, all named Aureliano, by seventeen different women, and they all come to his house on the same day. Remedios the Beauty is a girl so beautiful that men just waste away in front of her, but she doesn’t even notice. The twins Aureliano Segundo and Jose Arcadio Segundo may have, in fact, switched identities when they were children, but no one knows for sure – not even them. In the small town of Macondo, weird things happen all the time, and nobody really notices. Or if they do notice that, for example, the town’s patriarch has been living for the last twenty years tied to a chestnut tree, nobody thinks anything is at all unusual about it.This, of course, is a great example of Dream Logic – the weird seems normal to a dreamer, and you have no reason to question anything that’s happening around you. Or if you do notice that something is wrong, but no one else seems to be worried about it, then you try to pretend like coming to work dressed only in a pair of spangly stripper briefs and a cowboy hat is perfectly normal.Another element of dreaminess that pervades this book is that there’s really no story here, at least not in the way that we have come to expect. Reading this book is kind of like a really weird game of The Sims - it’s about a family that keeps getting bigger and bigger, and something happens to everybody. So, the narrator moves around from one character to another, giving them their moment for a little while, and then it moves on to someone else, very smoothly and without much fanfare. There’s very little dialogue, so the story can shift very easily, and it often does.Each character has their story to tell, but you’re not allowed to linger for very long on any one of them before Garcia shows you what’s happening to someone else. The result is one long, continuous narrative about this large and ultimately doomed family, wherein the Buendia family itself is the main character, and the actual family members are secondary to that.It was certainly an interesting reading experience, but it took a while to get through. I actually kept falling asleep as I read it, which is unusual for me. But perhaps that’s what Garcia would have wanted to happen. By reading his book, I slipped off into that non-world of dreams and illusions, where the fantastic is commonplace and ice is something your father takes you to discover.------“[Arcadio] imposed obligatory military service for men over eighteen, declared to be public property any animals walking the streets after six in the evening, and made men who were overage wear red armbands. He sequestered Father Nicanor in the parish house under pain of execution and prohibited him from saying mass or ringing the bells unless it was for a Liberal victory. In order that no one would doubt the severity of his aims, he ordered a firing squad organized in the square and had it shoot a scarecrow. At first no one took him seriously.”

E7san

كل الروايات تحكي حقبًا متفرقة من الزمن ، لكنّ مئة عام من العزلة تحكي الزمن ذاته !استطاع ماركيز أن يخترع عالمًا ، أن يبني كوكبا جديدا اسمه " ماكوندو " يوزع عليه شخصيات إنسانية متشابهة الأسماء ، تختلف عنا تمامًا ، تشبهنا تماما !من أين أبدئ ؟ حسنًا دعني أخبرك عن خط الزمن الذي خطه ماركيز ، لقد خلق ذاكرة في الكتاب ينقلها من يد شخصية إلى يد أخرى دون أن يعي القارئ بذلك !لقد كان خوزيه أركاديو بونديه هو أول من حمل هذه الذاكرة حتى لكأنك تعتقد بأنه بطل هذه الرواية ، ثم انتقلت بخفة إلى يد زوجته أورسولا ، ولربما كانا أطهر من في العائلة وأشدها طيبة وبراءة وإنسانية .ثم انتقلت الذاكرة - وحينها كانت ذاكرة ممتلئة كقربة مسافر - إلى يد العقيد أورنيول بونديه الابن الأصغر لأورسولا وخوزيه والذي أعتقد بأنه أكثر شخصية حصلت على تركيزي في الكتاب !وهكذا تنتقل الذاكرة من يد إلى أخرى حتى تصل إلى نهاية الملحمة لتبدئ بالتلاشي تدريجيًا ثم الاختفاء لتردد في نفسك : هل كنت أحلم أم أتخيل فيلمًا لم يصور بعد ؟والرواية على فوضوية أحداثها وتداخل أسماء أبطالها وغزارة أحداثها إلاّ أنّ حرفًا فيها لم يكن عبثًا ! حتى تلك الحوادث التي قد تبدو لك صدفًا أدبية حشا بها ماركيز الرواية .. أؤكد لك أنها لم تكن كذلك !والرواية بؤرة إنسانية عميقة ، إذا دخلتها وجدت كل صفات وأفعال الإنسان الجميلة جدا فيها والقبيحة جدا كذلك !ما الذي لم تحمله هذه الرواية للإنسان ؟السياسة والاقتصاد والحرب والحب والكراهية والعائلة والموت والأمومة والثقافة والعلوم والحكمة والشجع ... كل شيء كل شيءإنها رواية تستحق أن تعيشها لا أن تقرأها فحسب :)أكثر ما أثارني في الرواية كانت قصة موت أمارنتا !أن يأتي الموت إليك على شكل امرأة عجوز ثم يطلب منك البدء بخياطة كفنك وتطريزه لأنه سيزورك للمرة الأخيرة عندما تنتهي من فعل ذلكيالها من رمزية عجيبة .. بحق الله !كذلك تأثرت جدا بقصة العقيد أورليانو وتقلب قلبه الحر والصراع المحتدم الدائم بين ملائكته وشيطانه .عشت الغربة التي عاشتها روبيكا ، آلامها وشيخوختها وأمراضها القديمة .أحببتُ الجد الأول لهذه العائلة المجنونة خوزيه أركاديو بونديه ، أحببت موته اللطيف تحت شجرة الكستناء .كرهت أورليانو الثاني ، أشفقت على خوزيه أركاديو الثاني ، تقززت من أمارنتا أورسولا ، شعرت بالجنة التي أحاطت بروميديوس الجميلة :")إنه لمن المذهل كيف استطاع ماركيز اختصار مئة عام من العزلة في رواية واحدة ، عندما أفكر بهذا الآن أشعر بعبقريته وقدرته غير المحدودة .بقي أن أبدي تحفظي الشديد تجاه أخلاقيات الرواية ، فلم أقرأ في حياتي نصًا احتوى هذه الكمية من الدعارة والبؤس والقبح والقذارة .لكن قيمة الرواية الإنسانية إضافة إلى الأصل الجنوب أمريكي للكاتب - حيث الانحطاط الأخلاقي واقعا معاش - سمحت لي بتجاوز هذا الانحطاط ، ولأول مرة في حياتي أفعل ذلك ، أنا التي أمتلك حساسية أخلاقية شديدة للأعمال الأدبية .ومع ذلك فقد سرقت نجمة واحدة من نجمات التقييم بسبب هذه الأخلاقيات :)

Adam

So I know that I'm supposed to like this book because it is a classic and by the same author who wrote Love in the Time of Cholera. Unfortunately, I just think it is unbelievably boring with a jagged plot that seems interminable. Sure, the language is interesting and the first line is the stuff of University English courses. Sometimes I think books get tagged with the "classic" label because some academics read them and didn't understand and so they hailed these books as genius. These same academics then make a sport of looking down their noses at readers who don't like these books for the very same reasons. (If this all sounds too specific, yes I had this conversation with a professor of mine).I know that other people love this book and more power to them, I've tried to read it all the way through three different times and never made it past 250 pages before I get so bored keeping up with all the births, deaths, magical events and mythical legends. I'll put it this way, I don't like this book for the same reason that I never took up smoking. If I have to force myself to like it, what's the point. When I start coughing and hacking on the first cigarette, that is my body telling me this isn't good for me and I should quit right there. When I start nodding off on the second page of One Hundred Years of Solitude that is my mind trying to tell me I should find a better way to pass my time.

Mister Jones

I must be missing something about this one, and whatever it is, I know it's not much.I didn't enjoy it; I wanted it to be a fulfilling and rewarding read; I want it to be everything that everyone else said it was and then some.So, I learned that some works aren't worth it--not worth reading, not worth the time, and not worth putting faith in what others may deem "a beautiful book."Marquez pops characters in and out with different brief activities and events, scattering them into a literary collage; humans with tails, and a girl who eats dirt..those things would be interesting if a story was surrounding each one, but there isn't. It's like going to a carnival looking through a peep hole and seeing a freak of nature briefly.To just pop these abnormalities in as being convincing, which it sure as hell isn't, seems to be stretching the point of lucidity and literary, and after that, I stopped reading--because there's a big difference in reading and just wallowing in a collage of intellectual masturbation where events and names are continuously wrapped around the charming misnomer:"magic realism." Ultimately, it's monotonous, confusing, and in the end boring as hell.I've given it no stars because I'm so full of magic realism. I'm real and can perform magic,and I'm far more convincing than this pretentious work ever could be. Watch me: I'm waving my literary wand and sending 100 Days of Boring Crap on a magic carpet ride directly into my "crap that actually got published" bin. BRAVO!

Ahmad Ashkaibi

قبل أن أقول رأيي في الكتاب... أقول لمن نصحني به: سامحك الله على هذ النصحية.. أضعت مالي ووقتي فيما لا يفيد....ثم أتعجب من أولئك الذين أعجبهم الكتاب بحيث وضعوا له خمس نجمات... بل وإن منهم من يقول إن الكتاب غير حياته... لا أدري هل كان هذا الكتاب الوحيد الذي قرأوه في حياتهم؟ هل غابت عنهم عيون الأدب؟ لا أدري ماذا حل بالذوق الأدبي للقراء العرب...ومن ثم أقول للمترجم... هداك الله.. ضيعت وقتك وأوقاتنا في غير فائدة.. المصيبة أنه يعلق على ترجمته للكتاب فيقول إن هذه الرواية من أجمل ما قرأ!لا أدري ما هو سر ولع كتاب أمريكا اللاتينية بالغجر والكيمياء وتحويل المعادن إلى ذهب وحجر الفلاسفة (آه من حجر الفلاسفة) والعرب ... عندما قرأت "الخيميائي" لباولو كويلو صدمت صدمة عنيفة به لكنني أكملته إلى آخره... وهذا الكتاب يشبهه إلى حد كبير جدا... يتنقل بك الكاتب بين الأحداث كما يتنقل الطائر وهو ينقر الحب عن الأرض.... المفروض أن تشدك الرواية لقراءتها لكنني لم أستطع أن أتجاوز الصفحة 49 من الكتاب...إذ تخيلت نفسي وأنا أقرأه كمن يمشي حافيا على الحصى في ساعة القيظ...يكاد يكون لجميع الرجال في الرواية الاسم ذاته وهو "خوزيه أركاديو" بحيث يضطر الكاتب إلى التفرقة بينهم بترقيمهم : خوزيه الأول والحفيد والابن والجد وهكذا...بالمختصر المفيد.. الكتاب سيء جدا بكل المعايير ..ولا أنصح به أجدا خصوصا من يمتلك ذوقا رفيعا في الأدب ومن ينتقي ما يقرأه بعناية...تشتت وضياع... إباحية...وعلاقات محرمة (سفاح) بين الأقارب... ومضيعة كبيرة للوقت...الحياة قصيرة لتضيعها في قراءة كتاب سيء كهذا.....

brian

i remember the day i stopped watching cartoons: an episode of thundercats in which a few of the cats were trapped in some kind of superbubble thing and it hit me that, being cartoons, the characters could just be erased and re-drawn outside the bubble. or could just fly away. or tunnel their way out. or teleport. or do whatever, really, they wanted... afterall they were line and color in a world of line and color. now this applies to any work of fiction -- i mean, Cervantes could've just written Don Quixote out of any perilous situation, but it just felt different with a lowest-common-denominator cartoon. it felt that adherence to reality (reality as defined within the world of the cartoon) wasn’t a top priority. this ended my cartoon watching days and i’ve pored over it in the years that followed: was it a severe lack or an overabundence of imagination that made it so that while all my friends were digging saturday morning cartoons i alternated between tormenting my parents and attempting to use logic to disprove the fact that everyone i knew and everyone i ever would know was gonna die?i had a similar experience with One Hundred Years of Solitude. the first chapter is just brilliant: gypsies bring items to Macondo, a village hidden away from mass civilization by miles of swamp and mountains… these everyday items (magnets, ice, etc.) are interpreted as ‘magic’ by people who have never seen them and it forces the reader to reconfigure his/her perception of much of what s/he formerly found ordinary. amazing. and then the gypsies bring a magic carpet. a real one. one that works. and there is no distinction b/t magnets and the magic carpet. this, i guess, is magical realism. and i had a Thundercats moment. lemme explain:the magic carpet immediately renders all that preceded it as irrelevant. are ice and magnets the same as magic carpets? what is the relation between magic and science? how can i trust and believe in a character who takes such pains to understand ice and magnets and who, using the most primitive scientific means, works day and night to discover that the earth is round -- but then will just accept that carpets can fly? or that people can instantaneously increase their body weight sevenfold by pure will? or that human blood can twist and turn through streets to find a specific person? fuck the characters, how can i trust the writer if the world is totally undefined? if people can refuse to die (and it’s not explained who or how or why): where are the stakes? if someone can make themselves weigh 1000 pounds, what can’t they do? how can i care about any situation if Garcia Marquez can simply make the persons involved sprout wings and fly away? should the book be read as fairy-tale? as myth? as allegory? no. i don’t think it’s meant to be read solely as any of those. and i’d label anyone a fraud who tried to explain away a 500 page book as mere allegory. moreover, i don’t believe Garcia Marquez has as fertile an imagination as Borges or Cervantes or Mutis –- three chaps who, perhaps, could pull something like this off on storytelling power alone; but three chaps who, though they may dabble in this stuff, clearly define the world their characters inhabit. so i’m at page 200. and i’m gonna try and push on. but it’s tough. do i care when someone dies when death isn’t permanent? and do i care about characters who have seen death reversed but don’t freak the fuck out (which is inconsistent with what does make them freak the fuck out) and who also continue to cry when someone dies? yes, there are some gems along the way, but i think had Solitude been structured as a large collection of interconnected short stories (kinda like a magical realism Winesberg, Ohio) it would've worked much better. this is one of the most beloved books of all time and i’m not so arrogant (damn close) to discount the word of all these people (although I do have gothboy, DFJ, and Borges on my side -- a strong argument for or against anything), and not so blind to see the joy this brings to so many people… i fully understand it's a powerful piece of work. but i really don’t get it. and i aggressively recommend The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll to any and all who find Solitude to be the end all and be all.

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