Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s modern classic One Hundred Years of Solitude covers the journey of seven generations of the Buendia family. This masterpiece of magical realism genre beautifully captures the unending conflict between the desire for solitude and the undeniable need for love.
Summary of the Book
This is a story of seven generations of the Buendia family and a city named Macondo, founded by the patriarch of the family, José Arcadio Buendía. Surrounded by mountains, Macondo has its own ups and downs, disasters and miracles, and wars and wonders. Through the medium of magical realism, this masterpiece depicts the Columbian life by blending the political reality with elements of magic, and fantasy with comical interventions.
About Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Born in 1927 in a small town situated in a tropical region of northern Colombia, between the mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Gabriel Garcia Marquez grew up with his grandfather. He began to study law but left his studies to work as a journalist. In 1954 he was sent to Rome on an assignment for his newspaper, and since then he has mostly lived abroad. When he started writing, he popularized a literary style known as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations. Some of his works are set in the fictional village of Macondo (mainly inspired by his birthplace, Aracataca), and most of them explore the theme of solitude.