One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Author)

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Reading Level: 9th − 12th Grade
Series: Modern Classics

"One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. . . . Mr. Garcia Marquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life." --William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review

One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude remains a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiá family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women--brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul--this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

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"One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. It takes up not long after Genesis left off and carries through to the air age, reporting on everything that happened in between with more lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry that is expected from 100 years of novelists, let alone one man. . . . Mr. García Márquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life." — William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review

"More lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry than is expected from 100 years of novelists, let alone one man." — Washington Post Book World

"At 50 years old, García Márquez's masterpiece is as important as ever. . . To experience a towering work like One Hundred Years of Solitude is to be reminded of the humility we should all feel when trying to assert what is true and what is false." — LitHub

"An irresistible work of storytelling, mixing the magic of the fairy tale, the realistic detail of the domestic novel and the breadth of the family saga." — New York Times

"One Hundred Years of Solitude is substantive and substantial, and its prose precise for the simple reason that its sentences are too exquisite to be inessential. It is a novel on which is bestowed the laurels usually awarded to great works of frugal prose. Yet its genius is in the operatic telling." — The Independent

"One Hundred Years of Solitude offers plenty of reflections on loneliness and the passing of time. It can also be seen as a caustic commentary on the evils of war, or a warm appreciation of familial bonds. García Márquez has urgent things to say that still feel close to home, 50 years after the book was first published." — The Guardian

"One of the seminal works of 20th century Latin American fiction, it is a classic." — Variety

"Fecund, savage, irresistible. . . . In all their loves, madness, and wars, their alliances, compromises, dreams and deaths...the characters rear up large and rippling with life against the green pressure of nature itself." — Paul West, Book World

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780060883287
Lexile Measure
1410
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publication date
February 20, 2006
Series
Modern Classics
BISAC categories
FIC019000 - Fiction | Literary
FIC008000 - Fiction | Sagas
FIC061000 - Fiction | Magical Realism
FIC026000 - Fiction | Religious | General
FIC004000 - Fiction | Classics
FIC095000 - Fiction | World Literature | Colombia
Library of Congress categories
Fiction
Social conditions
Epic fiction
Latin America
Macondo (Imaginary place)

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