A story about this — 5 years ago
It’s almost impossible for me to write a review on this book. It seems like the reading of it went by in flash, and by the last page I wasn’t ready for it to end. It’s easy to read this book and be overwhelmed, be scared that you’re missing something, because just about everybody makes a big deal about this book. So I found myself reading it and being very conscious of every single word. That’s probably why I noticed that the word ‘solitude’ is used alot, almost on every page or second page.
The novel explores themes of magical realism, fate, solitude, and time. In a period of one hundred years it tells the story of the rise and fall of the Buendias family, a fictional family but told against the backdrop of the history of Columbia during that time. What may be worth nothing is that it’s a tale told about and ‘by’ the ‘losers. It’s often said that History is written by the winners. This story is different in that way. The author gave a voice to people who may not otherwise have ever been heard.
That’s the best I can do here. Try to make sense of it. But I would definitely recommend it. It’s the kind of book that’s perfect for a bookclub though, so that it can be discussed. It was in my bookclub about two years ago, but this is the first time I’m getting to it. Now I wish I had read it then, so that I could have heard what the others had to say on it.