|100 Years of Solitude - One of the best classic literature!|
I've been eyeing this book for quite some time. At first I thought of buying it as it's been under the recommended book list to read from many book store. However, I ended up buying 'Love in the Time of Cholera'. But I was lucky enough finding this book in the library and before reading this thick book of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I started off with his four short story books, which from there, I managed to learn his style of writing and typical things that I had to adopt, such as: to recognize the Spanish names that can be used repeatedly over and over again under the different generations, the three words names that you have to think refers to which character in the story, the relationship between one person and another, and so on.
|Characters in the One Hundred Years of Solitude|
Look at the above family tree chart! 'Jose Arcadio' is used by four persons from different generations and 'Aureliano' is used five times. 'Amaranta', 'Ursula', and 'Remedios' are used twice each.
Basically, this book describes the story of the everyone inside the family tree above. From one couple (Jose Arcadio Buendia with Ursula Iguaran), it develops into many generations. It consists of 420 pages and it took me two weeks to finally finish reading it :)
I had quite a hard time when it came into the middle part of the book when it described the war time but it ended smoothly and made the whole thing interesting to read. I had to refer the family tree chart for many many times to see their relations again and again. But I'm proud of myself that I am finally able to read such a 'classic' story that I used to give up before even started.
It describes such a long history of the family, over 100 years, and many family members due to one or many reasons chose to lead a life of solitude and sometimes it made me wonder what life means to each of us as a human being and no matter what we do, at the end of the day, we will all die and leave this world.
There are lots of twists and turns in the story and the forbidden love that they shouldn't have. Overall, it's really a nice story to go through and at the mean time I'll take a break from his book and read another one as I found it quite heavy and had to stop reading every half an hour :D