One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel García Márquez
🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences
How I Discovered It
Who Should Read It?
☘️ How the Book Changed Me
How my life / behaviour / thoughts / ideas have changed as a result of reading the book.
✍️ My Top 3 Quotes
Goals for discussing the texts and chapters
- Give names to chapters as we see fit, after discussion.
- Naming according to what has happened with Macondo and characters.
- Observe the technological advancement, from alchemical laboratory to introduction of correspondence.
Several interesting points to contemplate and discuss
- the Original book lacked chapter division.
- I think it was done deliberately to accentuate the unstoppable flow of time.
- Things in the novel never stop from happening, and even short exchanges between characters don’t break the weaved by Marquez magic.
- The book is filled with magic and unexpected occurrences that are hard to explain.
- Levitation of the priest and flying away of Remedios the Beauty.
- The prevailing smell emanated from the corpse of Jose Arcadio. It was so strong that the habitats of Macondo built a sarcophagus around his corpse.
- Smell of Remedios the Beauty that drove men to madness over her.
- Various magical signs.
- A trickle of blood that ran through town and right to the feet of Ursula, announcing the death of her son.
- Crosse from ashes that couldn’t be washed away from the heads of 17 Aurelianoses.
- Butterflies around Mauricio, yellow insects, must have some meaning.
- The exaggeration of the book is so blown out of proportion that sometimes it’s hard to believe.
- As the author said numerous times, when we point to a single pink elephant, no one pays attention. But as soon as you say that there are seventeen pink, flying elephants, then the story attracts attention.
- Just some exaggeration of the novel.
- The longevity of Ursula.
- Four years of rain. It’s a deluge, BTW.
- Loss of memory from insomnia.
- The heaviest and most interesting topic. Obviously, solitude is the central theme of the novel, but not only this.
- Limited control over one’s fate and the inevitability of what has been written by some Demiurge.
- Solitude is the reflection of the egoism of the Buendinas.
- They are all no more solitary individuals living together under a single roof of the house as strangers.
- This is one of a hell of tragedy.
- The King, the father of the family.
- To them, the world of wonders and magic, slowly but with certainty, turns into the world of suffering.
- Dreams and expectations stay unfulfilled.
- Life has become an endless circle of suffering.
- The peace of mind, Buendinas attain only at the deathbed, after reliving their life in memory.
- The town of Macondo with the progress of the novel changes from the Garden of Eden into the Hell pit.
📚 Related Books
- [[One hundred years of solitude.canvas]] the last meeting is there.
- Macondo by Netflix, soon to be released.