One Hundred Years of Solitude — Gabriel García Márquez : Review
Most of the population who has read this book is shouting acclaims for the story, the plot and the concept of magical realism that Gabo had introduced. So I may be one of those very few who begs to differ.
The cover has the review by Sir Rushdie saying “The greatest novel in any language of the last fifty years”. Wow! Just Wow! I’m so hyped and thrilled!!
The book opens with,
“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
Just great. What better opening line for a book than this?!
The story thus started off and it was interesting. The writing style is amazing. He is a terrific writer. But eventually, I started to miss the point of everything. What is all that is happening.? I started questioning my own literary skills. I had issues with the names. Oh, I did! The sons have the same names as their fathers and then there is incest too. I didn’t know who’s having an affair with whom. I lost it there. Somehow I did manage to finish this classic 450 pages long.
I might have to do a re-reading of this and maybe I might appreciate the book then, but I somehow failed to love this book that is loved by many. I lost my patience at may points but I held on like a good boy. I guess I missed the point(s) that the author was trying to put forth with the story of the Buendías. How civilization changes everything? About human nature?
More power to those who loved this book :)