February 22, 2010

March 2010: 100 Years of Solitude

"100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It is not easy to describe the techniques and themes of the book without making it sound absurdly complicated, labored and almost impossible to read. In fact, it is none of these things. Though concocted of quirks, ancient mysteries, family secrets and peculiar contradictions, it makes sense and gives pleasure in dozens of immediate ways.
Books of the Century, The New York Times review March, 1970

Kasey: I liked it. It took me a long time to finish, but it was an interesting story and ending. I was glad I finished it.

Amanda: I would retitle this book "100 Years of Reading". It would have been a much easier read if the author had not given the same dadgon name to each new kid!

Jerilyn: I tried and tried, but I didn’t get it.

Jen S.: It wasn't really a page turner for me. I just barely made it past page 75.

Stephanie: Can see why it's considered a great work of prose....however, makes it difficult to quickly read! Would like to try and read it someday when I have more time to focus on it.

Aday: Attempting to read (and finish) this book with pregnant brain was probably a bad idea. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn’t get past page 150.

Kerry: I didn't finish, I was so embarrassed! It was just wasn't my kind of book. Too much fantasy and the characters were so weird! It reminded me of books that I had to read in school and I could never finish them because someone had told me to read them and that made them seem less appealing. My husband totally shamed me though, he knows the first line of the book and has never read it! Apparently everyone knows it (but me).

Holly: Snooze alert.

Barb: Did not attempt due to anti-hype and self-awareness when it comes to long books.

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