Life and dreams and the past mix with reality and the present moment. Ice burns hot. A beautiful girl in the village is taken up to heaven. A character discovers the history of his family has been recorded one-hundred years in advance. The pursuit of alchemy or taking a photo of God is pursued. Revolutions are common. Insomnia is a plague. One Hundred Years of Solitude describes a timeless place and time.
There seems to be no time or place. The village, Macondo, is primordial and incestual. The story centers around Jose Arcadio Buendia and his wife Ursula and their five generations of descendants. Their descendants are Jose and Ursula in different forms and strengths and weaknesses as history repeats itself.
The novel is comic and tragic at the same time. It’s myth and a Genesis. It is magic realism with all the elements of a great read: love, war, sex, myth, history, change, wealth, poverty and much more.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
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