One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad)
This novel is excellent multiplied by 100. It is so expansive and comprehensive, that I would call it an in-depth, fascinating study of human behavior. Our obsessions, wars, superstitions, the pointlessness of life and the will to just live it. Of course, like human existence itself, it is at times hilarious but never just "pretty" ... and it does not end well. If you are reading it in Spanish, it is good to have a dictionary, because the diction is very sophisticated.
/Jovan D. Abrego, United States
I like it because it makes a real world which we can enjoy between our called "reality". García Marquez is more than a Nobel prize.
It's so amazing.
/Bekir Emre Askin, Turkey
It's the best book I read ... it combines magic with realism and gives a deep insight about the life in Latin America.
Because of its magical realism.
/Manibabu. K, India
One Hundred Years of Solitude has come to be considered one of, if not the, most influential Latin American texts of all time, the novel and Gabriel García Márquez have both received occasional criticisms.
/Do Trung Hau, Vietnam
Represent different moment in the life!
/Beatriz Macias, Colombia
Beautiful, poetic writing, masterful storytelling and the best ending of any book I have read.
/Dianna, United States
The history is as important as the way it is told, the narrative is evocative, nostalgic and brilliant. Years after you read it - never too many in my case since I revisiting it a lot - you suddenly remember a phrase and related it to your everyday life. Every time I smell something burned I think "huele a chamusquina" and can't see a fair without wondering if does are the kind of gypsies that have the bars that attract metals of if there are read minders between them. It is a book for a lifetime.
/Lucy Virgen, Mexico
Reading Garcia Marquez's Solitude is yet another memorable highlight in my two-decade-long relationship with books! The magical realism in the book is simply blowing my mind, thanks to the Maestro, Solitude has shown us the amazing power of the ancient craft called storytelling!
/Ke Jing Goh, Malaysia
I love to spend some days, each two or three year, with the Buendía family.
/Gustavo Aquino, Argentina
It is so great, marvelous and wonderful like Don Quixote, it reaches in worlds and facts plenty of good humour.
/Marta Gallo, Colombia
How do I even begin to describe this masterpiece? It's for individuals to discover it for themselves ...
/Saon Bhattacharya, India
Set in a small town near the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the novel defines the limitlessess of the imagination to conquer hardship, suffering, and similar to the Bible offers stories on how to understand, enjoy and endure family legacy. It started the new literary genre of magico-realism and gave a new literary voice to story-telling.
/Catherine Rodgers Giussani, Italy
It's a magic novel, who takes you through a century with whirling realism and fantasy!
The best novel in Spanish of the 20th century.
/Ricardo, United States
I have read this book many times and each time I read it, I discover new things, new magic in this story rather absurd, but incredible. Is a book that could be read many times and is always fun.
/Arturo Diaz, Mexico
Beautiful romance that brings sophisticated characters.
/Marleth Silva, Brazil
mMgical poetic prose.
/Mathew Joseph, United Arab Emirates
I like because of its epic grandeur with which García Márquez condensed so many aspects of human life into a single book.
/S M Maniruzzaman, Bangladesh
It is maybe the most beautiful and strange book I have ever read. Thank you Gabriel because you make me interested in something.
The novel slowly infiltrates into an entirely forgotten realm of imagination in our minds and gives us the mesmerizing truth that every reality is an extension of a practical imagination with the same kind of key,like a door which can be opened in either ways ... the greatness of this book is in meticulously conjoining these two realms ... giving us a very beautiful world of experiences and dreams.
/Grinjo Joseph, India
So cutely written one can't put the book with out finishing at a straight. The hero and his grandma a are really of admiring.
/Sameer Kiro, India
Once you start reading the book, you won't stop until you finish!!! It's a mystery from the first Buendia until the last one, it is such a great history!!!
/Sara Soria, Bolivia
I loved the way the book began. I'm not sure if this is the right way to describe it - but it is like cocaine to an addict- you just want to keep going, asking for more. Loved the way the story spins and the elements of surprise. Most importantly, this is a book that I could read a few months later and derive another meaning from it. It gives you a new idea every time you read it - that's its beauty. You never get tired reading it over and over again. The way the story begins is remarkable. Loved it!
I am a Brazilian man, and here in Brazil we unfortunately had lost most of our connection with the other countries and cultures of Latin America. And when I read one hundred years of solitude I felt reconnected with my brothers of land. The histories in the book are the history of my grandmother, my father, and myself. The Latin-American saga. We usually forget how wonderful is the existence on earth, and this book allowed me to try the world with clear eyes and free emotions.
/João Pedro Campos, Brazil
No one on earth can depict solitude as Marquez does.
/Paola Estefania, Argentina
The author's ability to mix fantasy with reality smoothly and naturally greatly impressed me.
/Jonathan Spector, Israel
I judge a books on two main criteria content and style of writing, this novel is worth comparing with any other great book on these parameter, story is so realistic, evolving and full of message and written so lyrically.
/Soulat Khan, Pakistan
I live in Pakistan, when I read this book I feel I'm standing around where all characters moving and wait for the ending. It's only because the G.G. Marquez way of writing, I'm feel very proud if G.G. Marquez send me a sign picture with my name
/Akhter Molani, Pakistan
The book is an odyssey of Buvendia family in the city of Maconda, the land of mysteries ,where flowers and loneliness showers like rain ... a masterpiece in magical realism.
It's an amazing magic word, writed with beauty histories, characters and history.
/Fernando Benavides, Mexico
It is a complete novel, doesn't separate reality from magic and can be enjoyed by both the erudite and the inexperienced reader alike.
/Edgar Guevara, Canada
It's about the beginning of a new village with all the things happening for human life ! love, hate, ageing, the changes we think we handle but it's not so? and fine work of art never to forget in my life time. Everything in nutshell of human history, and future.
/Gunaratne, Sri Lanka
Magical and enthralling, what a wonderful gift to the world!
/Dominique Weatherhead, Barbados
Great story telling. The magical style and love of life.
/Kuljeet Singh, India
Magic realism, it is like having an unforgettable dream in the pages of a book. Beautifully flowing language. A mesmerizing read.
/Keshab Hira, India
One of my favourite books ever, one discovers Latin America and falls in love with it.
/Sanda Craven, Switzerland
Masterfully recreates our land and people (Latin America).
/Arcadio Herrera, Mexico
I'm Brazilian and my grandmother is from Guatemala. I learned to love this countries. In the prose of Garcia Marques I can feel the history, the way of life and thing of all Latin America. He is the development of the style of Guimaraes Rosa and Miguel A. Asturias, two of my favorites writers.
/Marcelo Farina, Brazil
Because it is perfect book, which changed my life. I'm really happy:)
The best description of a place, Macondo, and a family saga that I have read. A great book!
/Francisco Valladares Parrilla, Spain
It is very exciting and it allows the reader to go beyond the chair which one is seated, so one could go to find and explore the adventures of his magical yet go real words in a book that is best described as a time machine.
/Yanica, United States
This book magically narrates the predicaments of life regardless of race, nationality or economic. It's a universal story that applies to the whole world.
/David Lopez-Munoz, United States
It is fascinating. A unique view of a utopian society, deep in the Colombian jungle. The novel's action like a kaleidoscope, is almost dream-like until the final events reveal the ultimate outcome.
/Valerie Aguilar, United States
Nothing to say ... just to read.
/Abhijith Radhakrishnan, India
This book carries through to the air age, reporting on
everything that happened in between with more lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry.
/N.V.S. Suman, India
I "discovered" south American writers when I was 17. I was delighted with Gabo's stories, back then, and now. And being able to read them in Spanish makes them worth double. I try to read as much as possible in the original languages, and I've read some 45 of all 107 laureates: Hemingway, Churchill, Steinbeck or Golding, in English; Gide, Camus, Sartre or Le Clezio in French; Carducci, Fo or Pirandello in Italian; Mann, Hesse, Böll or Grass in German; Mistral, Neruda, Paz, Cela, García Márquez, Aleixandre, Vargas Llosa, in Spanish. I've enjoyed most of them, and I could point to Der Zauberberg, Blechtrommel, La peste, Sei personaggi ..., La ciudad y los perros, La colmena. But, for a single, singular book, Cien años de soledad, One Hundred Years of Solitude - solitude, in a novel so overpopulated! - is my choice.
/Adolfo Jiménez, Spain
Just loved it for his taste and selectivity of sequencing of words and expression of thoughts ... and most of all the ruminations that Garcia provided me with ... one of those rare, extremely brilliant books i would like to press on others.
/Varun Menon, India
is Magic ...
/Juan Pablo Cánaves, Argentina
Because it's amazing. When I read it, I thought I was reading the stories that my Grandmother and uncles told me as a kid in that far away and magical Colombia.
/R. Yepez, Germany
García Márquez has created an entire world of magic and mystery which is as real (and as magnificent) as our own imagination. Ironically it is through this fantastic world that he is able to express some of the most universal and tangible of truths about our own lives.
/Elijah Anderson Barrera, United States
Because I love magic realism. It is a complex and great novel!!
/Juana I Ordonez, Denmark
It's so grounded in reality while exploring the bedrooms and kitchens of the heavens.
/Wayne McLead, United States
I like it as everything that is narrated in the book seems so fantastical and at the same time it comes from our daily life and, in general, from the roots of the world history. In one hundred years there happen so many things that it is even unbelievable for centuries. Besides, it interested me with the story's main idea: everyone who is destined for solitude is destined to diminish.
/Giorgi Chkheidze, Georgia
I love this book, I have read it three times. I like the characters and the way the stories are linked. I love the details, the stories and "big" events that happen in small towns.
It is a wonderful book I ever read! My mind swings with Magical Realism. It is similar to the stream of thoughts go through my own mind ... every second ... sublime! At times I get the smell of the soap used by Rebecca ... the cruel crumpling of bath room roof tiles ... the way she disappeared in the sky, the smell of freshly sun dried clothes ... by this book I know what was once Latin America!
/KK Gopinadh, India
Set in a magical fantastic place (somewhere deep yet developing in South America), with truly brilliant, lusty, kooky character; one crazy legacy of a family. I loved the way the family developed over the hundred years, so many cultures came in, with the travelling of the Arab merchants and the discovery of Sanskrit at the end, and the developments of politics in that area (Captain Aurelian's battles). There are too many details to rave about really; the image of Aureliano making and remelting his delicate golden fishes stays with me however. The most vibrant book I've ever read!
/Zoe Dexter, United Kingdom
It is amazing!!! It is addictive, I've read it twice and sometimes I still keep reading fragments of it. It is one of the best stories I've ever read. Its dimensions are huge; it creates an infinite magical universe so well described that it seems real.
The relation between the magic and the real in a book that delivers what seems to be the history of the human kind evolution, condensed in two centuries. The way Garcia Marquez explains small details within each character's life is only comparable to the way he evolves plot and submits his main ideas throughout the unique magnitude of the overall masterpiece, unveiling the final cadenza in a way that allows the reader to fully embrace the book understanding the end is indeed the end. Nothing more could be added without distorting some plot balance. The perfect book.
/Ricardo Mateiro, United States
Superb and completely new style of writing. As a reader of the book I felt I was switching between dream and reality. The first line of the book still mesmerizes me. An unforgettable reading experience.
/P.S. Ghoshdastidar, India
The history of Macondo and the Buendia's family is the history of Latin America full of contradictions but they can grow ...
/Mauricio Guerrero C., Colombia
/Eva Skoog, Sweden
It places a fictionary story within a real typical Colombian town, showing some very autochthonous features of Colombian people.
/Jairo Ternera, Colombia
Because it explains about life, every enticing although fictional but the imagination is so strong to convey the message to the reader.
/Rei Diodos, Philippines
Because it is very readable. With clear-sighted descriptions and a particular favourite of mine depictions in the vein of that wonderful Latin-American movement "magic realism".
/Justin Adams, Australia
It is truth Latin America faces.
/Erika, United States
I've read this book 3 times and I've enjoyed it every time. The sheer decadence of the language, the magic, the humor, and the readability of the novel make it enjoyable. Marquez has a gift for words, and the first sentence of the novel is pure genius.
/Grace, United States
I was twenty years of age when I read it. I still remember feeling like I was the character at the end of the book, nervously flipping pages.
The way the story moves and revelation occur, is captivating. It is like poetry, like a river flowing, so many stories under one main plot, all is fantastic.
This book is a magic, I enjoyed reading it and then I read more of Marquez.
Because of the imagination of the author about the things that the people of Macondo had to experiment.
It's very poetic and that's the kind of story that could change a life forever, and it does with me!
/Thierry Avard, Other
The novel was the best I ever read. I really love it. The novel tells a lot about the North America. The author mentions this history not because I think one need to know the historical fact in order to appreciate the novel. But simple to point out that 'One hundred years of solitude', like so many great epics, like war and peace.
/Ken S., United States
I really enjoyed reading this book because the author describes just like our South American countries are, the people, the day by day life, and adds fantastic inventions that we all feel them in reality. This is my favorite book actually.
/Andrea Morales Cobo, Ecuador
Because it tells us the history as a novel of our continent. That novel is not a Colombian novel, is a Latin-American novel and every Latin-American must to read it to know his history and his culture. I read it many times, and I never tire of it, because I always find out something new.
/Steven Marín, Colombia
Human relations and their successes and failures. Ultimately triumph of human spirit.
/K.C. Verma, India
Because it's wonderfully written and the story is not that realistic as in the other books. And I really love the characters because they live their own lives as they weren't invented by the author.
It's just the top of the top for me, it's really worth reading as well as other chefs d'oeuvres of this genius. The structure, the red line of the story, metaphors and this surrealism make it so irresistible!
It describes life, the real life and its lack of sense. We all live in solitude, even surrounded by people. It's real, very real. The book made me see my own life, my useless struggles, my past, my future. Anyway, I would like to congratulate Mr. Garcia Marquez for this masterpiece (personally I see the book as a masterpiece, although I’ve met enough people saying it's worthless).
/Elena lo Pinto, Italy
I basically like this book because it synthesized all the tales of the world inside one town/village: Macondo. It wonderfully depicts humanity in a nutshell, albeit in a rather bizarre setting, with all its common failings, secret hopes and joys, frustrations and triumphs. In this book, I have seen everything I need to see about life and about the universe. :)
/Christine Hazel Gabales, Philippines
Brilliant beyond imagination!
In the dreams of purity, stricken by an unimaginable reality that hurts at the same time that it brings cosiness. Gabriel takes turns in transforming us between curious beings and lazy listeners. I loved the surprising flow of words, through the rain, always the rain, between the covers. Amazing tales of courage, love, sensuality and sacrifice. Completely mesmerizing. The best book I've ever read.
/Sylvia Prazias, Canada
It is a Colombian book about a family that lives in a little town called "Macondo". The story spans over many generations and over 100 years. So it is a story magic and real.
Because it is the best book in my life and in the world. I think that book is the reason Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize in literature. I read that book in Spanish because I am Mexican and I admire Gabriel Garcia Marquez because he is the best writer in the world.
/Paulina Deniz, United States
I cannot point out a particular reason that why I like this novel so much, because at the time of reading it had just caught all my senses, nothing else. I cannot even say whether it describes a great comedy or a tragedy, rather I can only say that it has some mysterious powers which is so powerful that it can overtake all your imaginations for years ...
/Umair Vahidy, Pakistan
Because of the striking realism that goes far beyond the magic, land and spirit of a continent, striking into the hearts and minds of the reader far deeper than any other piece of writing. And fairly surely, because every single act is awesome. Your book has turned me from a reader to a writer, which is a reader who crafts its own likes, alike.
I think it is the story of all human community, not the Macondo only.
/Ali Bakhshi, Iran
I just love it!
/Stefka Gencheva, Bulgaria
Because it is perfect. An imaginary encyclopaedia.
The book has all the elements you can ask for: romance, politics, magic, progress, mystery, etc. The narrative is impeccable.
/Johana Lopez Talbot, United States
Everything in this book is good, the story, the way he manages the time, the characters. He is awesome!!!
/Elena Velez, United States
The author shows very interesting in 3 plans the women's line, men's and the line of life. He performs very realistic characters.
Because it is an interesting book, the structure is excellent, and because it is Colombian.
/William Acosta, Colombia
The perfect mix between the real life, the feelings and desires ... The perfect description of magic realism.
/Jose F. Guzman, Spain
The book is simply amazing. I love it because there is no other book like it.
The author explains so many aspects of life in a hue metaphor without the people even noticing and in such a simple way. Also the way the story is told is unique, very objective and without any opinions. Many other books have tried to imitate it but "Cien años de soledad" was the book that created a whole new way of writing and creating mythical, almost magic stories. I recommend it because it is really worth it.
It's an amazing book and I highly recommend it. The best book ever since 'El Quijote de la Mancha'.
The magic realism. This book reflects the fantasy of his world.
/Manuel Garcia, Colombia
I like 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' because it portrays how emotions are essential for connecting with the world around one. As the book concludes, even though the Buendia family was relatively famous, their name died out after a hundred years because they could not love.
/Nina, United States
A very powerful and complicated story is narrated in a simple and beautiful way.
For me it was a world in itself. Beautifully sketched out ... the world of Mocando ...
/Hitesh Kamdar, India
It changed my life ... the way I look at things ... the sequence chain of events in our lives ... it really moved me ... it changed my point of view to all life aspects.
/Hannah Shihab, Kuwait
Everything in the narrative is quite rhythmic, and every noun or verb has the corresponding adjective or adverb, which make an elegant literary plasticity. I like the power of the last sentence because races condemned to 100 years of solitude shall not have another opportunity in the world.
/Fausto Avila, United States
Sorry, it's not just a book. It's an institution!
/Abhimanyoo Biswas, India
Dramatic and close to reality.
Because Marquez is called upon to show us what is the fairy relation between love, poetry and life.
/Krassimira Temelkfva, Bulgaria
That's an amazing book, because it tells everything about the Latin American reality and irreality. And fantastic literature is awesome. G. G. Marquez is a genious.
/Luciano Leite, Brazil
To me, it's the greatest novel to have ever been written. So far, it's the book of my life.
When reading García Márquez, the story is not a priority. What draws you into the book is his sensibility towards the less significant aspects of life and human being, and how he actually transmits his unique point of view through the words he uses. If you can, read him in Spanish, because the essence of his writing style can hardly be translated to any other language.
The particular way in which he narrates and tells the story, not only of a family or a town but, perhaps of the whole human civilization.
/Nicolás González Castro, Colombia
This is the most magical story ever!
/Victoria Higuita, Colombia
I have read it a couple of times and each time I finish it I have been under the influence of this book for at least a week. I really don't know what is so magical about this book but it makes me feel as if I am living this story myself ...
/Lal Candemir, Turkey
This book is a wonderful and exceptional example of exactly how thin the border between real and unrealistic is. I have enjoyed reading this book because it has helped me learn a little more about the complexity and ingenuity of this life we live. Thank God Márquez wrote this book. And I hope that there will be a lot of other people out there in this world who will realize how solitude is wrapping its tenderly caring arms around us, but will soon engulf us and change our lives forever. For us to be forever alone ...
/Veronika Nagy, Hungary
It is just the most wonderful story I've ever read, and as a Spanish speaker, I find it extremely rich in terms of vocabulary and metaphors.
/José Luis, Argentina
It's simply wonderful ...
The master author has very successfully brought and highlighted across genres and combined various aspects portraying events with his specialised style of magical realism and pure fiction! He remains as one of my most favourite authors and his books are amongst my collectors items at home: '100 Years of Solitude', 'Love in the Time of Cholera', 'The General and his Labyrinth', 'The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor' and 'The Strange Pilgrims' ... It is pure fiction at it's best! It is pure fiction at it's best!
/Ananthanarayanan V., India
I like this book because it is the book of the millennium.
This book is so poignant, so powerful, so unforgettable and extraordinary, that, for a long time, everything I read after it seemed bland. How does one go about describing Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece? I, personally, can find no words to describe it. To even try to summarize its contents, or describe the beauty of its words would be folly. I can only say that it is a book worth reading and that it should, in my humble opinion, be required reading for the entire human race. All of the characters are familiar to me now, all of them have their own story, their own voice. Gabriel Garcia Marquez's writing style is brilliant and each chapter is postively brimming with his lyrical magic. It's amusing, heartbreaking, hateful and compassionate at the same time. And even after praising the book like this, I still have the feeling that I haven't praised it enough. Read it, and you'll see for yourselves.
It's very interesting, very different from everything I have read before.
/Dijana, Bosnia & Herzegovina
It is sad and sexy, depressing and horny, it is a paradox of life in literature.
/Lucie Stotter, Czech Republic
Because of the magic in the book. Because the way it made me look at the world after I read it.
/Elisa Ontiveros, Mexico
The narrative and the costumbrism of this book reveals how the human mind can give all the details in beautifull and correct words.
/Alejandro Tafur, Colombia
It mixes dream, reality, witchcraft, magic, folklore.
/Daniela Sarfatti, Italy
I love it because it's so beautifully written you can't stop reading. García Márquez's imagination marvels me and moves me to tears.
It's metaphorically - and wonderfully written - a book about everything, Macondo is universal, it's a symbol we can all rely to.
As the author said: "Cien años de soledad es un vallenato de 300 páinas". It is a very entertaining book, which takes place in the environment of Colombia.
/Andrés Caro Borrero, Colombia
It's a masterpiece and he deserves to win many more awards. That's why he's the master of magic realism. It follows the saga of a family through the many challenges that do not seem to end in the beautiful country of Colombia. If you have never visited the coastal cities there you should see Aracataca, it's like you've been to Macondo from his Nobel Prize winner book.
/Lupe Pedraza, Canada
It is an amazing work of literature. Gabriel García Márquez has the outstanding art of creating the most beautiful and intricate things out of words. He is unbelievable. By far, one of the best writers of our time.
/Yvonne Rico, United States
Maybe it's the best Spanish language book since Cervantes. The first page is so incredible that it makes almost impossible not keeping on reading.
As the friend who gave it to me wrote in the first page: "Beautiful and epic, there's a fullness and a sadness, a beauty, a folkloric fatedness, a feel of magic and organic energy (like neural lightning and seeds in the ground) that just kills me." I couldn't have put it better.
/Jordan Gookin, United States
A beautiful book. All Latin-Americans must read it. A book that, in its way, reflects the life of our country and continent.
A beautiful book. All Latin-Americans must read it. A book that, in its way, reflects the life of our country and continent.
It's a wonderful story, tell much about the Latin American life without being very punctual, giving to the book an universal aspect.
/Bruno de Pinho, Brazil
'A Hundred Years of Solitude' is a complete novel, it has everything you want in a good book. When you think about Macondo you think about a little part of the world which resumes what the universe culd be. It's a really great novel.
I love this book for the richness of its characters, for the color with which García Márquez describes the South American culture. The narrative opens a world of infinite possibilities with only the imagination to guide the journey. Beautifully written and filled with comedic value. GREATEST BOOK EVER!!!
/Patricia Diez, Australia
It's a fantastic story traveling through the history of a family. This is a town that is isolated from the development of the society. They don't know many things and they are amazed when new people arrive at the town and show them new rare things.
/Sofía González, Mexico
Marquez, in his gorgeous, sprawling prose, so disarms the reader with the humor and the charm of South America, that they unquestioningly surrender all emotions and vulnerability to Macondo, from the first sentence to the last.
/Andrew Durbin, United States
Because it is full of love to life, just like it is - sometimes a friend, sometimes the worst enemy, but always incredible. And Gabo described it in an incredible way, just perfect:)
The way the story is written, it makes you think on what will happen next. It keeps you amused and the way he uses his imagination in the story. Between reality and fiction.
/Conny Guzman, United States
Is the best because the tone of the book and the stories.
/Victoria, United States
It's magical and yet very natural. Cool events happen, and the ending is very captivating.
It is a narrative masterpiece. Keeps you expecting and the unexpected happens. It is not only telling a story, it is telling history; not only from Latin America, but it is telling humanities history.
/Andres Garcia, Colombia
It's a mirror of the Latin American culture!
It perfoms a magical description of the Caribbean culture, creating a modern South American mythology that represents our true essence.
It is a beautifully written story.
When you read this book you can feel this kind of magic that makes our life colourful, soundful and loveful.
It's deep and innocent. And somehow mystical.
One of the most important literary achievements of the twentieth century. A masterpiece that takes the reader from the most fragile bases of mankind to it's greatest glory. A hymn to the magic of the human soul.
/Pedro Perez, Peru
Because it's a great book, inspired I guess of a civil war that happened in Macondo, tells the history of a big family from the first member of the family until the last one and their amorous entanglements.
/Sara Soria Estrugo, Bolivia
Because is the best book about the magic realism of the Caribbean countries. I think it is the best book in Spanish.
/Juan Carlos Mantilla, Colombia
Its rich and accessible style of writing.
It's magic, it's fantastic ... I'm wordless.
On of the most touching novels I have ever read. So rich and vivid and such a page turner. The author is a true artist - the world of Macondo and the Buendia characters are so human yet so idealistic at the same time ... you end up falling in love with them and living their dreams, and then, you just cry ...
/Sylwia, United States
Because it is one of the best illustrations of fine Latin American literary work ever written.
/Griselle, United States
It has opened my eyes up to a whole new world, where the fantastic is just as real as reality itself. His book has, no doubt, influenced me as an aspiring fiction writer.
/Samantha Turner, United States
I recommend this book because of its extraodinary power of creating a world where supernatural and reality coexist without boundaries, and where illusions have some power and accuracy like real things.
'One Hundred Years of Solitude' belongs to the tradition of Magic Realism, where the supernatural and the everyday are blended, so as to give the impression of being ordinary. In Gabriel's novel the life of the family, over many generations, is interwoven with the constant upheaval of civil wars, flood and the coming of the banana plantations; however, these incidents of exploitation and repression, are blended like metals, with the supernatural events that occur in one family over many generations. 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' is itself possessed of the creative magic that Gabriel invokes.
/Aaron J. Clarke, Australia
Because the author used another kind of writing, I mean he wrote about real things and magic things.
/Luis Alberto, Colombia
For its broad sweep, mind-blowing mix of history, social structure and everyday life with an amazing intensity of characters.
I read it when I was taking up my undergraduate studies in Political Science. I found it among the books piled in the SALE section but I bought it anyway because it was cheap. I never thought that the book would become one of my favorite books. I actually like Love in the Time of Cholera more than One Hundred Years of Solitude, mostly because of the main theme of the former book - love. One Hundred Years of Solitude was a confusing and heartbreaking yet down-to-earth story. It tells of the complexities of human nature, the violence, the fear, the hope. The story is an irony. It tells deeply about the people and the events and yet it simply describes them. How Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote the book is simply amazing. In fact, I could not get enough of his magical realism style. The simple and ordinary events are made into an extraordinary story. His words are lyrical yet simple. I had a hard time telling whether the book was fiction or not. Yet at the same time, it was fiction indeed. It was magical. Truly magical. I think that while reading the book, I was in Macondo. Surveying the scenes, soaked in the rains, dried in the heat. Truly magnificent!
/Psyche Castillon, Philippines
Deep. Lyric. Visual. Imaginative. Creative. Touching. Loneliness. Love. Passion. Sex. Urge for freedom. Nostalgia. Family.
This is the best book ever written! I would sincerely carry it with me to my grave!
It is an excellent and not only political book that everybody must read!!!
/Papaioannoy Ariadni, Greece
The book makes an illusion. Everything was told so subtly but impartially that we become amazed. Whenever i dig into my thinking, it seems to me that I know the village Macondo.
/Russel Ahmed, United Kingdom
This amazing story of the decay of the virginity of a civilisation is always a mirror to how the madness of superpowers raped our aborigin existence ... I really was mad while going thru the book.
/Dev Raj Joshi, Nepal
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down; being a hispanic I was able to relate to the storytelling that Gabriel emulates. I could hear my grandmother telling me factual incidents that had that "fantastical" twist. Besides that theme, Gabriel also illustrates the idea of history or at least experiences being repeated in time. I love this book.
/Alex Perez, United States
The author spoke with such clarity. He had the perfect words to describe certain feelings, even the most complex, and made them universal. But what made the novel more special for me was that the weirdest things sounded like normal, everyday things, and the process of making them believable seemed effortless.
It's so great. It's a book without time and place. When i read it I felt like the whole world was passing around me so fast ... like those movies whose character stands and everything continues normal.
/Helena Sarria, Portugal
'One Hundred Years of Solitude' is a novel that captures the experience of dreaming. The extraordinary happenings, that are only realized to be absurd, after they have taken place. Yet the realization of the absurdity of the events does not diminish their emotional impact. This novel is a dream in and of itself, a surreal environment in which the amazing happens.
/Max Baroi, United States
I recommend it because it is the most beautiful and dramatic and fantastic story i have ever read. Gabriel García Márquez is one of the greatest authors, and obviously the greatest one who is alive.
/Rafael Dilly, Brazil
I recommend it because it is a sweeping epic novel that is accessible to everyone. It is an amazing retelling of the Book of Genesis is thoroughly enjoyable.
/Edwin Castro, Afghanistan
For its deep mix of fantasy and realism, transforms simple life into an exciting adventure.
/ Sebastián Soto Salas, Chile
This Nobel (Gabo) is the best latin-american writer, and this is the best novel in the world, to dream and turn on the imagination. Nice piece of literature.
/Ricardo Vidal, El Salvador
I really recommend it. Gabriel plays with our attention and imagination. At the end, we understand the reason behind the book's title. It's one of the greatest readings and it's also entertaining ... it's just a great novel. You can't stop reading it.
/Gabriela, El Salvador
Simply amazing. I was shaking, with goose bumps cropping up on my arms and neck, as I read the last sentence.
/Jason Rolfe, United States
I read the book two years ago. I can still feel the same vibrations around me that I felt while reading the book. Marquez did a great job in making the characters walk before me. The plot is a dream lived by extra-ordinary but real characters. Every step of the story is LIFE!
This novel evoked a true sadness in me. The characters, the prose, everything about it was wonderful. Highly recommended.
/Jeremy, United States
For lucidity and poetry combined ... a jewel.
/Mauricio Zarate, United States
I read the book two or three years ago, It was something amazing. I couldn't leave the book. It was attracting me. All the "magic" things in this book seem so real, that you find yourself in the book's atmosphere. I am learning German now, and I read the book in German. It's pretty hard, but I want to finish it again. I recommend this book to everyone.
/Andrei Lintu, Romania