Think I’ve never had title this long haha. Well, most of you have surely heard of this book because it’s a world classic, one brilliant work, that enabled Marquez a Nobel Prize in Literature. And, it’s also rated pretty high but when I read reviews on Goodreads, not all of them were promising. So, I wanted to seek for myself.
If you want to start reading this, you must be really prepared to meet tons of characters. Well, that’s not really hard for us bookworms, but, the fact is that they’re all named after one member of their family and you have really big amount of Josés and Arcadios and Aurelianos so you have to start writing a family tree to catch them all up. I think that’s actually the thing that bothers people when they read this. Sometimes you just get lost.
How can I describe a plot? When every page has one plot itself. It follows the 7 generations of the Buendía family, in the town Macondo (considered to be metaphoric Columbia). Throughout their family history, we can see the history of mankind. From the beginning when they were peaceful and detached from the surrounding world, then the war. Then the arrival of the yellow train. Yellow as a color represents change and destruction-and that’s what that train has brought to Macondo.
The innocent yellow train that was to bring so many ambiguities and certainties, so many pleasant and unpleasant moments, so many changes, calamities, and feelings of nostalgia to Macondo.
Everything changed in their lives, new technologies like gramophone and telephone occupied them, and strangers from other countries also changed the way they used to live. Long rains drove away the newcomers and what has left is emptiness and from that point Macondo is becoming a ghost town, waiting for its final destruction when Aureliano Babilonia deciphered Melquíades’ parchments.
The way Marquez uses magical realism is fantastic. You suddenly find yourself believing in flying carpets that gypsies brought, flowers falling from the sky, Remedios who ascends to the sky and so on. There were some odd stuff like non expected love affairs that sometimes make you feel awkward but compared to many qualities of this book it’s hard to stay on the fact that one man had 17 different sons from 17 different places…or it’s not? Anyway, it has lots of symbolic in it. And it shows that everything in our history is repeating, the flaws and virtues of our ancestors are revived in us and it’s all going in one giant circle.
“…time was not passing…it was turning in a circle…”
I can’t really explain why but that’s what has left the biggest impression on me. The fact that world we live in today is maybe just the phase of development and one day it will be destroyed as well. Maybe out history is also written on some parchment, only waiting to be deciphered?
“It was the last that remained of a past whose annihilation had not taken place because it was still in a process of annihilation, consuming itself from within, ending at every moment but never ending its ending.”
We meet love in all its forms-passionate love (Amaranta Úrsula and Aureliano Babilonia), silent and hidden love (Amaranta), love of interest(Aureliano Segundo) that turns into real love.
He dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her.
Also, this book has a war theme. But, it’s talking about the war like one unnecessary thing that kills and no good ever comes out of it.
When he said it he did not know that it was easier to start a war than to end one.
In the end (yes, this would be the end) I’d like to say that this book is different from others I’ve read and it was a reeeaally good read. It made me think, sympathize, disapprove but sometimes laugh really hard! Most of it is narration, but every dialogue is priceless. So, it’s definitely recommended if you don’t mind reading a great book what I honestly doubt.
Thoughts, comments? Bring it on. I have only one quote for the end. ❤ -S
“Cease, cows, life is short.”