After finishing off a classic like True Grit, the Book Club will be diving into another classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But like True Grit this may have gone overlooked since it isn’t “required reading” in schools. This novel has come to be considered one of the most influential Latin American texts of all time. The author was awarded The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 and The New York Times called this book “the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.”
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women — brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul — this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.
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