One Hundred Years Of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Not one of the easier books to read as it is difficult to distinguish what is real and what is myth. It takes a bit of an effort to begin but once you are deep into the story you begin to like the world of fantasy that Marquez has built consisting of mythical heroes and supernatural elements.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude is the story of the town of Macondo in which live seven generations of the Buendia family. Jose Arcadio Buendia, and Ursula Iguaran, his wife and first cousin, leave Riohacha in Colombia to find a new and better life. During this journey, Jose Arcadio Buendia dreams of the town of Macondo and upon awakening he builds it at a riverside based on his dream and perceptions. Macondo, the city of mirrors and the magical world is destroyed by a hurricane ultimately.

The fabricated events and characters act as a metaphor for the colonisation of the future Colombia. Though the story is fictional in a fiction setting, it gives a great insight into and explain the true Colombian history.

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