100 Years of Solitude Book Summary and Study Guide

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A family line is followed for one hundred years, with nearly every male having one of two names (Aureliano or Jose Arcadio). The family struggles in the mythical town of Macondo, where many strange events occur; war, forbidden love, death, etc.
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The review of this Book prepared by Lindsey Hunter

Márquez, an author from Colombia, writes long, thorough, family allegorical epics, a la Tolstoy. He writes of surreal events and magical occurrence that take place in very small towns to very ordinary people. All his novels take place in the nineteenth century, though he is a twentieth century writer. 100 Years of Solitude is his best work, and is a chronicle of the Buendía family (whose names get repeated over and over again, so be prepared to get confused) which, for the 100 years of its existence, experiences nothing but grief, isolation and solitude.
The review of this Book prepared by David J. Peterson

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Spanish in America Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Family, loving relations    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   long lived adults Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   clairvoyant    -   can see into the future    -   super strength    -   can fly    -   is very quick Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Jungles?    -   Yes Forest?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   prison    -   moving train    -   fort/military installation    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Weiner talk!    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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