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Every so often I read a book and wish that I was part of a book club to discuss. This book was definitely one of those. Very abstract and full of symbolism that I'm pretty certain I didn't get; nevertheless, it was a good read.
You know I am a sucker for a generational family tale
this was a good read. it was a bit confusing with so many characters having similar names but I did enjoy it.
Absolutely spectacular prose. It did help that I had a fabulous Spanish teacher; without her I would have missed a lot of detail. This story is so rich in Magical Realism, it's a joy. The translation suffers a bit. First page: "... a la orilla de un rio de aguas diafanas que se precipitaban por un lecho de piedras pulidas....." Why can't we have "..diaphanous waters that poured over a bed of polished stones... " (instead, it's just ".. clear water that ran along...." Marquez did mean diaphanous:...
Such a brilliant story, somewhat difficult to get into but well worth it once you do. There's usually a family tree in the cover flap to help keep the generations straight- which really helped me at times. This book illustrates life gorgeously, intensely, and completely as the mixed bag of emotion it is via births, deaths and love. All I have to say is the yellow butterflies are unforgettable, and the ending will knock you over.
This book was so beautifully written! I could not put this book down for long, though I admit I had to stop and digest a lot of things that happened. This book a lot going on without being overly confusing. I had to make my own chart while reading this. Not a big deal but for a book with so much going on with so many different people, a family tree would have been helpful. Overall though this book is captivating!
Unsettling. Curious. Hilarious. That being said - this book will leave you scratching your head if you don't keep a family tree on hand - (there are many, many characters with the same name!)... but once you take care of that, you're be in for a fascinating story. There's a reason this book is one of the classics.
I haven't read this book in ages but I still refer to it a lot. There were parts of this book that you just go, "how in the heck can that happen?" and then you really delve deeper to see what it's trying to say. It's a great book. Love it!
I really thought I would have loved this book. And I liked it, but I just didn't get so in to it. It is incredibly well written, but the characters just didn't speak to me. Perhaps it is cultural. Or because he is so very male - like why I don't like Hemingway. Hmm...
I really enjoyed this book and I would like to re-read it. I read it in a hurry to meet a deadline. I would like to read it again to enjoy the story and the prose style.
still trying to read it..........
Fascinating story and writing-style if you can keep up with the plot...