|Plot Summary of 100 Years of Solitude|
|"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."
David J. Peterson, Resident Scholar
|"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."
Lindsey Hunter, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of 100 Years of Solitude|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Inside culture (main char)
Family, caring for ill
Family, loving relations
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
- long lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can read emotions
- can see into the future
- super strength
- can fly
- is very quick
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- bulging muscles
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- almost none
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
The Americas (not US):
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- fancy mansion
- moving train
- fort/military installation
- scientific labs
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
- rape/molest (yeech!)
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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