A Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gregory Rabassa

This book won Marquez the Nobel Prize for Literature. It’s that good. It follows the rise and fall of the Buendia family and the village, Macondo, which they founded. Along the way there is incest, gypsies, insomnia, civil war and true love. Marquez magical realism shines through and somewhere along the way the reader forgets the distinction between the magical and the real. Characters pass in and out the the narative as the world around passed in and out of Mocondo. The main conflict of the book, civil war, seams to be Marquez’s comentary on the state of his homeland, Columbia.