My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book has been on my to-read list since I studied Spanish in college and I’ve finally gotten around to it. Honestly, the story itself was fairly boring with truly not much happening “on-screen” to anyone. It was more about getting to know the characters of the Buendia family– many of whom, consequently, share the same names making following who is who within the generations VERY difficult. Although this and many other of the idiosyncrasies of the family members make the book that much more enjoyable as they are so typically Hispanic. This is what makes the book tolerable: just doing everyday, slightly insane life with some folk as their town is founded, flourishes and dies. Which, as I said, is rather boring, but there are beautiful descriptions and insights into being human. Every person can relate to this book for that reason. Plus, seeing all the strange things the seemingly average Buendia family do makes one feel much more “normal.” As long as you understand that this isn’t going to be a big adventure story, I would recommend any human being read this once in your lifetime.
Just a heads up, I’m going to be doing the 2017 Read Harder Challenge from Book Riot. This book is part of that challenge as book #4 on the list. I invite anyone to join me on this challenge for 2017! Click the link there for more information. I also highly suggest the GoodReads group mentioned in that post to help with finding appropriate books to fill all the requirements! Let me know if you’ll be doing the challenge too!