One hundred years of solitude

Title: One hundred years of solitude

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

IBSN: 0060919655

Publisher: Perennial Classics

Copyright Date: 1998

Genre: Folktale

Reading Level: 9th grade

Interest Age: 15 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: This may contains some sexually suggestive content and violence.

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author:Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on March 6, 1927. He is from a small city of Columbia. His family were passionate liberals. He attended the University of Cartengena. He studied law, but realized his passion was writing.

Garcia Marquez became a journalist. He wrote for a newspaper and was a film critic. Some of his books include Leaf Storm, Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Love in time of Cholera. For his works, he won a Nobel prize in literature.

Plot Summary: One Hundred Years of Solitude spans seven generations of the Buendia family. It starts off by introducing Jose Arcaido Buendia and his wife, Ursula. They leave their native town in Columbia in search for another town in Columbia. When Jose comes across a river, he forms his own town called Macondo. In this town, everything happens from his perspective.

Critical Evaluation: Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite authors. He was gifted with the art of storytelling. He weaves mystery, romance and folktale into this story leaving the reader in suspense.

Reader’s annotation: A recipe for One Hundred Years of Solitude; one part romance, one part mystery and 2 parts folktale.

Book talk ideas: This is a modern folktale told from the perspective of seven Buendia generations.

Why did you include this book?: Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a well-known author among teens today. This is unfortunate because he is a award winning author. If teens got a taste of his novels, I think they would enjoy them.

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