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For members of the 75-group: it's also a shared TIOLI book for July (challenge #1).
Edit: oops, just noticed that I am now in "Club Read" and not in "1001". I hope that's okay.
By the way, I really enjoyed it. I have lived in a rural environment, not as remote as the town in García's book, and I could relate to a lot of what happened in the novel in terms of people's attitudes and reactions to outside influences. Also, I am of an age that I have seen gradual changes take place and can say García's portrayal of evolving existence in a remote part of the world comes across as very realistic, as do his descriptions of interpersonal relationships and perceptions.
Good luck with the read. I'll drop in now and again if you don't mind.
>10 billiejean: I worried about telling the family members apart too, but they came across in the telling as such distinct individuals that I had no problem at all.
Oh, I'm envious...
I can deal with the names as long as I am reading about the respective characters. I start confusing them once they are dead and are referred to as 'someone's father'.
I had remembered this book as a quicker read, and I am surprised at how long it takes me to get through 10 pages.
I myself am finding the sentence structure overly-convoluted and thus far I'm just letting the art wash over me. About 75 pages in, I'm not really engaged yet, but I'm not minding it. However, if it doesn't click soon, this will be a very long read.
I thought there was some interesting stuff there. Take a browse if you have a few minutes.
I'd really like to know what those who enjoyed the book were looking at so I can maybe focus on those parts.
By the way, I would say I was a fan of magical realism - I love Midnight's Children and enjoyed Love In The Time Of Cholera, Isabel Allende's books etc. So it's not that which is bugging me.
The main thing I took from the book was the reality of the situation. It was not about plot, but about reality, its sameness, and all its surprises.
Having lived in a somewhat remote rural area, but not anywhere as remote as that described in the book, I could see how perceptions developed, how rumours spread, how facts were contorted, how what we consider mundane and boring can be seen as amazing and earth shattering.
Apart from the excellent writing, albeit viewed through translation, I admire this book for its evocation of the spirit of a community isolated from centres of power and civilisation. It is the world before the bicycle; before motorways; before rapid communications.
In terms of the characters, I could relate to many of them and know people who fitted the "type" due to similar circumstances.
For me, this was enough to hold One Hundred Years of Solitude in high regard, and to have enjoyed it.