one hundred years of solitude
Gabriel García Márquez
“He really had been through death, but he had returned because he could not bear the solitude.” This novel follows 100 years of a town in solitude, following the family tree of the Buendia family, while dabbling with magical realism. Wow. This book took me AGES to complete, and once I finished it I understood why -- this is not your typical novel storyline that follows a clearcut path from start to finish. Each character lives his or her own life, and then we move on to the next stage of the timeline. Be prepared to let things go as you swim through the next 100 years in this town. Also be prepared to hand-draw a family tree because everyone in this book is named the same name, and it can get VERY confusing!!