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June Magic

After a month shadowing Holden Caufield’s singular angst we plunge deep into the brilliant kaleidoscope that is the lives of the Buendía family in mysterious, sensual Macondo. Here people and soul-ghosts imbibe potions and spirits and a fair amount of spicy hot chocolate.  You have my permission to spend as many hours as you like rocking and winking at the sun on a shaded porch while you cool your palate with your choice of summer-time drafts.

Our June selection is One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1970  According to William Kennedy, writing in the New York Times this is “The first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.” And in his review, Robert Keily said: “One Hundred Years of Solitude (is) an enchanted place that does everything but cloy. Macondo oozes, reeks and burns even when it is most tantalizing and entertaining. It is a place flooded with lies and liars and yet it spills over with reality. Lovers in this novel can idealize each other into bodiless spirits, howl with pleasure in their hammocks or, as in one case, smear themselves with peach jam and roll naked on the front porch. The hero can lead a Quixotic expedition across the jungle, but although his goal is never reached, the language describing his quest is pungent with life. The family chronicle centers on five generations of descendants of José Arcadio Buendía and his wife Ursula, who sometime early in the 19th century founded the village of Macondo on a river of clear water somewhere in South America. The uncertainties about time and place, like other factual puzzles in the book, are not fashionable evasions on the part of the author but genuine reflections of the minds of the people about whom he is writing.”


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE only RSVP yes if you plan to read the book and to be there for the MEETUP! If your plans change PLEASE have the courtesy to change your RSVP to no.   Please do not take a space that you do not intend to use.

This book is available in the libraries but may be checked out.  It can usually be found in used-book stores and is available used online for about $8.  There does not seem to be an authorized digital versions but it is available as an audiobook.




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  • Laurel

    Great discussion, very interesting insights.

    June 26, 2014

  • Eileen


    I am so sorry to have to cancel. Unexpected guests in from out of town. I had a difficult time getting into this book. However, at the end it all came together and it was beautiful!

    Looking forward to the nest meeting!

    June 24, 2014

    • Lorraine L.

      Guests are always good. Thanks so much for letting us know. See you soon.

      June 24, 2014

    • Eileen

      Thanks so much!

      June 24, 2014

  • Dixie M.

    So sorry to have to cancel. I sprained both my ankles Sunday and cannot walk or drive. I finished the book about an hour before, too. Would have loved to hear what you thought. This is a difficult one and your pov's would have been very useful. I have a page of notes just for my own use, because I was trying to make order out of one of the most challenging novels yet. And so moving.

    June 24, 2014

    • Lorraine L.

      So sorry to hear about this! We will miss your contribution to the evening. Hope you are well soon.

      June 24, 2014

  • Caryn S.

    Sorry to miss you all this month. See you next time!

    June 11, 2014

  • John

    Mmmm Malbec y Marquez

    1 · June 4, 2014

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