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February Book Group Meeting

Please join us for a book discussion. The February book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

In reading the "reader's reviews" of this book, it's a very polarizing book. Readers either absolutely adored this book or they absolutely detested it. For that reason alone, I think this book will lend itself to a lively discussion between the book lovers and the haters. You may love this book or you may hate it but bring your opinion to our discussion and let's talk about it.

In the past, people have frequently been disappointed because they had read the book but "LIFE" interrupted their plans to attend the Thursday night discussion. For February we will try offering 2 discussions on the book: 1 discussion at the normal time on Thursday, February 21 and 1 discussion on Saturday, February 23. Choose the date/time that best fits your schedule: attend one or attend both.

Since our discussion is held at the Nordstrom Market Cafe, I plan on enjoying dinner during our discussion. Eating or drinking is optional but I certainly plan on enjoying something to eat and drink during our discussion. The Nordstrom Market Cafe is located on the second floor of Norstroms in the Columbia Mall.


One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.

Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.

Book Availability at the Howard Count Public Library

One Hundred Years of Solitude is available for checkout at the Howard County Public Library. The Howard County Public Library has 18 copies of the book.

I have put in a request to have 5 copies of the book reserved for our book club. The books will be held at the Central Branch and are available for checkout on a first come, first serve basis. They are at the fiction help desk on the first floor of the Library and are held under the book club name "Meetup." Tell the Librarian that you are a member of the "Meetup" book club and you can check the book out using your Library card. The address and hours for the Central Branch are:

Howard County Library Central Branch

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044


Branch Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm

Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

Sun. 1 pm - 5 pm

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  • Wayne M.

    Thanks everyone for your participation. I struggled with this book but your insights helped me better understand and appreciate it.

    2 · February 21, 2013

    • Grant

      I would be honored to lead the discussion! And even though I poo-pooed the last book, I hope Sharon and everyone understands that I love seeing everyone and having that conversation. You don't have to like my book choice (but I hope you do)!

      1 · February 24, 2013

    • Sharon C.


      February 24, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    Wayne - I like the cafe much better than the Nordstrom food court. Good location choice, thanks for making the change. I am disappointed the book selection wasn't more to everyone's liking. Better reading ahead!

    February 22, 2013

  • Maxine F.

    Thought we all had a really good discussion, although it didn't seem to be our favorite book to read, and that's okay....they can't all be our favorites, right?

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a prior engagement for dance practice. Next time.

    February 21, 2013

    • Wayne M.

      Sorry that you are unable to attend. We'll miss you but see you next month.

      February 21, 2013

  • Robin

    Hi Wayne,
    I had responded yes to attend the book group tomorrow night but am now unable to attend. Just wanted to let you know... Thanks. See you for the next meeting. Robin

    February 20, 2013

    • Wayne M.

      Sorry that you are unable to attend. We'll miss you but see you next month.

      February 21, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Here is one final question to think about and discuss at our meeting:

    Chapter 11 ends with this sentence:

    "The innocent yellow train that was to bring so many ambiguities and certainties, so many pleasant and unpleasant moments, so many changes, calamities, and feelings of nostalgia to Macondo."

    Put this into context with your general knowledge of progress in Macondo. Did you have a feeling of elation or foreboding when the train/banana company first arrived?

    See you tomorrow night!

    February 20, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Another question for us to think about and discuss at our meeting is:

    What varieties of love occur in the novel? Does any kind of love transcend or transform the ravages of everyday life, politics and warfare, history, and time itself?

    February 19, 2013

  • Pauline P.

    I would like to come to the meeting in March. Please let me know what book will be the selection for March.
    Thanks and looking forward to the meeting.

    February 17, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Hi everyone, I hope that your reading is going well. As you are reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude", here is a question for you to think about so that we can discuss it at our meeting:

    What kinds of solitude occur in the novel (for example, solitude of pride, grief, power, love, or death), and with whom are they associated? What circumstances produce them? What similarities and differences are there among the various kinds of solitude?

    February 14, 2013

  • Rachael

    I must be off, thought the book this month was, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Was the book selection changed?

    February 14, 2013

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Rachael, This must be the book for a different book club because our February book has always been "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

      February 14, 2013

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