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February Book Group Meeting, Alternative 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 breakfast 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Wayne. Same here, I think we all enjoyed getting to know each other in a smaller group. Some of the titles I mentioned on my current to-read shelf are:

    Life After Death- The Burden of Proof (Deepak Chopra)
    Prague Winter (Madeleine Albright)
    Story of a Secret State (Jan Karski)
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Stieg Larsson)
    Againt All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror (Richard Clarke)
    The Social Transformation of American Medicine (Paul Starr)
    Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism (Reginald Ray)
    The Third Jesus (Deepak Chopra)

    Not sure whether these are good book club candidates, but I said I would send the titles. Have a good month!

    February 23, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Anne, Kimberly and Ann: Thank you for the wonderful discussion. I love the synergy that comes out of the larger attended Thursday night discussions but I'm equally loving the smaller attended Saturday morning discussions which offer more time to explore each person's opinions. Thanks for coming out on this cold, drizzly morning.

    February 23, 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 Saturday morning!

    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

  • 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

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