Sat. May 11, Discussion 1 of 2: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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8191 Main St

8191 Main St · Ellicott City, MD

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Jaxon Edwin Coffee Bar on 2nd Floor in downtown historic Ellicott City. Closest FREE parking lot is LOT D behind the post office

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Join us Saturday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jaxon Edwin coffee bar (2nd floor) in downtown historic Ellicott City. We'll discuss the first half of One Hundred Years of Solitude (original Spanish: Cien Años de Soledad) written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1967. We're splitting the book into two discussions because it's about 417 pages total. Discussion will be open and unstructured. Please come even if you don't find time to finish. Looking forward to meeting you!

Discussion 1 will be on the first half of the book... about 202 pages. There aren't any chapter numbers but if you read up until the 11th section, stop when the section begins, "The marriage was on the point of breaking up after two months because Aureliano Segundo, in an attempt to placate Petra Cotes, had a picture taken of her dressed as the Queen of Madagascar."

About $4 Used and $11 New. Check out to find online sellers. Also many copies in the Howard County library system -


Widely acknowledged as Gabriel García Márquez’s finest work, One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the fictional Colombian town Macondo and the rise and fall of its founders, the Buendía family.

This beguilingly colorful saga also works out a wider social and political allegory—sometimes too surreal to be plausible, at times more real than any conventional realism could afford. An exemplification of so-called magic realism, this allegorical texture incorporates a sense of the strange, fantastic, or incredible. Perhaps the key sociopolitical example is the apparent massacre by the army of several thousand striking workers whose dead bodies seem to have been loaded into freight trains before being dumped in the sea. Against the smoke screen of the official version, the massacre becomes a nightmare lost in the fog of martial law. The disappeared’s true history takes on a reality stranger than any conventional fiction, demanding fiction for the truth to be told.

While the novel can be read as an alternative, unofficial history, the inventive story telling brings to the foreground sensuality, love, intimacy, and different varieties of privation. Imagine the wit and mystery of the Arabian Nights and Don Quixote told by a narrator capable of metamorphosing from Hardy into Kafka and back in the course of a paragraph.


Gabriel García Márquez, (born March 6, 1927, Aracataca, Colombia—died April 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico), Colombian novelist and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, mostly for his masterpiece Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).

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