One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a classic in world literature. The text itself focuses on the Buendia family, which starts with Jose Arcadia Buendia and his cousin Ursala, who marry without their family’s blessing and eventually leave to found the city of Macando—the mystical place that their family will inhabit and run for the next 100 years.
At the beginning of the novel, the town of Macondo is sleepy and more magic than modern. It is visited by gypsies who can do magic and bring mystical objects that don’t conform to what we know about reality—these gypsies are the only insight the town gets to the outside world for many of the early years of its existence. Throughout the book, the town moves more towards reality and modernity as time moves on—the family, growing closer to modernity and depravity, slowly forgets themselves and the lessons they have passed down through the generations.
The banana plantation—an analogy for the United Fruit Company in...
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