A marvelously written book, populated by unforgettable and interesting characters. It chronicles the story of the Buendia family over a period of a hundred or so years, with individual family members painted with a degree of detail that seems amazing to me. Their individual stories are interwoven into the larger narrative of the family, with an interesting twist at the end.
There were several characters that are stuck to me, despite their relatively brief appearances. One was Remedios the Beauty, the purportedly most beautiful woman in Macondo, but someone who pays no regard to her own physical upkeep and has a very nominal concept of modesty. She’s supposedly the ‘most lucid’ person in town, or the most bananas, the book doesn’t conclude this either way. I cannot imagine why I’d be fixated on a pretty girl. No sir. Another character that was memorable is not technically of the family (well, not officially), and that’s Pilar Ternera. She’s the local, I want to say temptress, but not exactly, who contributes to the Buendia progeny from two Buendia brothers.
I’m not sure it reached the giddy heights that I experienced with Love in the Time of Cholera, but from a technical level it was probably a more difficult book to write. Cholera was primarily a love story between two (or three, depending on how you see it) people, while this was a story that had many people spanning generations, and he had to tie it in at the end. It is a hugely impressive book.