The major themes of this novel trickle like a waterfall through One Hundred Years of Solitude, returning again and again to illuminate the Buendías and human nature. They are time, fate, humor and magic. It is in these concepts that the great playfulness and great power of the novel live. What do you need to know about them—and how will it help you in your reading?



Take a crash course here:
Time  |  Fate  |  Humor  |  Magic
Excerpt from Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Copyright(c) 2002 by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. English Translation copyright(c) 2003 by Gabriel García Márquez. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman. Posted by arrangement with Alfred A Knopf, a division of Random House Inc.  

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