Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson

One hundred years of reading this book

I'm rereading One Hundred Years of Solitude, a book I only partially read for a high school English class years ago. Two things about me and reading books: one is that I'm a slow but thorough reader; I can recite nearly all details in what I've read even weeks afterward but I'm about twice as slow as my faster reading friends. The other is that reality and the fiction I read collide and meld in my head and I frequently make silent comparisons between the characters in each. It's actually comforting, because I'm learning that my existence isn't all that atypical and the future that the fiction predicts is both believeable and not entirely disappointing.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a long book, though. I'm not quite half way through and the book could have ended three times already. The cast of characters grows old, dies, new ones are born, mature, marry, have children, and the story goes on. It's of course a very nice device to chronicle the city of Macondo but -- I'm already satisfied with my meal, I don't need the rest of this entree. Oh, well, I'll keep poking at it, it still tastes good.
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