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100YS Chapter 9

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

  • After four years of daily visits by Gen. Marquez, Amaranta still rejects him.  “…even though she had not succeeded in loving him she could no longer live without him.
  • Col. Aureliano Buendia is paranoid.  An entourage and chalk circles make people keep their distance from him.
  • The Colonel asks his doctor to show him exactly where his heart is.  The doctor paints a circle on his chest outlining the organ.  Much to the doctor’s delight and Col. A.B.’s disappointment, when the Colonel shoots himself in the chest, the bullet passes clean through without causing any serious damage.  Sneaky doctor.
  • Good Luck trying to figure out what happened when in this story.  One Hundred Years of Solitude is told by skipping back and forth through time.
 
 

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100YS Chapter 8

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

  • What is up with the twisted aunt/nephew relationship of Amaranta and Aureliano Jose?
  • Col. A.B.’s seventeen sons start arriving at Ursula’s doorstep to be baptized.
  • Captian Aquiles Ricardo shoots Aurelliano Jose, he, himself, is immediately shot and killed.  Four hundred men shoot into the dead Captain’s body, making it so that “A patrol had to use a wheelbarrow to carry the body, which was heavy with lead and fell apart like a water-soaked loaf of bread.”  Now there’s an image I could have done without!
  • Col. A.B. returns.  He won’t stop Gen. Moncada, his former father-in-law, from being executed.
 
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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

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100YS Chapter 7

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

  • Col. Aureliano Buendia is captured; Úrsula ignores the sentries blocking the way and goes in to see her son.  “I’m going in in any case,” Úrsula warned them.  “So if you have orders to shoot, start right in.”  Gutsy!
  • We’ve always known Col. A.B. has a sixth sense of sorts.  In this chapter he half-jokingly calls himself a wizard.  His premonitions are featured.
  • José Arcadio is murdered.  The book says it’s never discovered who killed him, but Rebeca was home, locked in the bathroom, and she never heard a thing.  (suspicious)
  • Gabriel García Márquez writes “magical realism”.  José Arcadio’s death is heavy on the “magical”.  His trail of blood wanders through town until it finds Úrsula.  The bedroom, where the body is, smells of gunpowder, the body smells of gun powder, but no gunshot wound is found.  In fact no wound is found at all.  I’ll spare you the details of the preparations of the body for the funeral, but… ewww.
  • After her husband’s murder, Rebeca “closed the doors of her house and buried herself alive, covered with a thick crust of disdain that no earthly temptation was ever able to break.”  Pretty clever word choices to describe the girl who ate dirt.
  • Col. A.B’s friend Col. Gerineldo Marquez is interested in Amaranta.  Why does she distance herself from all romantic relationships?  Must be part of the “solitude” that’s in the book’s title.
  • One last magical part of the chapter is when the ghost of Prudencio tends to José Arcadio Buendia in his final days.  When the patriarch dies (can you call what happened to him death?), it rained tiny, yellow flowers all over Macondo.
 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

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100YS Chapter 6

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

  • If Col. Aureliano Buendia was on a baseball card, his stats would read: 17 sons by 17 different women; survived 14 attempts on his life, 73 ambushes, and a firing squad.
  • Is this the same firing squad from the opening page of the book?
  • Col. A.B also had a failed suicide attempt when he shot himself in the chest.  The bullet came out without causing any major damage.  Great!  Now he and Anna Karenina‘s Vronksy can be buddies.
  • Col. A.B. leaves Macondo after putting Arcadio in charge.
  • Úrsula gets fed up with Arcadio’s cruelty and, using a whip, takes control of the town.
  • Amaranta rejects Pietro’s proposal-again.  Pietro commits suicide.  Why does Amaranta do this?  And why does she then self-inflict burns?
  • Arcadio tries to sleep with Pilar (his mother).  Pilar pays the virgin Santa Sofia to sleep with him instead.  They have a daughter.
  • The Liberals are being defeated and war comes to Macando.  All of Arcadio’s men are killed.
  • Arcadio is shot in front of a firing squad.  His last instructions are for his wife (did they marry?) in regards to naming their daughter and unborn child.
 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

100 YS Chapter 5

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

  • A double-wedding became a single. Aureliano and Remedios tied the knot, but Rebeca and Pietro didn’t.  Just who did write that misleading letter?  Amaranta?
  • Father Nicanor, the levitating priest, raised money to build a church.  I’m a huge hot chocolate lover, but it’s never caused me to float.
  • Amaranta– “For long months she had trembled with fright waiting for that hour, because is she had not been able to conceive the ultimate obstacle to Rebeca’s wedding, she was sure that at the last moment, when all the resources of her imagination had failed, she would have the courage to poison her.”    She’s frightened of having the courage to poison.
  • Wait just a minute!  Who will stand in front of a firing squad?  Is it Arcadio?  Is it Aureliano?  Because I’ve found references to both.
  • Remadios died: a disturbing sentence that mentioned “broth”.  I think Amaranta accidentally killed her when she was trying to kill Rebeca.
  • José Arcadio returned.  He’s now a tattooed giant which is great because it reminded me that giants are a theme in classic literature.  Now Queequeg and José Arcadio can compare ink.
  • Arcadio doesn’t know his father is José Arcadio; guess he wasn’t tipped off by the name.
  • Jose Arcadio and Rebeca wed.  Amaranta and Pietro didn’t.
  • Politics came to town.  There was election fraud and a plot to kill the Moscate family.
  • Aureliano started a revolt and gave himself the rank of Colonel.
 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

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100 YS Chapter 4

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

  • Two love-sick girls: Rebecca and Amaranta–both fawning over the piano man.
  • Cupid’s arrow strikes Auerliano. He distracts himself from the preteen Remedios, his obsession, by creating little gold fishes.  This print would be a lovely reward for finishing the novel.
  • Mad with desperation, Rebeca got up in the middle of the night and ate handfuls of earth in the garden with a suicidal drive, weeping with pain and fury, chewing tender earthworms and chipping her teeth on snail shells.
    Mr. Gabriel García Márquez, this passage made me taste dirt.
  • Ursula tries to rescue Rebeca from the “slough of delirium”.  Thanks to Pilgrim’s Progress, I know what a “slough” is.
  • Now it’s Aureliano’s turn to sleep with Pilar. Really?  both brothers?  That’s disturbing.  She also predicts that he would be an excellent soldier.
  • This quote speaks of Melquiades, shortly before his second death: “He soon acquired the forlorn look that one sees in vegetarians.”  chuckle-chuckle.
  • The cloc-cloc-ing bones of Rebeca’s parents are buried.
  • After a visit from Prudencio Aguilar’s ghost, José Arcadio Buendia goes mad, destroys his lab, and must be tried to the trunk of a chestnut tree.  Nice of him to continue the madness theme.

 

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

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100 YS Chapter 3

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

  • Úrsula has a candy animal business. Must look for candy animals to eat at the wrap-up with Christina and Jeannette.  No gummie candy though.
  • concupiscence–could be a Classic Word of the Day.  perhaps with a PG13 rating
  • Rebecca arrives with her parents’ bones, a hunger for dirt, and the insomnia plague
  • Don Apolinar Moscote arrives as magistrate.  José Arcadio Buendia will be his enemy.
 
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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

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