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100YS Chapter 6

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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.
 
 

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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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 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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100 YS Chapter 2

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  • Married cousins + chastity pants + Prudencio Aguilar’s taunt – iguanas = a murder, a ghost and the reason José Arcadio Buendia and Úrsula move
  • Pilar Ternera: Her sad past has twisted her sexual relationships.
    …she kept the madness of her heart intact.”  Pay attention to madness as a theme.
  • Instead of ice, this time the gypsies bring a flying carpet and a waif that catches José Arcadio’s eye.
  • José Arcadio leaves with the gypsies even though Pilar is having his baby.
  • Úrsula leaves behind baby Amaranta for five months and returns to Macando not with José Arcadio but with citizens of a town only two days away.100_9756

 

 
 

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100 YS Chapter 1

My unintentional blogging break has resulted in a case of blog post hesitancy, reluctantcy even.  It is not because I don’t want to resume our online book discussion but for fear that I no longer remember how.  The treatment for my for my fictional ailment is to start by writing lists as I retrain my brain in the art of classic conversation.

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  • I notice that there are no chapter titles or numbers.  I’m sure this must be intentional but cannot find the reason for it.
  • The opening sentence grabs me: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Beundia was to remember that distanct afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”   I’m intrigued.  Firing squad.  Military officer.  Ice.  When and where am I?
  • I ask my husband for a refresher on pronunciation of Spanish vowels.  I need to be able to say the character names.
  • Why are so many of the characters named the same name?!  Good thing my translation has a family tree in the front.
  • On the men’s expedition this phrase is used to describe the area–”going back to before original sin”.  It instantly makes me think of Eden.
  • Oooo  so as an infant Aureliano has magical powers.  Interesting.
  • Ice is “the great invention of our time”.  100_9755
 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

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Headed for Columbia

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It’s spring and, sadly, my part of Michigan still has plenty of snow on the ground.  I’m ready for a change of scenery, even if I have to take a fictional trip to Columbia to get it.

That’s exactly where “A Classic Case of Madness” is going next.  We’re off to Gabriel García Márquez’s invented city of Macondo, Columbia where One Hundred years of Solitude takes place.

We hope you’ll join us.  According to the review on the back of my copy of the title, One Hundred Years of Solitude is… “One of the most influential literary works of our time”.

It’s time to begin WEM book twenty-seven: One Hundred Years of Solitude!
 

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

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