Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) spans multiple generations, tests the boundaries of reality, and commands the hearts and imaginations of its readers. In this interview, our eleventh reader encourages me to dive right into this “larger than life” novel and to not be intimidated by its style or Nobel Prize-winning reputation. Our conversation shifts from Márquez’s majestic novel to our personal reading habits, and concludes with a wonderful discussion of children’s literature (an area of interest for our reader as an elementary school teacher).
“I think you can just dive in. You just need to kind of have an open mind and be ready to get weird. Also be ready to not understand everything the first time. Be like ‘That twenty pages was confusing, but I’m going to keep pushing and figure out the rest of the story.’ The second time around you get the whole thing, but the first time? It’s gonna be bumpy.”