The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez creates a dreamy magic in this classic. My personal opinion is that everyone should read it, because it’s that good. But to get the animal lover concerns out of the way, I’m declaring One Hundred Years of Solitude to be Mostly Safe for animal lovers. There are references to hunting, cockfights, and various animal deaths, but none of that is shown. Instead, the animals are part of the magic, living in the town of Macondo alongside the Buendia family. At one point, when the Buendias are experiencing a wave of good fortune, the farm animals become extremely prolific. Another time, birds burst into the house to escape the severity of a heat wave. And small children are cruel to bugs and frogs. But in these and other instances, Marquez tells without showing. The animals are part of the background of every day life in Macondo and, as in real life, we learn a lot about the various characters from the ways in which they behave towards animals.

Marquez writes vividly and beautifully. Sometimes this book reads like a fever dream, with hallucinogenic quality. At other times, it feels incredibly real. And it’s never predictable. If you haven’t read it already, go out and find a copy now. It’s that good.


August 12, 2008 - Posted by | animals, Book Reviews | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This book is in mom’s TBR list, whatever that is! She’s glad to hear good things about it!


    Comment by Rusty | August 21, 2008 | Reply

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