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The summer between my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college I was deported—not by the government or by any variation thereof, but by my parent (so I guess deported isn’t the right word). My parents live in Holland while I reside mostly in New Jersey (when I am not college in Massachusetts).

As part of a punishment for not getting a job or taking classes during the summer after high school, they moved me away from all my friends for a full three months, right before college was about to start. In hindsight, it wasn’t that bad and it made the transition to college much easier, but I only spent about a week with my friends throughout the entire summer, and as someone who is almost closer to her friends than to her own sister, that was difficult. “100 Years of Solitude” helped ease some of that distance.

Firstly, the author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is a god. I was going to say he was a god among men, but, unfortunately, he is no longer alive. The day he died, much like the day Robin Williams died, my world stopped. There is something about living in a world where the reality of your favorite author never publishing another book is so horribly tragic.

All of his books tend to transcend reality, but none more so than “100 Years of Solitude.”

The book centers around the Buendia family. The family came to a peninsula and settled there, and throughout the titular 100 years the family both thrives and fails.

There is no discernible overarching plot, other than that of following the family; however, each character has a life of their own with rich stories and interesting tales.

This book taught me that no one has an uninteresting life and everybody is worth listening to.

The book is filled with wonder and magic. The lyricism and beauty of it will take your breath away and inspire you. Symbolism is deeply embedded into every word and it makes each chapter, paragraph, and sentence a blessing to read.

Read this before you go into college. This book is something that you will think about for the rest of your life and your life begins now. It will help you through trying times during which you don’t know what to do. Hearing each individual storyline, your life doesn’t feel so bad as you connect with each character. The book will leave you gasping for air, lost for words, and crying too hard to do anything else. If you read nothing else, read this book.

Copyright 2015 Marielle Lyons

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