I finished up One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez this past week and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending is quite sad though. Marquez uses a style called magical realism which is unlike pretty much anything else I have ever read. Reading this book was like listening to exaggerated tales told by some wise old man. I guess this style appeals to me because I have always like sci-fi which is similar. In fact, I believe that great sci-fi is extremely realistic given the made up world or situation that the characters are thrown into.
Marquez makes up a world where all kinds of unbelieveable things happen, but the family that he examines have many basic human flaws and weaknesses that the average person of today can relate to. If you are looking for something different, something extraordinary, I would highly recommend this book.
Up next: Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier.