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“Required reading for the entire human race.”

By Allison Kooser

This month, we are so excited to dive into Nobel-prize-winning writer Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.   

García Márquez’s masterpiece invites readers on a journey through time, exploring the rise and fall of the fictional town of Macondo through the eyes of the Buendía family over the course of six generations. Every facet of life featured within these pages—from birth to death, marriage to heartbreak—is described with a vibrancy readers will not soon forget. 

One Hundred Years of Solitude has achieved enormous acclaim: The New York Times called it “an irresistible work of storytelling;” The Washington Post’s Book World wrote that it has “more lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry than is expected from 100 years of novelists, let alone one man;” and The New York Times Book Review said, “[It] should be required reading for the entire human race.” 

Through his work, García Márquez invites readers into a fictional Colombia—but one that points to the real beauty, challenges, and potential of the country we know and love. You can learn more about Opportunity’s origin story in Colombia here, or learn more about our current work in Colombia here. And, as always, happy reading! We hope you enjoy this masterpiece as much as we do. 

Have a friend who would enjoy reading with us, too? Help us grow by inviting your friends and fellow readers—just send them here: opportunity.org/bookclub

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