One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez) – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis


What it do yo? This week we need
some freakin’ CONDOMS with One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One night, stone cold playa Jose
Arcadio Buendia has a trippy dream bout a swanked-out city that got mirrors for walls.
The name that ragin through his head? Macondo. It’s at dat moment that he tells the other
homies in posse: “Yo hold up. We settin up shop here.” And thus, Macondo is born. So he settles there with his biddy
Ursula Iguaran where they get freaky on the reg and she pops out a swoel batch of kids.
But Jose don’t pay them much mind. Instead, fool like to isolate himself in his stuffy-ass
digs and get geeked up bout life’s mysteries. At first Macando was a fly spot
where nobody got beef and people ain’t even die. But eventually, the civilized world starts
gettin all up in their turf and a civil war busts out. As the text go on, we kickin it
with Jose Arcadio Buendia’s kids, then their kids, then their kids- 7 generations of bustas
with basically the same name. But it ain’t only the names they be
sharin. Over time, we seein the Buendias
and baby Buendias doin the same things over and over- makin babies with family members,
isolating themselves, getting obsessed with mysteries, I could go on playa. Eventually, the railroad tracks
make it to Macando and things starts gettin real dirty- a bunch o shysti capitalists set
up a banana plantation and straight up ICE homies that refuse to hustle. Between dat
and the Buendias’ fatal habits, we seein Macondo fall straight to sh**. Eventually, the town breathes its
last breath when a big-ass hurricane drops in to town. Just then, the great, great, GREAT
grandson of Jose Arcadio Buendia translates a secret code spittin that errrything that
happened to his family was already written 100 years ago. Da hell? Now listen up and let me school you
on this book’s title, son. One of the PHATTEST themes Marquez slangin up in here is the theme
of solitude. From the moment yo ass get
yanked straight from yo mama’s oo- wee, you in this game all by yo- self. The rest
of yo life becomes a process of realizin yo separated from the rest of the hood, hustlin’
relentless to try to fix it, then cruisin down that last lonely road: death. And each
one of them Buendia playas reppin they own solitude. For example, our boy Jose Arcadio
Buendia’s always dippin out of his regular life cuz he jonezin for somethin’ new
and fresh. But eventually Jose realize dat the
so called new and fresh ain’t nothin but an illusion. On the real, life is a cycle
where the same mess happen over and over. You can peep dat theme reflected in
the dankest symbol of this book: mirrors. Images of mirrors bein slung all up in this
text like Marquez don’t even give a fu**! Jose see mirrors in dreams, the twins Aureliano
Segundo and Jose Arcadio Segundo act like mirrors to one anotha, and Macando even called
a city of mirrors. And in this crazy-ass city, the
Buendia family is like a house of mirrors. Cuz errything that Jose Aracadio Buendia do
reflects on all 7 generations of dem Beundias. Not only are all dem cats repeating the same
stupid sh** over and over, but it all happening at the same time. Marquez’s style preachin
that time, place, character- none of dat mess mean nothin. We’re just in this big- ass
flow where time don’t matter at all, cuz errything and errybody bleeds together. But by the end of the book, the
idea that time don’t matter gets flipped right on it’s ass: when Aureliano finally
translates da one hundred year old code, he realize errything bout the Buendias- including
his own death, was already in the cards. Gonna have to reflect on that
reflection, yo. But don’t worry playboy: It’s also foretold that you gonna hit that
SUBSCRIBE button OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Catch y’all playas later. Peace.

100 Replies to “One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez) – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

  1. This book is crazy! I think this was the most concize summary and analysis of all of it because a detailed analysis would take a minimum of 20 mins. There are so many generations of Aurelianos, Joses, Amarantas and Remedios it's kinda crazy. At some point there are like 17 Aurelianos and they are all brothers and they all get shanked!!

    The interesting thing about 100YoS is that you can read it as a retelling of South America's history. Every character in the story is a personification of several historical events that repeated themselves in various south-american countries and the repetition works as a symbol for the constant loophole these developing countries find themselves in, going through the same cycles over and over without being able to break out of them.

    García Marquez accentuates the idea that if we keep repeating these same cycles we are cursed to get destroyed anyways. But then again, all the Aurelianos who try to break the cycles through revolutions or try to decipher the code of the prophecy are either unsuccesful or too late. So… seems like we're trapped. We've been trapped from the moment we founded Macondo to run away from our ghosts and our guilt and forced ourselves to not love so that we wouldn't have sons with pig tails on their butts.

  2. sick episode, I would have loved you going deeper into the events that happened to every generation to remember it but it was an enjoyment video to remember this mess of a book, thank you.

  3. Hey, you! Hope you are doing great!!!
    There is just a little misspelling in the information provided here, I'm afraid…the name of the town described in the amazing book of García Márquez is MACONDO and not Macando…
    Kind regards from Brazil!

  4. Its really the eldest son, Colonel Areliano Buenda who is the main character. The majority of the book centers around his experience and the other characters are basically there to fill in the details of his life. The part at the end with his offspring and extended family doing their own thing was basically the epithet to his life, his legacy.

    I have never seen a more depressing character in literature. The dude straight up said if he knew how his life would turn out and what would happen he would have killed himself on the spot when he was a young man. In fact, the guy actually shot himself in the head at one point, but it was too shallow a wound to kill him. The poor man fought and fought his whole life to make his father's dream a reality and never succeeded. He died slumped over face first against a wall out of sheer depression in the end.

    His life and the lives of several other side characters made this the most depressing book I've ever read and I don't recommend it to anyone. "Families doomed to one hundred years of solitude do not receive a second change in this world." – the last line in the book…

  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude more interesting when it is analyzed as a great metaphor for the history of South America and the Caribbean culture in which the author grew up. GGM spent his childhood with his grandparents in Aracataca, which is basically Macondo, a town that saw its life affected by the arrival of the Union Fruit Comp. As an adult he worked as a journalist and was even a correspondent during the Cuban revolution. The superstitions of his characters, their obsessions, civil war and violence were part of the life of the author and the society he saw

  6. I live in ma condo. On a beach called Redondo. With a girl who' s bleach-blondo. Where we practice Tae Kwon Do. While singing in rondo. With Hector Elizondo. Whom we're very very fondo.

  7. Interesting anaysis. Read also an interview with Gabriel (imaginary) in “stenote” dot “blogspot” dot “com” in the 2014 folder.

  8. I really didn't like the book and I couldn't care less for the players in it. It got the Nobel prize because it is all a metaphore for South America's history, how some came from Spain, how the white men came and capitalism is bad, just because, and so on. It is a well written book, but I felt like it was written to be something great, not something good… so yeah, I didn't like it.

  9. I'm sorry but as a spanish speaker I never liked this book. Is too cringy inducing with lots of incest, pedofile, child prostitution and a bunch of supernatural stuff that…just happens for like no aparent reason. Maybe I read it when I was too young (I was 11 then) but I'm sure I'm not reading it again.

  10. if memory serves me , that music at the end is from Tchaikovsky's War of "1812 overture" about the Russians finally pushing back Napoleon and his army out of Russia . Composed in 1882 . In some performances there are real cannons firing making loud booms . Of course they just explodin the gunpowder and not blasting cannon balls off into the crowd

  11. Do the 'Idiot' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky! (Btw if you take this comment please cut my username from the pic. Thank you, love the vids btw!)

  12. I highly recommend reviewing the general in his labyrinth also by Gabriel. It is a really good book 📖

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