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14 years of Livejournalling, and hopefully, more to come.

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:: One Hundred Years of Solitude ::

:: One Hundred Years of Solitude ::

This is a paperback whose reviews placed it as a literary masterpiece - 
Widely acclaimed, the book eventually became the recipient for the 1982 Nobel Prize. 
Intrigued, I borrowed the volume from M a couple of years back, and tried to digest it. 
However, the complex family hierarchy confused me greatly; 
Jose Arcadio Buendia, and then Jose Arcadio, and then Aureliano Buendia,
Plus Arcadio and Aureliano Jose from the third generation, sounded just like one another.
And this was acerbated by the fourth generation folks: Jose Arcadio Segundo, Aureliano Segundo, 
And yes, the fifth generation of Jose Arcadio (II). There were the sixth and seventh generations as well. 
I gave up after the first few chapters, and several months later, on a trip to Lombok, I decided to 
Give the book a try again, only to realize that I had to re-read the book from the beginning again, 
As I have forgotten the plot - which was set in this south-american-ish jungle of sorts. 
I ended up misplacing the book. Several years ago, I chanced across the book at Page One
And decided to buy it to return it to M. Harbouring a glimmer of hope that I would eventually 
Complete this novel, I kept the book with me. Since then, I have only managed about a quarter. 
I think there are just too many distractions these days - from the endless streams of data
Emerging from the internet and social media, as well as the text and whatsapp messages. 
I need to set forth to a remote island with no telecommunication signals whatsoever, 
With twenty books in my reading list, and have a quiet moment - 
Just me, the waves, the sun, the sand and the words. 

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The beginning of the book is a classic already. I always cite it to teach my literature students how to write a great opening. And that's as much as I've read so far. - Brian

I suppose such great openings are hard to write - what makes a good opening?

I would have given up long time ago! ;)

That's what i was thinking too - needa isolate myself in a place to focus on a good story. I was too distracted to finish my current book. But I spent just three days on Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles. *Thumbs up to myself*

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