I first read “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez when I was in 10th grade. I chose the book out of a stack of paperbacks that a friend’s dad was giving away. I had never heard of the book, but the title stuck out as I was dealing with some depression due to my cousin’s death and a feeling of alienation due to being a gay kid in Southeast Idaho. The book instantly captured me and I read it in two days over Christmas break. The book has had a profound impact on my life. It inspired me to learn Spanish (to be honest there was also a beautiful Latino boy with long eyelashes that I was enamored with that served as inspiration as well), and introduced to me the literary movement of Magical Realism and other wonderful authors such as Isabel Allende and Jorge Luis Borges.
What I appreciate most about 100 Years of Solitude is that it taught me the life lesson that as we grow, our perspective on things change. As a 15 year old, I saw the book as the story of a family. As I grew older I recognized the political discourse within the text and the themes of imperialism, creation of the other and fatalism. As 2017 has been an emotional year for me, rereading the text I recognized the humanity of each character and Marquez’s brilliance in regards to archetypes. .
As time passes, we gain different perspective on life events. Just as I view 100 Years of Solitude differently today as I did at 15, it will be interesting to see how I view this year given the passage of time and the gaining of new experiences.
I’m knitting a hat called “The Alaskan”. It is a beautiful pattern. The picture is from the Ravelry Website. The link is below.