One Hundred Years of Solitude | University of California – Davis Undergraduate Application Essay

I sat stagnantly in confusion with Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” open in my hands. Bewildered, I closed the book. On the cover, transcribed in glittering gold, was a sticker with the words: “Nobel Prize Winner!”.

How did a puzzling book about an incestuous family with jumpy narration, absurd plot, and repeating character names became an internationally renowned novel? As a literature enthusiast, I often wonder why certain pieces (that are considered insipid by the mainstream of older generations) achieve invaluable significance.

Driven by my interest, I examined the historical context of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” closely. And I began to realize that its value lies beyond the superficial entertainment that people derive from pieces: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is a revolutionary novel that combines European modernism and the magical-realism of Latin American Literature. It is an allegorical interpretation of Colombian history through the lens of a family in Macondo. And the jumpy narration that I found confusing is an intricate and bold mixture of more than four narration techniques. These challenged the established conventions of Garcia Marquez’s time.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” is one…

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