Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Casebooks in Criticism)
Casebooks in Criticism offer analytical and interpretive frameworks for understanding key texts in world literature and film. Each casebook reprints documents relating to a work's historical context and reception, presents the best critical studies, and, when possible, features an interview with the author. Accessible and informative to scholars, students, and nonspecialist readers alike, the books in this series provide a wide range of critical and informative commentaries on major texts.
Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude is arguably the most important novel in twentieth-century Latin American literature. This Casebook features ten critical articles on García Márquez's great work. Carefully selected from the most important work on the novel over the past three decades, they include pieces by Carlos Fuentes, Iris Zavala, James Higgins, Jean Franco, Michael Wood, and Gene H. Bell-Villada. Among the intriguing aspects of the work discussed are its mythic dimension, its "magical" side, its representations of women, its relationship with past chronicles of exploration and discovery, its portrayals of Western power and imperialism, its astounding diffusion throughout the globe and the media, and its simple truth-telling, its fidelity to the tangled history of Latin America. The book incorporates several theoretical approaches--historical, feminist, postcolonial; the first English translation of Fuentes's renowned, oft-cited, eight page meditation on the work; a general introduction; and a 1982 interview with García Márquez.
Helpful, but like so many anthologies, uneven
By Robert Moore - March 24, 2003
This book cannot fail to be of use to anyone trying to gain a fuller understanding of García Márquez's ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. Although not useless to advanced readers, the collection is explicitly targeted at readers approaching the text for the first time. I imagine they had this in mind as a college text to accompany the novel. Anthologies are almost always uneven, with some essays justifying the cost of the book, and others that seem to either muddy the water or just waste one's time. This collection is no exception. Several of the essays are superb. In general, as the editor acknowledges in the Introduction, the clearest, most helpful essays are those by scholars working in Great Britain. The least helpful are those scholars--either American or Latin American--in the grips of literary theory. One of the essays is so densely written that nearly the entire piece consists of buzz words from cultural studies and comparative literature. I can't imagine... read more
By BDMJ "Dan" - October 13, 2012
Drivel at its finest. The author not only lacks an entertaining writing style, but also seems to misunderstand exactly what a "casebook of criticism" should entail (ideally it would be critical).
By A Customer - November 18, 2002
Excellent material but the print is too small to read without strain even with glasses.