One Hundred Years of Solitude Equally tragic, joyful and comical, Gabriel Garcia Marquez s masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a seamless blend of fantasy and reality. It is the story of seven generations of the Buendia family and of Macondo, the town they have built. Though little more than a settlement surrounded by mountains, Macondo is a microcosm of Colombian life. Its secrets lie hidden, encoded in a book, and only Aureliano Buendia can fathom its mysteries and reveal its shrouded destiny. Love in the Time of Cholera Fifty-one years, nine months and four days have passed since Fermina Daza rebuffed hopeless romantic Florentino Ariza s impassioned advances and married Dr Juvenal Urbino. During that half-century, Florentino fell into the arms of many delighted women, but loved only Fermina. He lives for the day when he can court her again. When Fermina s husband is killed trying to retrieve his pet parrot from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?