This is a book that has popped up time and again every time I have searched for a new book to read. However, it was only after Marquez's death in 2014 that I decided to add this book to my ever-widening to-read list. I have heard the novel's genre described as 'magic realism' of which I am not too familiar, and was therefore a little apprehensive about beginning this book. However, it seems to have received rave reviews, so I decided to start it a few days ago.
It was certainly an enjoyable read, and a step outside of my comfort zone. I'm not sure whether it is a book that will stay with me, but I can see why it has captured so many peoples imaginations. In a way, it shows humanity in its most raw form - it strips away the layers of etiquette, culture and society that I guess I am so used to in other novels. It is pure in its illustrations of human emotion and relationships, and I guess for me that's what made it stand out.