2015 Reading Challenge: Pair 11

11. “Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech & “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The two books in this pair are “Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Here is the note from the BuzzFeed article:

Walk Two Moons is a story within a story, told by a girl longing for her missing mother. The tale she weaves is fantastical, tinged with spirituality, mysticism, grief, a bit of romance, and rich descriptions of the land. Marquez’s epic masterpiece widens the scope of each of those themes. In a long and entrancing history of the mythical town of Macondo, he writes about love, revolution, prosperity, loss, and the tragic rise and fall of a family.

Do you agree these were good compliments?  What did you think of the books themselves?

Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post.  Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!

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“Walk Two Moons” was surprising, poignant, and really touched me whereas I found “One Hundred Years of Solitude” generally disorienting and confusing.  Although I agree there are some elements of the storytelling that have some similarities, I disagree that they’re very good compliments.

I came away with “Walk Two Moons” with reminders to enjoy every minute I can and to reach out to my family.  There are strong morals to the story that I think were well done.  “One Hundred Years of Solitude” depends a lot on fate as a driver of the plot.  This was not bad persay, but it does leave one with the feeling of the inevitability of everything with little uplifting about it.