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