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"From the Ted Talk by Francisco Díez-Buzo: Why should you read "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?"

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Yet this is no mere historical drama. One Hundred Years of sduoltie is one of the most famous examples of a literary genre known as magical realism. Here, sntuarperual events or abilities are described in a realistic and matter-of-fact tone, while the real events of human life and history reveal themselves to be full of fantastical ausidrtby. srueral pnehnmoea within the fictional village of madcono intertwine seamlessly with events taking plcae in the real country of Colombia. The settlement begins in a mythical state of isolation, but is gradually exposed to the outside world, fanicg multiple ctaialiems along the way. As years pass, characters grow old and die, only to return as ghosts, or to be seemingly reincarnated in the next generation. When the American fruit company comes to town, so does a romantic mechanic who is always followed by yellow butterflies. A young woamn up and floats away.

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Yet this is no mere historical drama. One Hundred Years of ________ is one of the most famous examples of a literary genre known as magical realism. Here, ____________ events or abilities are described in a realistic and matter-of-fact tone, while the real events of human life and history reveal themselves to be full of fantastical _________. _______ _________ within the fictional village of _______ intertwine seamlessly with events taking _____ in the real country of Colombia. The settlement begins in a mythical state of isolation, but is gradually exposed to the outside world, ______ multiple __________ along the way. As years pass, characters grow old and die, only to return as ghosts, or to be seemingly reincarnated in the next generation. When the American fruit company comes to town, so does a romantic mechanic who is always followed by yellow butterflies. A young _____ up and floats away.

Solution

  1. woman
  2. calamities
  3. solitude
  4. phenomena
  5. facing
  6. surreal
  7. supernatural
  8. macondo
  9. place
  10. absurdity

Original Text

Yet this is no mere historical drama. One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most famous examples of a literary genre known as magical realism. Here, supernatural events or abilities are described in a realistic and matter-of-fact tone, while the real events of human life and history reveal themselves to be full of fantastical absurdity. Surreal phenomena within the fictional village of Macondo intertwine seamlessly with events taking place in the real country of Colombia. The settlement begins in a mythical state of isolation, but is gradually exposed to the outside world, facing multiple calamities along the way. As years pass, characters grow old and die, only to return as ghosts, or to be seemingly reincarnated in the next generation. When the American fruit company comes to town, so does a romantic mechanic who is always followed by yellow butterflies. A young woman up and floats away.

Important Words

  1. abilities
  2. absurdity
  3. american
  4. begins
  5. butterflies
  6. calamities
  7. characters
  8. colombia
  9. company
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  11. die
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  14. examples
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  16. facing
  17. famous
  18. fantastical
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  20. floats
  21. fruit
  22. full
  23. generation
  24. genre
  25. ghosts
  26. gradually
  27. grow
  28. historical
  29. history
  30. human
  31. intertwine
  32. isolation
  33. life
  34. literary
  35. macondo
  36. magical
  37. mechanic
  38. mere
  39. multiple
  40. mythical
  41. pass
  42. phenomena
  43. place
  44. real
  45. realism
  46. realistic
  47. reincarnated
  48. return
  49. reveal
  50. romantic
  51. seamlessly
  52. seemingly
  53. settlement
  54. solitude
  55. state
  56. supernatural
  57. surreal
  58. tone
  59. town
  60. village
  61. woman
  62. world
  63. years
  64. yellow
  65. young