“This incredible novel put me under a spell,” the singer wrote of her Service95 book club’s October pick
Forget new rules — Dua Lipa’s got a new read!
“This incredible novel put me under a spell,” Lipa says of the genre-defining book, which follows the story of one family through seven generations.
“I was captivated by the fantastical elements that live alongside reality and loved how time loops and sways in the fictional town of Macondo," the Grammy winner continues. “True, at times I had to find my way through the many Aurelianos and José Arcadios that populate the seven generations of the Buendía family. But getting lost and succumbing to the mastery of Gabriel García Márquez’s storytelling is all part of the joy of this epic tale.”
Lipa says that throughout the novel she found herself “reflecting on love and war, familial bonds, the consequences of modernity and of course, the many meanings of solitude.”
“It’s irresistible,” she finishes.
As with each of her book club’s monthly selections, shining a spotlight on One Hundred Years of Solitude will also include a discussion guide and bonus material, all of which will be published on her editorial platform Service95.
According to a press release, bonus content for García Márquez’s novel will include a short story and Colombian travel guide, "insights into his writing process and inspirations," and an interview with the late author’s son Rodrigo about "the writer’s family dynamic."
The book club will also publish “musings on the novel’s lasting legacy” from Juan Gabriel Vásquez, the Colombian writer behind The Sound of Things Falling and The Shape of the Ruins, per the release.
A segment of a lecture about García Márquez given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the author of Lipa’s August book club selection, Half of a Yellow Sun — will also be featured on Service95 this month.
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Lipa’s monthly selections are intended to highlight the club’s belief that literature can “represent diverse global voices, telling powerful stories spanning fiction, memoir and manifesto,” per the platform’s website.
In addition to One Hundred Years of Solitude and Half of a Yellow Sun, the Future Nostalgia songstress has also recommended Just Kids by Patti Smith, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart since starting the club in June.
García Márquez has cemented himself as a classic author and cultural icon with not only One Hundred Years of Solitude but also his other novels, including Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Love in the Time of Cholera, which earned him a funny nod in The Simpsons.
He was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 for “his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts,” per the Nobel Prize’s website.
In October 2022, Netflix announced that it had acquired the rights to develop an adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude in a video preview showcasing “preparations of the physical Macondo.”
Rodrigo, along with García Márquez’s other son Gonzalo, were named executive producers of the adaptation, which would be shot in Colombia, according to The New York Times.
The Nobel Prize winner, who died in 2014, received many offers to adapt the film throughout the years and declined them over concern that — unlike some of his shorter books, which have been adapted — it would not fit nicely into a film or two, Gonzalo told the outlet. The author was also set on the story being told in its original language, Spanish.
According to Gonzalo, his family decided to sell the novel’s rights because “the level and prestige and success of series and limited series has grown so much” in recent years, per The Times.
While the title is listed on the platform, there have been no further updates or announcements about the project.
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