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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Márquez's book is actually Melquiades' manuscript.
I'm not even sure if this is a Wild Mass Guess or if that's what you are supposed to get from the story. It seems to make sense being as it ends at the exact same moment Aureliano forcibly finishes reading it. Which brings about the question of whether Melquiades has been some kind of god-like, malevolent, or indifferent figure all along.
  • That makes sense when you know that Aureliano Jose was destined to marry Carmelita Montiel but dies first because of the contagious bad luck of his mother and in the Family Tree at the beginning (considering it as an integral part of the book) they are considered married.
Odd ThomasWMG/LiteratureThe Outsiders

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