Three years ago I asked for and received a copy of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” for my birthday. I had read “Love in the Time of Cholera” by the same author, liked it, and assumed I’d like this one. I’d also been on an Isabelle Allende kick and thought more Mexican/Portugese-type writing would be great. Alas, this is my third attempt in reading this book. I just cannot wrap my brain around it. For some reason, it reminds me of Anna Karenina with all the characters having three or more names. I actually finished that Tolstoy tome, but am struggling with this one. However, I will prevail! I am determined to finish it this time! I originally planned on completion by June 26, but I doubt my busy schedule can handle the task. This isn’t a book I can ready quickly. My goal is July 4. Then I can celebrate my independence from Gabriel Garcia Marquez!