Prepare yourself for a trip to the magical world of García-Márquez. It's a good idea to bring a scorecard. As author, he is also God to his imagined world and creates generations of Buendías, who all share some form of the same name. Sorting them out becomes an important task to the reader, who is in for a great surprise at the end.
Ursula and José Arcadio Buendía strike out on their own when their marriage is found to be unacceptable to their village. Leaving all behind, they search for a site to locate a "pueblo" of their own making. During their search, a child with the tail of a pig is born to them. They found the village of Macondo and the child grows as does the family and the town.
Maconda is a town noted for strange happenings, but they are only strange to those who do not live within its boundaries. The citizens regard this phenomena as ordinary and normal; as it is all they know. Floating women, droughts, floods, and bananas all figure into the storyline. Maconda is a place where all things are possible and the laws of nature do not necessarily apply.
Bring your scorecard or geneology chart.