Love in the time of cholera

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paper Book, 1988

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

Description

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.

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Ik hou van mannen als Márquez. Wijze, erudiete mannen. Ze vertellen mij dat het niet verkeerd is om gematigd en rustig te zijn, of zelfs af en toe te twijfelen. In deze tijd van mediacratie, waar de makkelijk pratende mensen het voor het zeggen hebben, de vorm dus voor de inhoud gaat (en ik iedere keer merk dat ik, tot mijn grote ergernis, ook de neiging heb om aan die trend mee te doen) ervaar ik hen als een oase van rust. Een geruststellende hand op de schouder die zegt dat ik niet altijd op scherp hoef te staan en dat het misschien wel een goed idee is om even een pauze te nemen.
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Suppose, then, it were possible, not only to swear love ''forever,'' but actually to follow through on it - to live a long, full and authentic life based on such a vow, to put one's alloted stake of precious time where one's heart is? This is the extraordinary premise of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's new novel ''Love in the Time of Cholera,'' one on which he delivers, and triumphantly.

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LibraryThing member Jenson_AKA_DL
If I were called upon to give an idea of what this story is about, I really wouldn't say it had anything to do with love at all. Infatuation, yes. Obsession, definitely. Deviant behaviors, umm...yup to that as well (the pacifier thing really grossed me out!). Basically this is the story of a sorry sort of man and a self-centered woman who see each other and decide to get married via correspondence, never actually speaking with each other. Yes, on the face it sounds sort of romantic but, in my opinion, it really wasn't.

Confusingly, the story starts off near the end of the tale and then moves into flashback mode, which makes up the majority of the book. I will say that the author's method of telling a story is lyrical and descriptive. In fact, I thought the writing was quite good. The problem I had mainly laid in the fact that I really couldn't stand the characters and by the time I was 2/3rds of the way through the book I finally decided that I didn't actually care what happened at the end and gave up. For me to enjoy a book I have to feel a connection with the characters and here I just couldn't feel anything but apathy and perhaps a bit of disgust.

There was also the issue of the font the book which was very cramped and hard to read (this, of course, is no fault of the author). Unfortunately, I don't know that if I had been reading another edition that I would have liked it any better.

I know that I am in the minority for disliking this book and had reservations about writing a review of a story I did not actually finish, but I figure that I did read enough to formulate an honest (if not very popular) opinion of my own.
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LibraryThing member bethanydhart
1) You must have patience to read this novel. 2) You must understand that Gabriel García Márquez is frequently lambasted for his plodding rhythm and tangential writing style. 3) Despite all this, it's unlikely you'll regret ingesting this complex tale of obsession, suffering, hypocrisy, and (yes) love. The passion won't be there in your initial perception, but I found it on every page just as soon as I finished the book and closed the cover.… (more)
LibraryThing member jlelliott
My husband went into a bookstore to get me a book for our first anniversary and requested a love story. He was told that Love in the Time of Cholera was the best love story in existence. It is certainly my favorite work by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, perhaps because it is short on the magical realism that permeates his other novels. Marquez has a gift of taking unlikely characters and situations and turning them into stories that ring distinctly true. There are several types of love in this novel: childish infatuations that dissolve or degenerate into obsession, love that begins as dislike and matures into dependence, friendships, and many sexual pairings of varying emotional involvement. Marquez also describes the Magdalena river with such love that I long to see it, an impossible wish as even during the timeframe of the novel it no longer exits as it once did.… (more)
LibraryThing member indygo88
As I look over other reviews of this book, they seem to range from very low to very high. And then there are the few somewhere in the middle. I can't sugarcoat it: I had a fair amount of difficulty getting through this one. It's really only a little on the long side as far as novels go, but realistically, it felt like a monster of a book. The formatting of the book largely contributes to this: very few, very LONG chapters, long paragraphs, and minimal dialogue. I think what Marquez is trying to do with this story is present a somewhat non-traditional definition of what "love" is. I don't necessarily disagree with his interpretation, but it requires some open-mindedness on the reader's part. And a lot of patience.

Had this story been about one-fourth the length it was, it would've been more palatable. As it was, I had to force myself to keep going. The writing, to me, was almost too flowery at times, and I don't think there was any one character in this novel that was truly likeable. And because of that, in addition to the other above-mentioned characteristics, I found myself not able to really invest any true feeling or soul toward the story or cast. I was mostly just interested in getting to the end so that I could start the next book on my reading list.
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LibraryThing member mlgonzales
A fifty-year love triangle between Fermina Daza, Florentino Ariza, and Doctor Juvenal Urbino in the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. Literally translated in Spanish, "tener un arranque de cólera," means to have an attack of cholera, but figuratively means to be very angry, in love. In this sense, the novel refers to being in anger that love brings. García Márquez uses third-person narrative to express personally to the reader about the emotional and physical battles the characters face throughout the book. Starting out with the present day upon returning home, Urbino falls to his death after trying to retrieve the household parrot from the branches of a mango tree, leaving his wife, Fermina Daza, a widow. After the funeral, Florentino Ariza approaches Daza and declares once more his vow of everlasting love. She is furious at him and orders him out of the house. The chapters turn to flashbacks from the past. following the first two from childhood to old age.
I have read this book more than once, reliving and enjoying the love that Florentino has for Fermina. How a love that true and pure lasted over the years. This truly showed the the strength of the human spirit of love. In my present day situation, I am to be engaged. My fiancee is back in Morocco taking care of his ailing father. He is dying of lung cancer. It has been 11 months since I have seen him. I could relate to Florentino's constant love affair with Fermina. His willing to just love one woman, for the rest of his life. No matter was what cost or loss, his heart stayed commited.
In the classroom, I would have children draw pictures of what they love to do in their free-time. I would have them share their love for whatever activity by acting them out or demonstrating to the entire class. I would have them express why and how it makes them feel this certain way.
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LibraryThing member jillrhudy
I abhor this novel more than words can express. Florentino is a major stinko, and I was unimpressed when this self-aggrandizing pedophile threw himself at the feet of Fermina after his underaged ward/latest conquest KILLED HERSELF. Good lord. Why did Oprah think this is a romantic book? Why does anyone? I would rather walk on hot coals than read this again.… (more)
LibraryThing member RidgewayGirl
This is a book. Going in, I knew that it was a modern classic of South American literature and both Worthy and Important, after all, I've had a copy for at least three decades, the bookmark sitting sadly between page 36 and page 37. I was unprepared, however, for the experience of reading it. Reading Love in the Time of Cholera is a brilliant, immersive, frustrating and fabulous experience.

Set a hundred years ago, in a coastal city in Colombia, Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, from the moment Florentino first catches sight of Fermina and falls madly, desperately in love, until they are both elderly. It's not an easy path; Florentino is awkward and weird and Fermina's father disapproves of the relationship. She marries another, and while his heart remains hers, he spends much of his time juggling a number of lovers as he waits for her to become free.

First published in 1985, Florentino's sexual ethics are presented as laudable and perhaps by the standards of the time and place, they are. But by modern standards, many of his relationships are coercive, if not blatantly abusive. This is the dead insect in the glorious feast of this book. Which is not to negate the importance or the beauty of this excellent book. I'm eager to read Marquez's other novels now.… (more)
LibraryThing member Boobalack
I fully expected to enjoy this book after all the hype. I was very disappointed. It should be named Lust in the Time of Cholera. I guess Florentino did love Fermina in his own way, but if he had truly loved her, he wouldn't have been bedding everything that came down the pike. If seemed to be more of an exercise in self-pity for over fifty years, rather than a lasting love. Also, it was disgusting to read of his having sex, even though with her consent, with a child -- I believe that's called rape. Another sickening item was two (I hesitate to use the word lovers.) lovers taking enemas together. The author must be one sick dude, even if he did win a Pulitzer Prize. Yecch.… (more)
LibraryThing member Saucy1831
I did not like the writing style of this book at all. I thought it was too rambling and "fruity" at times that did nothing to improve the reading experience for me. I struggled to start the book about 3 times until eventually, I took a deep breath and decided just tot go for it no matter what, bad decision. I ended up wasting about 10 days reading a book that I can truly find nothing enjoyable or fulfilling to say about. I did not like the characters, even the ones that were supposed to be likable, while cringing at the weakness of some of the characters.

This is a book that could only be enjoyed and fully understood by a hopeless romantic, of which, I am not one. I don't possess a romantic bone in my body and perhaps that is why I did not enjoy one word of this book.

At first I assumed I was struggling with the writing because it had been translated from the original Spanish but now I just don't think I liked the style or excessive length of the story. He could have cut it back a lot and made it somewhat enjoyable even to me! I only finished it as it had been mentioned by a Colombian friend of mine that very rarely suggests books, so I persevered just so I could talk about it with her.

Clearly, not a book I am going to be recommending to anyone to read but I will be taking my copy to bookgroup just in case anyone is still intrigued after reading this review. 1 out of 5 stars from me.
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LibraryThing member Laurenbdavis
Love, death, aging, passion, fidelity, grief, sex . . .Marquez the Master weaves it all together in sensual, sensuous prose. From the first sentence -- one of literature's great first sentences -- we are told what the book is about, and how the tale will be told: "It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love." Concrete sense details, inevitability, memory, pain and love.

The sickness of a broken heart and cholera are viewed as comparable illnesses in Marquez's work, and cholera is the perfect disease with with to contrast love. It is a messy disease, and often fatal. No pale heroines gracefully expiring on clean sheets for Marquez. He writes with equal attention of the transcendental power of love, as well as the grit, grime and gore of everyday life.

At the same time as the , the book is as much about the corruption of Latin America as it is the human body. The last chapter, filled with the detail of aging -- "he looked at her and saw her naked to her waist, just as he had imagined her. Her shoulders were wrinkled, her breasts sagged, her ribs were covered by a flabby skin as pale and cold as a frog’s." -- is also thick with metaphoric details of the landscape -- "the alligators ate the last butterfly and the maternal manatees were gone, the parrots, the monkeys, the villages were gone: everything was gone." Youth juxtaposed against age, vitality against decay, love against death. Marquez paints with a wide brush, but manages to capture the tiniest detail.

This is a book in which you can luxuriate.
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LibraryThing member thatotter
Disliked Florentino Ariza, finding him at turns pathetic, stalker-ish, and sleazy. The incident with América Vicuña just put things over the top. I'm actually editing my rating to knock it down a star, because I don't like the treatment of women in this book generally.

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LibraryThing member Crazymamie
I had to let this book settle a bit before I could review it because I was so disappointed with it when I first finished reading it. So what didn't I like about it? Well... I thought that part of what was presented at the beginning of the book as a bit of a mystery to me would be addressed in the final pages, and this did not happen. And the characters that I liked the best were just on the periphery. I also thought that parts of the story dragged more than they needed to - I can appreciate the tedious passage of time without actually having to experience it personally. It's funny because there is a passage in the book where the major players are all at the theater together (well, not together, but they are there at the same time), and the narrative so perfectly captured what I was feeling about parts of this book:

"Florentino Ariza had not been impressed in any way by the invention of moving pictures, but Leona Cassiana took him, unresisting, to the spectacular opening of Cabiria, whose reputation was based on the dialogues written by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio. The great open-air patio of Don Galileo Daconte, where on some nights one enjoyed the splendor of the stars more than the silent lovemaking on the screen, was filled to overflowing with a select public. Leona Cassiani followed the wandering plot with her heart in her mouth. Florentino Ariza, on the other hand, was nodding his head in sleep because of the overwhelming tedium of the drama. At his back, a woman's voice seemed to read his thoughts: 'My God, this is longer than sorrow!'"

Yes, yes that's just exactly it! Too long. And this is one of those books that requires a lot of effort on the reader's part, at least on this reader's part. Márquez writes beautiful, flowing prose that needs to be extracted from the complicated sentence structure that he delivers it in. Still, this is a worthy task because the language and the meaning are combined in a lush and decadent manner. The words are intended to be savored. I just wish there had been fewer of them - words, that is. The first portion of the novel takes 100 pages to tell a story that could have been captured in 50. Still, the second half of the book delivers a faster pace, less monotony and greater insights. All of the main characters are deeply flawed, and I found that while I could not forgive them certain transgressions, there were qualities that I could admire in each of them. There is humor here, and perception, and truths about life that are delivered in an unflinchingly honest way. So, while I did not love this book, I do not feel that the time I spent with it was wasted.

"The only consolation, even for someone like him who had been a good man in bed, was sexual peace: the slow, merciful extinction of his venereal appetite. At eighty-one years of age he had enough lucidity to realize that he was attached to this world by a few slender threads that could break painlessly with a simple change in position while he slept, and if he did all he could to keep those threads intact, it was because of his terror of not finding God in the darkness of death."

"His uncle was angry with him because of the manner in which he had thrown away the good position of telegraph operator in Villa de Leyva, but he allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day that their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."
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LibraryThing member AnnB2013
The only Garcia Marquez novel I've ever managed to finish. I actually liked it too. It inspired me retry 100 Years of Solitude, but not to like or finish it.

P.S. I am not now nor ever have been a member of Oprah's book club.
LibraryThing member jddunn
My second Marquez, after reading and loving 100 Years of Solitude. Reading a second book by him, the whole Magical Realism, ever-so-slight-warping-of-reality thing starts to feel like a schtick after awhile, but damn, it’s a really excellent and well-executed schtick and it keeps me coming back. This one is a lot more personal and character-based than 100 Years, with several very well-drawn and complex characters, who are more than just avatars for other things. And of course, more of Marquez’s slightly askew world-building genius too.

However, in the end, the ambiguity over whether the protagonist and his obsessive love are admirable or monstrous is what really interested me the most. I love me a novel where you end up unsure whether you even like the protagonist or not after you’ve just spent several hundred pages immersed in their world and worldview. Challenging and interesting stuff, though maybe not for everybody because of that.
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LibraryThing member EpicTale
In many respects, I greatly enjoyed this book! The author's style reminded me of Orhan Pamuk, whom I also really like. What can I say -- I am a guy who enjoys good love stories. Marquez writes evocatively, compellingly, and sympathetically.

But as for convincing and plausible...well, that's a different story. Why Florentino Daza won the hearts and bodies of so many women -- well, I had to shake my head about that. He didn't seem all that special in physical terms, and he also wasn't particularly silver-tongued or smooth. In addition, Florentino's deliberate pursuit of the underaged girl placed in his charge was positively slimy. How does one reconcile this kind of behavior with his infatuation with Fermina, and why would such such a promiscuous knave could still carry a torch for her after all those years? For me, the pieces simply didn't add up. In addition, Florentino didn't deserve to enjoy a happy ending; truth be told, he was a well-mannered scum bag. What did I miss?… (more)
LibraryThing member seldombites
Love in the Time of Cholera is a moving tale of love, constance and devotion. Told in the third person flashbacks this story reveals the lifelong consequences of a brief, but passionate, love affair between young Florentino Ariza & Fermino Daza. Fermina Daza moves on from this affair, marries Doctor Juvenal Urbino and lives a full life. Florentino Ariza, who never stops loving Fermina, moves through a series brief affairs until old age, when the death of her husband leaves Fermina free to be wooed once more.

Some parts of this book were a little drawn out and hard to get through, which is why I haven't given it full ratings. Overall, however, this was a wonderfully moving story of the constance of the human heart. This is not a romance novel but it is romantic - not with the impetuous passion of youth, but the comfortable, familiar love of old age. I highly recommend it.
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LibraryThing member Katie_H
A modern classic, Marquez's masterpiece is a thorough examination of LOVE. On the surface, it may seem that the story of Florentino and Fermina, one of unrequited love, is the main subject, as this story is interwoven throughout the novel. Florentino and Fermina meet as adolescents and fall in love after exchanging a series of letters. Upon learning of the illicit relationship, Fermina's father takes her away, attempting to force her to forget him. When she sees Florentino some time later, she realizes how ordinary he is, hurtfully shunning him, and quickly moving on with her life. Florentino vows that he will win her eventually, so he remains available throughout his life, allowing himself affairs, but never entering into the bonds of marriage. Late in his life, he learns of the death of Fermina's husband, Juvenal, and he seizes the opportunity, hoping that she will accept him again after so many years. In reality, after peeling back the layers of the narrative, the book is not about this one form of love (unrequited), but of ALL aspects of love: puppy love (early days of Fermina and Florentino), love between a mother and son (Florentino and Leona), marital love (Juvenal and Fermina), forbidden love (Florentino and pre-pubertal America), love from a distance (that Florentino had for Fermina for so many years), jealous love, dangerous love, as well as several examples of elderly, adulterous, and purely sexual love. In essence, this savory novel IS a love story, but not in the predictable style of a typical romance. The reader should not expect a quick and easy read with this one; I felt that the text required quite a bit of concentration, but it was worth the effort in the end. This is extremely well written, and I highly recommend it to both fans and foes of this crazy little thing called LOVE.… (more)
LibraryThing member TirzahLaughs
Love in the Time of Cholera drips with description and lush characters. Every one seems human and tangible and I thank the author for that. It is not an easy feat. I think this is what makes makes people love the book.

What I disliked about the book is that the plot goes to the future, then the past, then the present, and then back to the future. Plus, some plot points are told two and three times from different people's points of view and in different times in history. Finally, I just didn't care anymore.

The wandering plot is basically that about a skinny boy that falls in love with a pretty girl. Pretty girl decides she can do better and dumps him for a rich doctor. The doctor and the pretty lady have a really nice life. They were fairly happy. The skinny boy spends his life humping any woman that jumps on top of him and day-dreaming about this girl that didn't want him. When the doctor husband dies in his 80's, the wife meets her childhood sweetheart again. He pursues her, claiming that he still adores her.

Beautiful wording, well-developed characters but just not the book for me. The book was to sad for me, to convoluted. Many will enjoy this, I am not one of the many.
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LibraryThing member carolcarter
It is easy to see why some authors are Nobel Laureates. They are able to create a whole, complete universe for you to enter. They are able to move you to care deeply about the characters they create. They are able to reveal to you truths about human nature that you might not find without them. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a master of this craft and I can only berate myself for waiting so long to read Love In The Time Of Cholera.

This is a beautiful story about a love that has to wait over fifty years for fruition. It is set during the last years of the Nineteenth Century and the first quarter of the Twentieth. Florentino Arizo falls in love with the lovely young Fermina Daza and they agree to marry. Fermina's father does not agree and whisks her away for a period of years. When she returns she decides she has made a mistake and ultimately weds someone else. She has a long and relatively contented marriage to an aristocratic doctor who lifts her from her lowly station. The book opens with the end of that marriage and begins a backward journey describing the tenacity of Florentino. During the course of five decades, with little desire and with possibly less effort, Florentino rises to become the director of a shipping company. After the funeral for her husband, he finally has a chance to reinstitute his suit for her affections.

What comes next is one of the most perfect examinations of what love is that I have ever read. This is a wonderful book and I think I will skip the movie in case it would not meet my expectations. If you have not yet done so, you should read this book.
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LibraryThing member mattviews
51 years, 9 months, 4 days - which was how long Florentino had waited.
Fifty-one years ago, Fermina Daza felt madly in love with Florentino Ariza. The affair was made possible only through her aunt's complicity. But under her father's tight regime and thus his intransigence of her love affair, Fermina eventually broke all ties with Florentino and married Dr. Juvenal Urbino, a wealthy, eminent doctor who merited in fighting cholera along the Caribbean coast by implementing stringent measures. What followed Fermina's denial of his love was an austerely beautiful story of unrequited love that had still not ended half a century later. They were two people, ambushed by death, who no longer had anything in common except the distant memory of an ephemeral past that was no longer theirs but belonged to two young people who had vanished with no vestige.

Heartrending but not forlorn, it was during this long period of time (almost all his life) that Florentino changed his entire being. He whiled the years away by engaging in 622 affairs and maintained some link with his lovers but reserved his heart for the irreplaceable Fermina. The idea of substituting one love for another carried him along surprising paths that permitted him to find solace in other hearts for his pain.

Florentino, whose only point of reference in his own life was the love affair with Fermina, made a fierce decision to win fame and fortune in order to deserve Fermina. In his demented passion, he did not even consider the obstacle of her being married to the doctor but regarded it an ineluctable event that he resolved to wait without impatience or petulance, even till the end of time. When meeting the doctor, he could not bear the pangs of grief at the thought that the admirable man would have to die in order for him to be happy. Florentino understood both he and the doctor were poignantly subjected to the ineluctable fate of loving the same woman.

As the bell tolling resonated citywide for Doctor Juvenal Urbino, who died of a broken spine when he fell from the branch of a mango tree catching a parrot, death had interceded on his behalf after half a century of longing and imbued him the courage to repeat his vow of everlasting love to Fermina. So he planned to attend the funeral...

Love in the Time of Cholera is a tapestry of the complicated human emotions: love, repression, nostalgia, sex, concupiscence, and pride. It is a tale of morbidly repressed love, of passion, of obsession, and of indomitable longing and fulfillment. Garcia Marquez, with an incredulously detached voice and matter-of-fact manner, slowly unfolds the story with succulent details and lyrical exuberance. Piercing fluidity and precision of words accentuate the beauty of prose. Peripheral characters are no less etched and are vividly limned to the essence of their thoughts and emotions. The book is riddled with an air of melancholy and repression that is held redeemable by an undying hope.
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LibraryThing member whiteroseyes
I was really expecting to love this book, but I ended up being pretty disappointed.

My main criticism is a morally rooted one. I don't mind problematic characters as long as I feel like the text is aware of their issues and actively exploring them (see: Lolita) but I do not know how I am expected to root for a grand sweeping love story for a man who treats a child in his care so abusively. I feel like this is completely secondary plot point and not something we are encouraged to consider by text, but as soon as it was introduced it was all I could think about. I felt the novel normalized his actions, and that made me far too uncomfortable to enjoy anything.

Besides this issue, I thought it was a somewhat underwhelming story and quite definitely "chick lit" which isn't really my style. I like when the social structure peeps in on the love story, but the times when we are just getting the mush I mentally checked out.

Although I was disappointed with this novel, the writing was beautiful (and beautifully translated) and I would look forward to reading other Garcia Marquez books that might have content I preferred.
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LibraryThing member myfanwy
This book was all I could have hoped for. Garcia Marquez has a way of writing that is exquisite. The form of his sentences is lyrical while the content is utterly familiar. I don't know quite how to describe it. He has a way of talking about anything, eating, loving, losing one's hair, that does not shy away from the absurdity of the human condition but also does not denigrate it. He writes like an old man, one who is incredibly wise and knows all the hidden reasons why people do what they do. And the structure of his novels plays with time. Stories are revealed in an order which best describes the character rather than in any particularly chronological order and yet it is never so jumbled as to impede the reader.

The story follows the lives of Fermina Daza and the two men who love her, Florentino Ariza and Juvenal Urbino. That sounds like a romance, doesn't it? And yet it is simply a story of the human condition. The thrill of adolescent love burns out quickly, and Fermina turns to a more earthly romance, loving and hating her husband for all the things that make him who he is. Marquez opens up these people until you know them better than yourself. He shows you not just what they are thinking about at the moment, but both the recent and long past experiences which shaped their personality. Each character grows and changes as the city grows and changes, but each remains distinct in their own personality. I don't know of anyone else who can capture such a sweeping time period (60 or so years) with such insight into the human virtues and foibles of his characters. All I can say will not be enough to describe the virtues of this writer.

I enjoyed this book for all of its warmth and depth, but even so I feel I can recommend 100 Years of Solitude more. This may only be because I read that book first and thus Marquez' gifts were more novel to me. But 100 Years does include more magical realism, moments that lie on the cusp between reality and dream. Love in the Time of Cholera is a fine fine book, but also a little more down to earth.
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LibraryThing member Ebba
Best read in 2008 so far ! Wonderful story, sad but sweet. It is frightful how love can consume a person for a lifetime. At the same time it speaks of hope and that everything is possible as long as we don't give up. Things might not turn out exactly the way we hope or plan for, but dreams are always worth holding on to.
LibraryThing member blondestranger
Beautiful story, interesting characters, inconsistent writing. Parts of this book I loved, other sections were just so obscure that I couldn't wrap my head around what the author was trying to infer. Overall, it was not a terrible read, just not page-turning. I was really glad that I finally finished the book as there were a lot of really great quotes and lines from the book - my favorite being (paraphrased) "Yes, I will marry you, so long as you never make me eat eggplant." Brilliant. I'll probably read One Thousand Years of Solitude as well, just to give Marquez another chance to possibly win me over.… (more)
LibraryThing member midlevelbureaucrat
A magical and ageless tale. It is easy to understand how Gabriel Garcia Marquez owns the Nobel Prize for literature. This book flows seamlessly between the lives of its three characters over more than 50 years. This is a book that should be read by anyone who considers themselves an accomplished reader.

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