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Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) (original 1985; edition 2007)

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Title:Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club)
Authors:Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Info:Vintage (2007), Edition: later printing, Paperback, 368 pages
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Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1985)

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Reading this book made me think of perfumed love letters. OK, it wasn't actually perfumed, that would have bothered me, I think. But apparently the former owner had stored the book in a place where it had absorbed a mild floral scent from the air. I could sniff the roses if I held it close to my nose.

Originally, my to-read list had included One Hundred Years of Solitude. But when I saw this book at the Little Free Library, I decided to go with it instead. Based on some of the reviews here for One Hundred Years, that may have been a good choice. Even with this book I sometimes had trouble keeping track of the major characters.

The chapters were long, and the plot moved slowly with some backtracking or reminiscing. Early on I commented that it wasn't boring, and that was true at the time. By the middle of the book, though, I had gotten terribly tired of all the extramarital affairs. I plugged on, hoping that I would not have to end up giving it only two stars. The last half of the last chapter was as good as the beginning, so it is solidly 3 stars.

It's not a book I would want to read again, and I probably won't get any other books by this author. But it was a good experience to read it.

One jarring note - I think the translator may have not fully thought out how ridiculous a name "Eggplant" would be for a little girl. I somehow suspect the Spanish word for eggplant would have sounded more feminine. I know the French word, Aubegine, would have not made me want to laugh. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
I went into this knowing nothing, other than the setting and that I enjoyed Hundred Years of Solitude and Very Old Man With Enormous Wings. I was slightly dismayed at the lack of magical realism, but aside from that it was a very soothing and cute. I adored the natural progression of the botched romance and the completely organic evolution of the characters. That being said, I powered through it a bit more quickly than I should have and feel I did not give it due diligence (not a book that should be read in two days...) ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 14, 2016 |
Florantino Ariza’s half-century romantic obsession for his teen-aged crush, Fermina Daza, spans the end of one century and persists into another. In a style that is smooth, fascinating, leisurely and filled with humor that is both sly and dry, García Márquez details the lives of Ariza and Daza from their youthful infatuation to her sudden blunt rejection of him when she first meets him face to face, through her marriage to a prominent physician and Florantino’s rise from poverty to wealth as the director of the sole steamship line operating on the Magdalena River. The night of her husband’s funeral, Florantino proclaims to her, “I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love.”

Shocked, the young widow repeats her repudiation of him and orders him away for the second time. And this is without knowledge that his “eternal fidelity,” to her, has not inhibited his carnal desires during his decades of clandestine seductions of scores of other women. This is a droll romantic comedy told as a shaggy dog story with a surprise ending. I believe the older you are, the more you will enjoy this book. ( )
  MaowangVater | Sep 4, 2016 |
It was a hard book to get into. I had to start it several times, but in the end I enjoyed it. For some reason I thought it would be very deep and full of subtle meanings, but either I missed something or it is a pretty straight forward book. It was basically a book about a woman who had a boyfriend. She dumps the boyfriend and marries another man. The boyfriend never forgets her. And in old age the woman's husband dies and the boyfriend finally has a chance to be with the woman. All this is explained fairly early on in the book and then there are flashbacks to see the whole history and it ends with whether or not the boyfriend gets the woman. The end. ( )
  KamGeb | Aug 10, 2016 |
El amor en los tiempos del cólera relata la historia de amor entre Fermina Daza y Florentino Ariza. Un amor que tendrá que enfrentarse al tiempo pero que no morirá. Gabriel García Márquez cuenta, con la misma maestría que en otras obras, como se conocen Fermina y Florentino, como se separan y como se vuelven a unir. La forma en la que escribe hace que los diálogos sean innecesarios y, poco a poco, nos introduce en las vidas de los dos personaje, sin importarle, en ocasiones, dar saltos en el tiempo.

Otra parte del libro también nos cuenta la historia del matrimonio formada por Fermina y Juvenal, como la joven debe enfrentarse a la madre del doctor a la que no soporta, como la pareja viaja a Europa (donde vivieron su luna de miel) para recuperar su amor cuando creen que lo han perdido o como Fermina Daza deja a su marido cuando descubre que este le ha sido infiel pero se puede observar que lo sigue amando y que es su orgullo lo que le impide volver a encontrarlo, por eso no duda en volver con él cuando va a buscarla. Cuando muere el doctor, Florentino Ariza inicia un nuevo proceso para reconquistar a Fermina, le manda cartas pero esta vez intenta hacerla olvidar el pasado reflexionando sobre la vida en general y consiguiendo despertar la curiosidad de la mujer. Pese a sus reticencias iniciales, por la edad de ambos, Fermina Daza va permitiendo que Florentino Ariza vuelva a entrar en su vida y ambos se inician en un nuevo viaje donde triunfará el amor, un amor eterno capaz de esperar el momento durante 51 años 9 meses y 4 días.

Por mi parte, recomiendo este libro porque no cuenta la típica historia de amor donde los protagonistas acaban siendo felices tras muchos momentos desafortunados, aquí solo parece haber un ferviente enamorado mientras que Fermina Daza se mantiene serena y distante hasta el final del libro, pues su fidelidad por el doctor Juvenal Urbino se mantiene durante todo el relato y para ella Florentino Ariza solo representaba una sombra de su pasado. Si vas con la idea de leerte una historia de amor con maravillosos momentos entre los dos protagonistas, este no es tu libro, y si esperas encontrarte un protagonista atractivo y heroico, Florentino Ariza no es tu hombre, pero el conjunto merece la pena. El final del libro acaba con una reflexión que resume a la perfección lo que ha querido trasmitir García Márquez con esta historia, una reflexión maravillosa: …Y lo asustó la sospecha tardía de que es la vida, más que la muerte, la que no tiene límites. ( )
  mesalina5 | Jul 15, 2016 |
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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.
added by Jozefus | editNRC Handelsblad, Robin Booiman (pay site) (Apr 24, 2014)
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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They now have their own crowned goddess.

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They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.
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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 will do so again.

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The story of a fantastic wedding, the return of the bride to her parents in disgrace, her brothers' resolve to seek revenge on her corruptor, and the townspeoples' refusal to depart from routine.

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