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Love in the time of cholera (original 1985; edition 1999)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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Title:Love in the time of cholera
Authors:Gabriel García Márquez
Info:New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1999.
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Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1985)

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The main female character in the novel, Fermina Daza, is the strong axis around which the story revolves. Fermina easily rejects Florentino Ariza in their youth when she realizes the naïveté of their first romance, and she weds Juvenal Urbino at the age of 21, the "deadline" she had set for herself, ultimately because he seemed to be able to offer security and love to her. Urbino is a doctor in medicine devoted to science, modernity, and "order and progress." He is committed to the eradication of cholera and to the promotion of public works. He is a rational man whose life is organized precisely and who values his importance and reputation in society to the utmost. Urbino is a herald of progress and modernization.[1]

His function in the novel is to provide the counterpoint to Ariza’s archaic, romantic style. He proved to be a faithful husband, save for one small affair late in their marriage, though the novel suggests that his love for her was never as spiritually chaste as Ariza's was. By the end of the book, Fermina has recognized a change in Ariza and their love is allowed to blossom once more in their old age. For most of the novel, their communication is limited to correspondence by letter; not until the end of the book do Fermina and Florentino converse at length.


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  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
Excellent selection in the 100 New Classics. Weaves between the lives of the characters in their youth, adult life, and ends sailing into the sunset of life (literally). ( )
  deldevries | Mar 1, 2016 |
3.5 stars.
A love story of ridiculous proportion. Florentino loves Fermina from the moment he sets eyes on her, but must wait over 50 years before he can consummate their love. In the meantime, there are many adventures. Some disturbing scenes of pedophilia. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 29, 2016 |
2 1/2 stars...it was okay. The book seemed a compilation of different stories about each of the characters' lives. Some were interesting and some were less so. In the end, I found myself wondering what the point was. I suppose it was an enduring love theme but I didn't find it all that romantic. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
One of my all-time favorite authors. I began reading this for the first time just days before learning of his death. I am so sad that the sun has set on his genius but, luckily for us he chose to immortalize his ideas in writing so we'll have a piece of him forever. Cholera is less magic and more realism -- an epic and multi-faceted love story, literally spanning the decades of many interesting lives. I listened to this as an audiobook and was swept away. Wonderful! ( )
  bjoelle5 | Feb 10, 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gabriel García Márquezprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grossman, EdithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pynchon, ThomasReview on inside coversecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richardson, MatthewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabarte Belacortu, MarioleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valentinetti, Claudio M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Синянская, ЛюдмилаTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
The words I am about to express:
They now have their own crowned goddess.

     Leandro Diaz
In dieser Gegend geht’s voran:

die bekränzte Göttin zeigt es an.

Leandro Díaz
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For Mercedes, of course
Natürlich für Mercedes
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It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
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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.
She would not waste the rest of her years simmering in the maggot broth of memory
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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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