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Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin International Writers) (original 1985; edition 1992)

by Gabriel García Márquez (Author)

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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 does so again.… (more)
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Title:Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin International Writers)
Authors:Gabriel García Márquez (Author)
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1992), 368 pages
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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1985)

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Is it love though?... What is love? I don’t really think this is love. This is a book about time not love. Time and its effect. The ‘love’ here is a vehicle to show us how time changes people.

I think it’s a sad book but a very realistic one: the impurities and imperfections of life and love - learning to make do, controlling people, being governed by fears and emotions, transient happiness, being shot, buffeted and ricocheting through life like a pinball until an errant parrot brings about one’s demise.

As my fifth (maybe sixth?) Marquez, I feel qualified to say his books can go one of two ways: brilliance or bore-fests. I have enjoyed such works as ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’ and ‘Voyage of the Shipwrecked Sailor’ but also hated ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ and now this. Partly I put it down to not being particularly romantic or liking fantasy but more so with this novel I just wanted to shake self-awareness into the characters. Granted, at the time the book was set, tradition and family pressures were rife, but I found it relatively infuriating that most of the characters spent their time pretending they were happy, oblivious they were unhappy or chasing idealistic ideas of happiness.

As a chronicle of time, I think it was really well done and brilliantly showed how time catches up with all of us (hence 2 stars not 1!) but ultimately not for me Gabriel, sorry, 2/5. ( )
  Dzaowan | Feb 15, 2024 |
Started out well, but as I read the book, I lost empathy for Florentino as he changed from a lovelorn dreamer to a stalker, predator, and pedophile. ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
Evocative of time and place though a bit farfetched especially regarding unrequited love character. I can vividly emember many of the scenes and characters from the book. Too bad I didn't write a detailed review just when I had just finished it. ( )
  amaraki | Dec 20, 2023 |
Started out slow and authors style is hard to get used to at first. It’s not a quick read by any means. Paragraphs are long. But ultimately it turned out ok ( )
  debbie1215 | Nov 6, 2023 |
I wanted to like this so bad but it was truly a slog. This is one that I had to turn to an audiobook for because it was making not want to read anymore. And I tore through One Hundred Years of Solitude. I would really love to have someone who loved it explain to me why it is something that is so widely and publicly commended.Basically, if you like things that move quickly, absolutely avoid this book. If you like to torture yourself like me, give it a try. I had to give it three stars because it wasn't trash, but I cannot in good conscience give it four and put it up there with books I actually enjoyed. ( )
  ejerig | Oct 25, 2023 |
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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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García Márquez, Gabrielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Durán, ArmandoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gall, JohnCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grossman, EdithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morino, AngeloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richardson, MatthewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sabarte Belacortu, MarioleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shakespeare, NicholasIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
From the time she awoke at six in the morning until she turned out the light in the bedroom, Fermina Daza devoted herself to killing time. Life was imposed on her from outside.
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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 does so again.

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