Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
First published in Spanish as El amor en los tiempos del cólera in Columbia by Editorial Oveja Negra in 1985. English language translation by Edith Grossman published by Alfred A Knopf in 1988.

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How I got this book:
Bought second-hand from a book stall on Bristol Waterfront

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fifty-one years, nine months and four days have passed since Fermina Daza rebuffed hopeless romantic Florentino Ariza's impassioned advances and married Dr Juvenal Urbino instead. During that half-century, Florentino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has loved none but Fermina. Having sworn his eternal love to her, he lives for the day when he can court her again.

When Fermina's husband is killed trying to retrieve his pet parrot from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?

I originally posted this review in September 2014.

I probably didn't pick the best time to start Love In The Time Of Cholera as we were in the last throes of moving house so its first few chapters had to compete for space in my mind. However once I was able to read without interruption, I was totally drawn into the story.

I love Marquez's beautiful emotive writing and can easily imagine Florentino through his many years of waiting. The locations are eloquently described too and the flawed characters are all real people, whether being naive, irritating or poignant. There are so many depictions of different loves in the novel that I wondered which came first, this or Florentino's imagined work. After reading Love In The Time Of Cholera, I swiftly bought and downloaded another Marquez novel in keen anticipation of discovering more of his writing.

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  1. I've heard of this but I've never read it.

    1. It was a beautiful read for me. An amazing portrait of obsession!

  2. This sounds good. I need total quiet to begin a book but once I am drawn in..the sky could fall around me.

    1. Same here! Used to drive my OH up the wall that he'd start talking away and I wouldn't have heard a word he said!!

  3. My best friend loves this book and this author, as does another friend of mine too. I really should read it myself. I need time to sit down and fully appreciate it, I think.

    1. Yes, absolutely! Marquez is an amazing author I think, but I need quiet hours to appreciate him.


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