Love in the Time of Cholera, Paperback

Love in the Time of Cholera Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Florentino Ariza has never forgotten his first love.

He has waited nearly a lifetime in silence since his beloved Fermina married another man.

No woman can replace her in his heart. But now her husband is dead. Finally - after fifty-one years, nine months and four days - Florentino has another chance to declare his eternal passion and win her back.

Will love that has survived half a century remain unrequited?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Romance
  • ISBN: 9780141189208



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Fear and beauty of longing of love. A love story to an era that seems to have disappeared. “We men are the miserable slaves of prejudice,” he had once said to her. “But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral considerations she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.” Breathtaking. Feeling joy for her, how can I? Yet, I'm her ... I can see that in myself. Adore Garcia Marquez, thick of noteworthy description. Hope that Fermina would step into the future rather than the past ~and I will too.

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Great story telling of a serial three-way love affair set in 1880 to 1930 in Colombia. First there is the youthful fling, then the woman marries "properly", and then after she is widowed 50 years later, the original beau returns to woo, and win. But the plot is only a small part of the book. The characters are crafted by a master. They are all wonderfully nuanced - leaving the reader to determine the good/bad ratio of each. I found the description of the married couple in their later years to be particularly good. Theirs is a good and happy marriage, but far from perfect, which probably reflects reality more than most fictional relationships. The long-term beau is more evil. Many instances are given to make the reader feel well disposed toward him, but the balancing evil behaviour tipped my balance. While the plot is simple, the author makes the telling interesting, almost into a page turner. You know in broad terms what is going to happen, but the details to be filled in remain enticing. I have one quibble - there is a 20 page suicide note from a subsidiary character at the start of the book. The main character reads it and we hear only one detail from it. I spent the next 350 pages waiting to find out what was in the rest of the note. But it never surfaces again. Minor fault, but it distracted me.Read March 2014

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