Love in the Time of Cholera, Paperback Book
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A poignant meditation on the nature of desire, and the enduring power of love, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera is translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman in Penguin Modern Classics.Florentino Ariza is a hopeless romantic who falls passionately for the beautiful Fermina Daza, but finds his love tragically rejected.

Instead Fermina marriesdistinguished doctor Juvenal Urbino, while Florentino can only wait silently for her.

He can never forget his first and only true love. Then, fifty-one years, nine months and four days later, Fermina's husband dies unexpectedly.

At last Florentino has another chance to declare his feelings and discover if a passion that has endured for half a century will remain unrequited, in a rich, fantastical and humane celebration of love in all its many forms.Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928) was born in Aracataca, Colombia. He is the author of several novels, including Leaf Storm (1955), One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) and The General in His Labyrinth (1989).

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.If you enjoyed Love in the Time of Cholera, you might like Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'The nearest thing to sensual pleasure prose can offer'Daily Telegraph'An amazing celebration of the many kinds of love between men and women... among Marquez's best fiction'The Times'The greatest luxury ... is the eerie, entirely convincing suspension of the laws of reality ... the agelessness of the human story as told by one of this century's most evocative writers' Anne Tyler, author of The Accidental Tourist


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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