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“Una historia de amor de increíble fuerza”. --Newsweek

“Una novela rica y expansiva cuyo poder narrativo sólo compite con la generosidad de su visión”. --The New York Times

“Una gran historia humana, despreocupada del tiempo, contada por uno de los más evocadores escritores de este siglo”. --Anne Tyler, Chicago Sun-Times Book Week

“Un libro brillante y desgarrador”. --The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol; PRIMERA EDICION DE VINTAGE ESPAÑOL edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0307387267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307387264
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gabriel García Márquez (1927 - 2014) was born in Colombia and was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. His many works include The Autumn of the Patriarch; No One Writes to the Colonel; Love in the Time of Cholera and Memories of My Melancholy Whores; and a memoir, Living to Tell the Tale. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By z_i_s@yahoo.com on January 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read somewhere that the admirers of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (a novel that brought the Nobel Prize for Garcia in 1982) would be surprised to know that Gabriel Garcia Marquez has bettered it in the form of "Love in the Time of Cholera". Well, although I found the latter half of it a little cloggy, I was a great admirer of One Hundred Years of Solitude. But after reading Love in the Time of Cholera, I think it's not fair to compare as different works of fiction as these two novels are, and it won't do any good to Garcia as well.
The only thing common to these two novels, however, is the prose of Garcia. He weaves, with the dexterity of a master craftsman, small characters and trifle incidents into the vast fabric of the novels. Effortlessly moving from character to character and incident to incident, he provides small pegs and footholds to the reader so that he could ascend, like a rock-climber, to his colossal literary monuments. This is especially true for Love in the Time of Cholera, where the reader is provided with a spectacular finale and one feels indeed like setting foot at the summit of Mount Everest after reading the novel. This is by far the best ending of a novel that I have read so far.
There are dozens of important characters in Love in the Time of Cholera but I think the two most important protagonists are Love and Time. And both of them are so intricately interwoven together that sometimes it becomes difficult to tell which is which -- like two shrubs that run up the length of a tall tropical tree. The love of Florentino Ariza, a thin and shy boy, for the beautiful but whimsical Fermina Daza is unlike any in the literature. And in order to have her, our hero must overcome time (half a century!), her aloofness and more than 400 love affairs!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
Antes de comenzarlo sabía que me iba a gustar, porque ya había leído varias obras suyas, pero nunca imaginé que llegaría al extremo de no poder soltar el libro ni un minuto, porque una vez que comienzas a leerlo no puedes parar hasta terminarlo. Gabo narra sus historias con tanta magia, con tanto detalle y con tanto cuidado que logra ensimismarnos y meternos en lo más profundo del alma de los protagonistas, haciendo que vivamos la historia como si fuera la nuestra.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on August 6, 2001
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En una ciudad costera colombiana, entre los siglos XIX y XX, en une epoca en que el colera y las guerras civiles iban desangrando a Colombia de forma no muy diferente de como hoy en dia lo hacen las guerras de las drogas y la guerrilla, tiene lugar esta brillante pieza de literatura, obra del ganador del premio Nobel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
La persona simplista se atreveria a juzgar la novela apenas como una historia de amor, y ciertamente lo es. Pero tambien es mucho mas. Florentino Ariza y Fermina Daza viven separados durante cincuenta annos, a lo largo de los cuales transcurre la historia. Todo el tiempo, Florentino (un hombre extremadamente dramatico que ama la poesia y esta permanentemente vestido con atuendos casi funerarios sin prestar mayor atencion al calor del sol caribenno) se mantiene fiel al amor juvenil por Fermina que siente por dentro, a un mismo tiempo que vive una vida repleta de las mas descabelladas y comicas anecdotas de flirteo y pseudo-amor.

Fermina... bueno, eso es parte de la historia, y no lo voy a echar a perder, pero les puedo decir que le da mucho trabajo al pobre Florentino a lo largo de esos cincuenta annos, en unas ocasiones a sabiendas, en otras sin siquiera sospecharlo.
En todo momento, con el ir y venir de los personajes que me atrevo a llamar 'secundarios', tales como el doctor Juvenal Urbino, el tio Leon XII o Leona Cassiani, hay un personaje omnipresente, como lo es el medio ambiente que rodea a Florentino o Fermina. Hay incontables y exquisitos momentos a lo largo de la novela en que se solidariza con el estado de animo de Florentino, empezando a llover, por ejemplo, si el se siente triste. La sutileza con la cual Garcia Marquez logra esto es definitivamente un acto de genialidad literaria.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Juan C Villamil on October 27, 2004
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One Hundred Years of Solitude is definitely my favorite book of all times. Since I considered I had read Gabo's masterpiece, I never got to reading Love in the Times of Cholera, until now.

A few days ago, I read Memoria de mis Putas Tristes, which came out about a week ago, and when writing a review, I thought too bad the book is not 900 pages long. Then, hungry for more divine prose and magic realism, I remembered Love in the Times of Cholera. I suddenly had 500 more pages of Gabo.

The book turns out to be a 50+ year long love story, superbly written as most of what Gabo has written. The prose grabs you and does not let you go until the very last line.

Every now and then, one reads a sentence in a book and wonders how much feeling, effort, expeience and luck it takes to word something so beautifully. This does not happen too often, and sometimes you go through numerous books without finding one of these, regardless of who the author is. Well, let me just say that there is one of theses magical sentences in just about every single page of Love in the Times of Cholera. The novel is like a bottle of excellent wine....each sip tastes better than the last one. This book will leave you with a sensation od deep, pleasant intoxication.

How does it compare to One Hundred Years? It's simply different. Even though time is probably the main character in both novels, while there's more magic in One Hundred Years, there's more love and passion in Love in the Times of Cholera.

I am left with the exact same feeling after reading every one of Gabo's boks: how the hell does he do it every time?

Don't miss out on the pleasure produced by this novel.
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