- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307389731
- ISBN-13: 978-0307389732
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 965 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gabriel García Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love In The Time Cholera, The Autumn Of The Patriarch, The General In His Labyrinth, and News Of A Kidnapping. He died in 2014.
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For most of the book, I thought it was a tragedy not a love story. I disagree with many reviewers, it was not a book about unrequited love, because Florentino Ariza was never in love. Even though Florentino Ariza was successful in a worldly sense, I felt sorry for him. He never loved Fermina Daza, they were never much more than acquaintances. He wasted his entire life being in love with the idea of being in love, but never understanding what love is. Love is not a disease, it is not infatuation, it is not lust, it is not an extreme form of like. For most of his life, his love was about himself, even when he was proud to be suffering for it. Only at the very end did he realize that love is about the one being loved, it is something you do; love is a verb, not a state of being. Also, only at the end of the book did I really understand the title of the book.
I reread this book as part of a Lifelong Learning course during which we read a large portion of the author’s work. Love in the Time of Cholera is the most enjoyable, readable, of his work. There is also a Good Film that follows the story very closely.
Basically, the story is about a Latino man who falls in love. The girl is very haughty, bad-tempered and Beautiful. At first she encourages his attentions, but then inexplicably shuts him out and marries a doctor from a rich, prominent family.. he lives his life, waiting for her husband to die.
Some readers may be shocked at the way the author includes detailed accounts of the man’s 57 years of sexual activity with a variety of women, including his young, 13, ward.
Florinto is in love with Fermina, and is rejected by her after their initial infatutation. Florintio will not give up he is waiting for Fermina husband to die to recindle the romance. Florintino is a man with need who while being faithful in spirit has affair after affair with other women as he waits. Fermina has to deal with a series of marital strife and bliss as Floritino waits out her marriage. Marquez gets to examine a great deal of love relationships in this book. It is excitingand changing as love and life. This is my first Marquez book but it will not be my last. The text is rich in details and may drag a little at times but preserver it is worththe read.
The author is a nobel prize winner, but for his prose, I hope, not his plot, and not this book!