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Love in the Time of Cholera

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In the late 1800s, in a Caribbean port city, a young telegraph operator named Florentino Ariza falls deliriously in love with Fermina Daza, a beautiful student. She is so sheltered that they carry on their romance secretly, through letters and telegrams. When Fermina Daza's father finds out about her suitor, he sends her on a trip intended to make her forget the affair. Lorenza Daza has much higher ambitions for his daughter than the humble Florentino. Her grief at being torn away from her lover is profound, but when she returns she breaks off the relationship, calling everything that has happened between them an illusion.

Instead, she marries the elegant, cultured, and successful Dr. Juvenal Urbino. As his wife, she will think of herself as "the happiest woman in the world." Though devastated by her rejection, Florentino Ariza is not one to be deterred. He has declared his eternal love for Fermina, and determines to gain the fame and fortune he needs to win her back. When Fermina's husband at last dies, 51 years, 9 months, and 4 days later, Florentino Ariza approaches Fermina again at her husband's funeral. There have been hundreds of other affairs, but none of these women have captured his heart as Fermina did. "He is ugly and sad," says one of his lovers, "but he is all love."

In this magnificent story of a romance, Garcia Marquez beautifully and unflinchingly explores the nature of love in all its guises, small and large, passionate and serene. Love can emerge like a disease in these characters, but it can also outlast bleak decades of war and cholera, and the effects of time itself.

Review:

"The greatest luxury, as in all of Garcia Marquez's books, 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, Chicago Sun-Times Book Week

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"A rich, commodious novel whose narrative power is matched only by its generosity of vision." The New York Times

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"A love story of astonishing power and delicious comedy...humane, richly comic, almost unbearably touching and altogether extraordinary." Newsweek

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"Revolutionary in daring to suggest that vows of love made under a presumption of immortality — youthful idiocy, to some — may yet be honored, much later in life when we ought to know better, in the face of the undeniable....a shining and heartbreaking book" Thomas Pynchon, The New York Times

Review:

"It is a fully mature novel in scope and perspective, flawlessly translated, as rich in ideas as in humanity." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"In substance and style not as fantastical, as mythologizing, as the previous works, this is a compelling exploration of the myths we make of love." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Synopsis:

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermino Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs — yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Garcia Marquez traces an exceptional half-century story of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises — joyful, melancholy, enriching, ever surprising.

About the Author

Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1928. He attended the University of Bogota and went on to become a reporter for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. He later served as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas, and New York. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, he is the author of several novels and collections, including No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Innocent Erendira and Other Stories, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The General in His Labyrinth, Strange Pilgrims, and Love and Other Demons.

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mayajanaky, November 7, 2007 (view all comments by mayajanaky)
i just love this book and its author.....this books reminds me the beautiful time of my life....i took 2 years to read his first book....but for this EPIC OF LOVE, its was only 3 days, almost around continues 72 hours...i love this and that days of reading...no doubt that Floransino arisa still lives in my heart after 2 years i read that book and am sure he will live in several heart as long as the people in the earth have habit of reading...... mad but sensible lover
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mayajanaky, November 7, 2007 (view all comments by mayajanaky)
the title is just suitable to define the period of being in love....its worst than cholera in spreading in one's heart and then to the other.......

only the man Marquez can put it......
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Megan Willis, November 5, 2007 (view all comments by Megan Willis)
This is the first work I have read by Marquez, but it will not be the last. A wonderful read in a beautiful landscape with excellent character development. It's a convoluted Carribean love story that does not get caught up in romanticism, but rather explores a romantic's struggle with a fifty year obsession and a life enveloped in poetry and flowery prose. A must read that will take the reader into the humid setting and the inner workings of several fascinating characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400034680
Author:
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
Publisher:
Vintage
Translator:
Grossman, Edith
Author:
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
Author:
Grossman, Edith
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Colombia
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
99/474
Publication Date:
20071005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .8 in .6 lb

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400034680 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The greatest luxury, as in all of Garcia Marquez's books, 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."
"Review" by , "A rich, commodious novel whose narrative power is matched only by its generosity of vision."
"Review" by , "A love story of astonishing power and delicious comedy...humane, richly comic, almost unbearably touching and altogether extraordinary."
"Review" by , "Revolutionary in daring to suggest that vows of love made under a presumption of immortality — youthful idiocy, to some — may yet be honored, much later in life when we ought to know better, in the face of the undeniable....a shining and heartbreaking book"
"Review" by , "It is a fully mature novel in scope and perspective, flawlessly translated, as rich in ideas as in humanity."
"Review" by , "In substance and style not as fantastical, as mythologizing, as the previous works, this is a compelling exploration of the myths we make of love."
"Synopsis" by , Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude.
"Synopsis" by , In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermino Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs — yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Garcia Marquez traces an exceptional half-century story of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises — joyful, melancholy, enriching, ever surprising.

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