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Love in the Time of Cholera


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ISBN13: 9781400034680
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1. Why does Garcia Marquez use similar terms to describe the effects of love and cholera?

2. Plagues figure prominently in many of García Márquez?s novels. What literal and metaphoric functions does the cholera plague serve in this novel? What light does it shed on Latin American society of the nineteenth century? How does it change its characters? attitudes toward life? How are the symptoms of love equated in the novel with the symptoms of cholera?

3. What does the conflict between Dr. Juvenal Urbino and Florentino Ariza reveal about the customs of Europe and the ways of Caribbean life? How is Fermina Daza torn between the two?

4. Dr. Urbino reads only what is considered fine literature, while Fermina Daza immerses herself in contemporary romances or soap operas. What does this reveal about the author?s attitude toward the distinction between ?high? and ?low? literature. Does his story line and style remind you more of a soap opera or a classical drama?

5. After rejecting Florentino?s declaration of love following her husband?s funeral, why is Fermina eventually won over by him?

6. Why does a change in Florentino?s writing style make Fermina more receptive to him?

7. What does Florentino mean when he tells Fermina, before they make love for the first time, ?I?ve remained a virgin for you? (p. 339)?

8. Why does Florentino tell each of his lovers that she is the only one he has had?

9. What does Florentino?s uncle mean when he says, ?without river navigation there is no love? (p. 168)?

10. Do Fermina and Dr. Urbino succeed at ?inventing true love? (p. 159)?

11. Set against the backdrop of recurring civil wars and cholera epidemics, the novel explores death and decay, as well as love. How does Dr. Urbino?s refusal to grow old gracefully affect the other two characters? What does it say about fulfillment and beauty in their society? Does the fear of aging or death change Florentino Ariza?s feelings toward Fermina Daza?

12. Compare the suicide of Jeremiah de Saint-Amour at the beginning of the book with that of Florentino?s former lover, América Vicuña at the end. How do their motives differ? Why does the author frame the book with these two events?

13. Why is Leona Cassiani ?the true woman in [Florentino?s] life although neither of them ever knew it and they never made love? (p. 182)?

14. When Tránsito Ariza tells Florentino he looks as if he were going to a funeral when he is going to visit Fermina, why does he respond by saying, ?It?s almost the same thing? (p. 65)?

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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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Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
Grossman, Edith
Grossman, Edith
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
New York
Love stories
General Fiction
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Vintage International
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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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