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" Dr. Juvenal Urbino used to say that he experienced no emotion when he met the woman with whom he would live until the day of his death." "At last Dr. Juvenal Urbino asked the patient to sit up, and with exquisite care he opened her nightdress down to the waist; her pure high breasts with the childish nipples shone for an instant in the darkness of the bedroom, like a flash of gunpowder, before she hurried to cover them with crossed arms." "She responded, and he continued giving her very soft kisses on her cheeks, her nose, her eyelids, while he slipped his hand under the sheet and caressed her flat, straight pubic hair; the pubic hair of a Japanese. She did not move his hand away, but she kept hers on the alert in the event that he took one step further." " ....when he returned to the stateroom he found her waiting for him naked in the bed. Then it was she who took the initiative, and gave herself without fear, without regret, with the joy of an adventure on the high seas, and with no traces of bloody ceremony except for the rose of honor on the sheet." "Although she was as free as he was, and perhaps would not have been opposed to making their relationship public, from the very first Florentino Ariza considered it a clandestine adventure."
LOVED LOVED LOVED it. It was the first time I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Loved his style, so rich in details, it seems so real. The story is so beautiful, powerful.
I was surprised to see so many disappointed comments. I wish I could read it in Spanish, it must be even more blazing and eloquent, definitely worth learning Spanish for.
I loved how graphic he is; how he would foreshadow the man's death on the first page and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat till the last. How full of life his prose is, down to the healthy sounds of urination in the bathroom. No holds barred, unapologetic life rubbed in your face, take it or leave it. You know that every word came from personal experience, something he has wept and bled for, and that's how his characters live. I wish I could learn to live like that too.
A mature, love story. Descriptions/translation sometimes got lost on me. Was graphic but not in a good way. Romantic, yet not so.
This book took me a while to read. The narrative was very conversational covering a good 65 years in the lives of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Florentino is struck with love at the sight of fourteen year old Fermina and touchingly courts her from afar, while she keeps him at arms length and basks in his adoration. That adoration falters and she marries a respected doctor instead. Throughout the book the theme of love and all its forms is repeated over and over with Florentino and many other characters going from affair to affair to one night or one hour stands. Very busy. Florentino for all his bouncing from one woman to another clings with his whole being to the love he constantly feels for Fermina. She, seemingly alone in the country in this, remains firm in her loyalty and fidelity for her chosen husband. Love in this world is like the disease cholera where there is, or was in those days, no cure. The writing itself is quite lyrical at times with touches of humour and down-to-earth phrases. I think you might have to be determined to finish this book, at least I was.
A difficult read. Marquez is a brilliant writer, there's no doubt about that, but this book had so much narration and so little dialogue it was hard to finish.
Also, one of the main characters - Florentino - is in my mind not a likable character.
Marquez is so poetic, such beautiful language, but this book left a lot to be desired. I did not find it very romantic (in fact, Florentino's actions are at times rather creepy), but it ended very nicely. The very last chapter makes up for a less than magnificent first five chapters.
from the dvd "Silk", this was a preview to the movie. One that I must read the book first.
This book bored me to tears. I literally could not get past the first 25 pages without being extremely annoyed. The author takes a ridiculous amount of time setting up the plot, and it makes you lose interest in the story. Two thumbs down.
This book was good, but not excellent. I could not relate to the main character because of his flandering and it was often times wordy and I saw many rabbit trails, such as the Chinese man who had ten pages and then never appeared again... The imagery was lovely, and the ending super sweet. I will always remember the lovesick boy eating gardenias.
This book had too much hype and never lived up to it. Both of the characters of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza have no redeaming qualities to them. I cannot sympathize with his suffering over a rejection from her some 51 years ago, and i cant feel sorry for her and her bad marriage because she deserved it. The only thing that would have made the ending better is if they both got cholera, or some form of the clap, or maybe a revolutionary bullet in the head. A good aligator feeding on the river would have made me smile. Characters that act the way they do don't deserve to live happily ever after at the end.
The first fifty or so pages are tough to get through, but once you do, the rest is golden.
This book proved to me that I really am not a romance novel reader. I enjoyed Garcia-Marquez' writing, but found that the story of a man waiting more than fifty years to be with a woman who rejects him a tad far-fetched. Certain things were strangely written, too, such as one of the main characters being consumed with constipation his whole life (What was THAT about? Are enimas SUPPOSED to be romantic?). (July 2002)
Although I didn't much care for the characters or the story line, I greatly appreciated the style in which he writes.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez writes long books. Long, DIFFICULT, books. I tried reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and couldn't make it past page ten. So, as you can guess, I'm very excitied to say I finished "Love in the Time of Cholera"I didn't love this book, but I did appricate it's opinions on the themes of soul-sucking, life-altering love and aging. A very tragic story that I will most likley never try to reread again - but I'm glad I read it.
Marquez draws his reader in with his rich and emotional way of telling a story. He weaves this love story thread by thread until, by the end of the book, you're sad there is no more left to read.
A story about love, life and hope. Where life will take us, no one knows but the journey is always an interesting one and how the characters interact and pursue hope when its still seems hopeless. Liked the details of the Carribean lifestyle, culture and architecture throughout the story.
One of my favourite love stories of all time. Gabriel Garcia Marquez writes with such passion and beauty he could melt any heart and warm any soul. A true and amazing story of everlasting love.
Lush and exotic. It's a window into a different world.
Love in the Times of Cholera
(El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Read it in Spanish. Fabulous reading. A classic. The film is fabulous as well.
This is one of my favourite love stories! It is so beautifully written and evokes so many different emotions. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favourite authors of all time!
This dense and meticulously detailed novel offers an exhaustive exploration of the many types and phases of love. All the joys and agonies of love are described in vivid heart breaking detail as young Florentino waits decades to be united with his love Fermina who rejects his repeated advances. The author frequently compares the symptoms of love with the symptoms of various diseases, leaving the reader to contemplate if love is a wonderous gift or a terrible plague. Written by a Nobel Prize winning author, this beautifully written book is set in war-ravaged South America during the late 1800's. Although this is not an easy book to read -- at times the plot plods slowly through the long decades which separate Florentino and Fermina -- I highly recommend it. Before reading this book, ask yourself how long you would wait for love. Then ask yourself if you waited that long, would it be worth it in the end?