Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

eBook - 2003
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Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2003.
Edition: First Vintage International edition.
ISBN: 9781101911112
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (348 pages).
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 05, 2019

Got monotonous

" 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."

PMPL_AnaC Aug 26, 2016

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.

chereda Jul 20, 2015

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.

Karaelena Nov 04, 2014

A mature, love story. Descriptions/translation sometimes got lost on me. Was graphic but not in a good way. Romantic, yet not so.

May 16, 2014

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.

amandarobinson Feb 28, 2014

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.

Jan 25, 2014

from the dvd "Silk", this was a preview to the movie. One that I must read the book first.

etillery Aug 28, 2013

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.

Jul 12, 2013

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.

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Aug 26, 2016

"It was as if they had leapt over the arduous calvary of conjugal life and gone straight to the heart of love. They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death."

SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love."

Jun 25, 2010

To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else's heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.


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Jun 25, 2010

In their youth, Florentina Ariza and Fermina 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-one years, nine months and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.


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Jun 25, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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