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Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) [Paperback]

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Oct. 5 2007 Vintage International
In their youth, Florentino 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 years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

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In this chronicle of a unique love triangle, the Nobel laureate's trademark "ironic vision and luminous evocation of South America" persist. "It is a fully mature novel in scope and perspective, flawlessly translated, as rich in ideas as in humanity," praised PW . 250,000 first printing.
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While delivering a message to her father, Florentino Ariza spots the barely pubescent Fermina Daza and immediately falls in love. What follows is the story of a passion that extends over 50 years, as Fermina is courted solely by letter, decisively rejects her suitor when he first speaks, and then joins the urbane Dr. Juvenal Urbino, much above her station, in a marriage initially loveless but ultimately remarkable in its strength. Florentino remains faithful in his fashion; paralleling the tale of the marriage is that of his numerous liaisons, all ultimately without the depth of love he again declares at Urbino's death. 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. Highly recommended. Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly Over-rated!! Nov. 16 1998
By A Customer
Filled with superfluous details, meant to paint a picture, but in the end only getting in the way. Dialog is for the most part non-existent, so beware when you make the 300+ page treck. The problem with this book is first and foremost, many episodes are unconvincing, such as Florentino loosing his virginity to a stranger in the dark on the ship. Yeh right! And even worse not being able to recognize her the next day. Not even being able to remember her scent?! I would have stop reading then had it not been for the 15 skins I shelled out (based on the outside cover reviews). Also for an artist/poet who read romantic fiction, he seemed to enjoy screwing without any intimacy. (The author cannot seem to write about it with much intimacy either, trying to sound literate but ending up sounding only vulgar). What turned me off is when he deflowered the 14 year old girl. Most readers, overlook this fact when they weep at the end. I guess he's only human, but then, so is she. If Bill Clinton were to carry on as such, these same readers would have his head. We never really get into either Florentino or Fermina's head. We never really know how Fermina makes him feel, or what it is about her that drives him. All we know is that he vomits a lot. We don't even know what is written in the LETTERS!!! Perhaps the author is incapable of writing a love letter. This is a very superficial book with many characters we will never care about. It is sad towards the end. "I remained a virgin for you". What did this mean? He remained a virgin in his soul? Oooh, heavy! (But then, he says it so convincingly, it had to have meant something!) The only redeeming quality is knowing that eventually we are all going to smell like vinegar. And in the words of BTO, "Any love is good love, so I took what I could get.." Words to live by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a movie made of this? Nov. 26 2007
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera is an epic love story, notable as much for its romanticism as for its unflinching gaze towards the vagaries of love's many faces. For those who scoff at or discard the literary love story, paradoxically, this is the book for you. Set in the seductive Caribbean during the mid-nineteenth century, Marquez's novel explores love in all its manifestations, from the vertigo of idolatry to the dirty dishes of marriage, and his portraits resonate exquisitely for anyone who has nursed this human inkling. Marquez never cheapens love nor falsifies it; on the contrary, he sees love's glory, or lack thereof, with an unerring eye. His portrait of marriage between his two protagonists, Dr. Juvenal Urbino and Fermina Daza, includes such observations such as "The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast." Interestingly, Marquez reveals an astute viewpoint towards the female predicament in marriage: Fermina Daza realizes she is nothing more to her husband than "a deluxe servant;" she feels she is trapped in his "holy service." Nor is Marquez oblivious to the bland atrocities committed by a husband: Dr. Juvenal Urbino proclaims meals prepared "without love;" he never deigns to pick anything up, turn out a light, or close a door. Marquez is a man who observes without bias the diurnal stalemate of a marriage lived daily. He concludes that "nothing in this world was more difficult than love." Marquez does not limit himself to the domestic pitfalls of marriage. Florentino Ariza, another man who figures prominently in this incognito Caribbean city, has loved Fermina Daza inexorably for fifty-three years, seven months, and eleven days. His love is fervent and never falters. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book May 23 2005
By Angie
This book is one of the most beautiful I have ever read. Every page is like poetry.
Takes patience at first of course, but definitely worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not with a bang but with a wimper Feb. 2 1999
By A Customer
This book is the worst type of book; it starts brilliantly, with the premise and smell of unrequited love, but then it just dies. I felt such relief at finishing, not because- thank God- I know "what happens" but because in good conscience I can now put it away and not have that hankering orange cover staring up at me from my bedstand. I do not mean to suggest that it is a bad book. It is not. But it fails to deliver on its opening promise. And, we never get to know the characters in any capacity greater than their actions. I have no idea if I like or dislike any of the three main characters. In fact, I don't think I care because I couldn't recognize them walking down the street. I felt betrayed by this book. Why couldn't it have been better?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is all the hype about? Jan. 3 2008
By Maggie
I sit here and wonder, is there something wrong with me, or all the other people? Where are all those awesome reviews coming from? Did people really love this story so much, or are they just "hype followers" who cannot think for themselves. So many give this book great reviews, but I just don't understand why. It's VERY SLOW and way too descriptive,not to mention unrealistic. If books are usually better than movies, then I definitely don't want to see this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it Feb. 10 2013
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I love this book. Its an amazing love story in a great colonial setting. The writing always as spected from Gabriel García Maquez.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A turgid presentation of obsessiveness
I stopped reading this book when I had completed 70% of it. I had wanted to stop much earlier but I am usually persistent in completing a book once I have read at least a third of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S Svendsen
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzz
I guess maybe I'm just not cultured enough, but I found this book to be incredibly boring. I picked it up because it had an intriguing title and plot summary, but I could not get... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amber Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow read...
In the book club I was in at the time, I was one of only two people who actually read the whole thing. It's a bit of a slow read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I begin with an admitted bias as Márquez is my favourite author.

This was an absolutely awesome read! This epic love story that spans decades. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2010 by Frida
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a disappointment
This book was so drawn-out, dull, and difficult to relate too. The language was overly flowery. What a disappointment. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2008 by Catherine H. Hewlett
1.0 out of 5 stars Kept hoping the characters would catch cholera so it would be over
The WORST book I've ever read! I absolutely hated this book. It took me 10 looooooooong months to force myself to keep going back to read this stupid thing just to get through it. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2008 by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
If you're one for a good story, such as ones found in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS or the ever-popular A TOUR OF SOUTHERN HOMES AND GARDENS, then LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA will be just... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2007 by Sharon McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A way with life
Marquez has a way with words like no other writer. And a way with a plot. Now, you're not going to zip right through this book in one night, and it is not a short read by any... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2007 by James Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Delicate Tale told perfectly

Reviews of Love in the Time of Cholera the movie have been mixed at best. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2007 by E. Haensel
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a bit repetitive in places but it is a delightful read,
It spans two entire lifetimes. It takes place between the end of the 19th Century and ends in the beginning of the 20th Century. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2007 by LJM
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