El amor en los tiempos del cólera
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El amor en los tiempos del cólera

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La historia de amor entre Fermina Daza y Florentino Ariza, en el escenario de un pueblecito portuario del Caribe y a lo largo de mas de sesenta anos, podria parecer un melodrama de amantes contrariados que al final vencen por la gracia del tiempo y la fuerza de sus propios sentimientos, ya que Garcia Marquez se complace en utilizar los mas clasicos recursos de los folletin...more
Paperback, 509 pages
Published April 28th 2005 by Sudamericana (first published 1985)
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Samantha Newman
I previously read "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and I liked it a lot, and I was intruiged by the title "Love in the Time of Cholera" so I thought I'd read it.

Within the first few pages I had the inkling I didn't like it, but sometimes it takes books a little while to get warmed up. Plus, I don't like starting a book and not finishing it, because I know I'll never go back to a book I stopped reading because I didn't like it, and if I stop reading it, I'll never know if I would have liked the re...more
April
May 09, 2009 April rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy torturing themselves, perverts, sex offenders, and jerks
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Madeline
LET ME EXPLAIN, GUYS.

Okay. I like Marquez. I think his writing is beautiful, his settings are evocative and masterfully portrayed, and yes, his books are pretty romantic, and I always enjoy magical realism (this one could have used more of that last bit, though). The last twenty pages of the book even manged to suck me into the romance of the story, and I found myself finally really invested in this love story instead of being vaguely creeped out (we'll get there). Look, I even found a really ni...more
Liz
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Riku Sayuj

This review is now also available at The Bombay Literary Magazine (TBLM): The Infinite Capacity for Illusion



The words I am about to express:

They now have their own crowned goddess.


THE INFINITE CAPACITY FOR ILLUSION


Whither The Magic?

One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my favorite novels. Which is why, when I started reading Love in the Time of Cholera, one of the things I noticed immediately was the lack of the subtle brand of magic that I had so enjoyed. I missed it and was on the lookou...more
Samilja
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Siobhan
Jun 26, 2007 Siobhan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I learned that I will never be a great writer, because sometimes, there are people like Marquez, who manage to write such an amazing piece of art without making it ponderous, pretentious, or difficult.

It's not really about the plot, is it? A guy is in love with a girl, and waits for her for 50-odd years, while conducting his own affairs.

Here's the thing, though. The way the story is told is segue-free, almost conversational, but with such sumptuous detail and description, that it can only be e...more
سارة درويش
بالرغم من النحس المبالغ فيه المصاحب لمحاولاتي لإنهاء الرواية ، إلا إنها رااااااااااائعة ومذهلة ، عمري في حياتي ما اتسرقت في الحكاية قد ما اتسرقت في الرواية دي ، دخل بيا من حدوتة لحدوتة ، أحداث قديمة في أحداث جديدة ، رغم إن فيرمينا داثا هي في رأيي بطلة الرواية إلا إنه ما حكاش عنها قد ما حكى عن عشيقها المجنون فعلياً بيها ، حبيت أوي الدكتور أوربينو ، وعجبتني جداً فيرمينا ، ماحبيتش فليورينتو آريثا إلا لما فيرمينيا بدأت تتقبله في آخر الرواية
مشكلته مش انه حبها لدرجة الجنون ، مشكلته ان حياته كانت من غ...more
Garima
Remember me with a rose.
That pressed flower kept long ago in a favorite book did not appear conceited of its appearance. There was no sheen, no fragrance, no guard of pricking thorns and yet it carried a delightful reminder of a time when the first wary step towards love awakened feverish fantasies about a world where poets find their rhymes, writers find their stories and romantics find the gleeful manifestation of an incurable disease. So when I read about a 'Love' which bloomed and survived...more
Lou
Lush, sensual and poetic in its prose, Marquez spins a vivid tale about a man's love for a woman that waits fifty years to come to fruition. Beneath the imagery and romance, however, lies Marquez's sharp observations on the nature of relationships, marriage and old age all told with Marquez's brand of humor, wisdom and unflinching veracity.his book is not about the relationship of Fermina and Florentino. The book is about love in all of its forms, and the characters in the book exist as vehicles...more
Elizabeth
Sep 04, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literature junkies
This book contains the most single lines in one work that I wish to lift from their pages and paste around my house so that I may bask in their glory on a daily basis.

Reading other reviews of this text always puzzles me. No, I don't need everyone to love what I love to the extent that I love it, but it just seems that those who detest it have really suffered a failure at literacy. With the risk of further offense, I will state that I believe the culprit is that cute little "Oprah's Book Club." T...more
محمد سيد رشوان

بسم الله ..

والحمد لله..

والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ..


مبدئياً : العنوان

حينما كنت أسمع عن " الحب فى زمن الكوليرا " كنت أقول لابد أنها رواية مأساوية تتحدث عن حب بين اثنين فى ظروف صعبة ومعدمة وفى جو يعكر صفاء الحب بينهما الفقر المدقع ، ومما يزيد الأمر مأساوية هو أن يصاب احدهما بالكوليرا ، ويتوالى الصراع بين الحب والموت ، الحب والفقر ، الحب والمرض ..إلخ
وبذلك تكون الرواية رائعة ..

لإنه بالتأكيد ماركيز _وكنت قد سمعت عنه كثيراً بأنه عالمى،ولم تنجب الرواية مثله من قبل_ سيتناولها بأسلوبه الذى هو قطعاً سا
...more
Rakhi Dalal
“Too much love is as bad for this as no love at all.”

-------Florentino Ariza, Love in the Time of Cholera.


How right. For, this book is about everything but love. Or is it? Could it be about chasing the notion of love? The notion which becomes as chronic as the Cholera itself and which leaves its patient a midst a ceaseless mourning?

It seems so to be the case with Florentino Ariza, who, for more than half a century, attires himself as one in mourning of a rejected love while still trying to fi...more
Patrick
Dec 22, 2007 Patrick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
I'm not going to lie; I read this book (and, before it, 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being') because they were the books referenced in the movie version of 'High Fidelity' that Rob used to point out that he wasn't dumb, because he understood them (they're about girls, right?).

And now that I too can claim to be smart, because I've read these books, I can say that he's pretty much right. They are about girls, when you get right down to it. Yes, of course, there is an embarrassingly great deal of o...more
Ryan
i have to say something about this book: i tried reading this thing three times, and the farthest i got was about halfway through. why? it pissed me off beyond belief. this is romance at its most frustrating. why do all these epic, sweeping love stories involve loving someone from afar? haven't we moved beyond that petrarchan form of idealized love? hasn't beatrice left the building? why is waiting and self-sacrificing the ultimate testament to passion?

love is not a one-sided emotion - it is cr...more
Becca
Dec 15, 2013 Becca rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becca by: Hollywood
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Rhona
Mar 01, 2008 Rhona rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Rhona by: book club
I did not enjoy this at all. This is a book about a weak man excessively obsessed with a married woman for over 50 years. He pines his time away with 622 sexual encounters that he records and we have to read through. The book is SLOW! He is sickly obsessed. He's a pervert, possibly a pedophile. He finally is reunited with his true love when she is in her 80's and then he describes their bodies and love life. Don't recommend this to anyone! This is not what true love is...it is a book about obses...more
Tempest
Love in the Time of Cholera is not a simple love story. To read it as such would be a disservice to the book's exploration of love as an infinitely complex emotion; as an emotion that can both contradict and embrace itself within the same heartbeat. Without favoring any expression, Gabriel García Márquez speaks of long marriages, happy in their stability and co-dependency. He speaks of promiscuity, and how "one can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the same sorrow with each,...more
Mohamed Mostafa
بدايةً ؛ الرواية عظيمة ، شخصياً أعتقد ذلك
و لكن ، قد أسمح لنفسى بخط بعض الملاحظات و التى قد لا تتعلق بالرواية
فى حد ذاتها - بشكلٍ موضوعى - بقدر ما تتعلق باستقبالى الشخصى - بشكل ذاتى - و حالتى النفسية أثناء قراءة الرواية ، و أنا أظن أننى أفعل ذلك بشكلٍ واعٍ
أولاً / الرواية قائمة على ثلاث شخصيات أساسية هم على حسب أهميتهم و حجمهم فى الرواية يمكن ترتيبهم كالآتى : 1- فيرمينا داثا ، 2- فلورنتينو إريثا ، 3- الدكتور خوفينال أوربينو
لذا فالرواية من ذلك النوع المتمركز حول أبطال واضحين بعينهم ، و يكاد دور الشخ...more
Jennie
GGM is an amazing writer, his prose is fluid and draws you in. I wish my Spanish was still good enough to read this in the original, rather than the translation.

Unlike many of the people that disliked the book, I had no problems with Florentino sleeping around. His promiscuity was no issue for me, I mean, people do this all the time. I struck me as an honest dipction of how some people live. And I even get that he could never really kill his love for Fermina. My personal opinion is that everyon...more
Syd
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فـــــــدوى
لا يوجد أديب او رواية بمنأي عن التقييم ...لأن الادب في النهايه خاضع للذائقه ..لكن هناك روائع مهما بلغت بك درجة الاجحاف لابد وأن ترفع لها القبعه ...الحب ف زمن الكوليرا واحدة من هؤلاء ...
(نحن نقرأ الادب بعيون القلب)
عندما قرأت تلك الرواية للمرة الاولي منذ ثلاث سنوات ..بهرني الاسلوب لكن لم أصادف في نفسي هوى لها لكم اللامعقولات الموجودة فيها ...
لكن اليوم ..لدي أمل و رغبة في التصديق

كم انا نادمه لأنني لا أجيد الاسبانيه فمؤكد ان الكثير من نكهه تلك الروايه قد فقدت في الترجمه ...رغم ان علماني تفاني في نق...more
Emily
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Aliaa Mohamed
رواية من اروع ما قرأت حتى الآن
اسلوب ماركيز رائع فى السرد والحبكة الدرامية
استطاع ماركيز ان يشدنى من اول وهلة واتشوق لمعرفة النهاية
رسم ماركيز الشخصيات بأسلوب بليغ دون اى يجعل القارئ يشعر بالملل من كثرة عدد الشخصيات الواردة .
من اكثر العبارات التى اعجبتنى ف الرواية :

المرء يتعلم اللغات حين يريد ان يبيع اما عندما يريد الشراء فالجميع يفهمونه كيفما كان -
"-البشر لا يولدون دوماً يوم تلدهم أمهاتهم ,وانما تجبرهم الحياة على ولادة انفسهم بأنفسهم ثانية ولمرات عديدة"
- ما يؤلمني في الموت هو ألا أموت حبا -
- الم...more
Ian Paganus
Time is a River, I am a Tiger, You are a Goddess

"Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges."

Jorge Luis Borges: "A New Refutation of Time" (1946)

"The words I am about to express:
They now have their own crowned goddess."


Leandro Díaz - "La Diosa Coronada" ("The Crowned Goddess")



Ever...more
Tippi
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Jon Quinton
A colourful masterpiece featuring an old romantic, a ladder and a parrot.

Referring to his novel Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Marcia Marquez once warned the reader : "you have to be careful not to fall into my trap". I take this to mean that we musn't be fooled by a happy end. What makes Love in the Time of Cholera a love story at all is its non-platonic hint at the platonic ideal whereby the two halves of a sphere separated in youth are happily conjoined once again in old age.


It would b...more
mai ahmd
...مالذي يمكن أن يقف في مواجهة الموت الأدباء يقولون لا شيء سوى الحب سبق وأن قالها غي دي موباسان في رائعته قويّ كالموت وهنا أيضا ماركيز يتحدى ويواجه الموت في الحب في زمن الكوليرا وهي رواية ملحمية ، سيرة للحب الخالد قد يبدو لقارئة عربية مثلي كحب قيس لليلى وعنتر لعبلة ولكن بنكهة كولومبية وبفلسفة جنونية يعرف بها ماركيز هذا الحكواتي الرائع الذي لا يخذل عشاق قلمه لا أدري حقيقة كيف تكون الرواية غنية بهكذا أفكار كيف تنضح إنسانية وهي تجمع الكثير من النقائض بل و تحتوي على مشاهد ذات روح كوميدية لذيذة و دعا...more
K.D. Absolutely
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (born 1927) did a Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977). What I mean is that Love in the Time of Cholera (first published in 1985) threaded on the same path previously explored by Lolita (first published thirty years prior: 1955).

In Nabokov’s masterpiece, 12-y/o Lolita cavorts with a middle-age man, Humbert Humbert. In Marquez’s love story, Florentino Ariza lives with 14-y/o America Vicuna. However, the focus of the story in Lolita is the relationship between Dolores (a.k.a., Loli...more
Alice
I had mixed feelings about this book. The theme of love manifesting itself in physical ways, like a disease akin to cholera, was interesting, and I liked the style with which the story was narrated. The unfolding of the plot was nicely done, engagingly written. And I really liked the sense of passage of time that the book imbued with ease. The themes of death, aging, etc. -- those were handled with great expertise by Marquez.

But the main characters, Dr. Urbino, Fermina Daza, and Florentino Ariza...more
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What makes this a "Third-World" novel aside from the fact that it is set in Colombia? 13 112 Jul 11, 2014 12:28PM  
Message of the book?? 11 128 Jul 10, 2014 09:41AM  
Seriously, this is a romance??? 13 299 Jun 25, 2014 03:47AM  
Does anyone else hate the main character? 52 485 Jun 23, 2014 05:48AM  
Do you think that the love Florentino feels for Fermina is real? 16 184 Jun 05, 2014 11:39AM  
Knjigom u glavu: Ljubav u doba kolere (Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez) 11 80 Apr 25, 2014 11:41AM  
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Gabriel José de la Concordia Garcí­a Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcí­a Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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