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Love in the Time of Cholera

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  268,791 ratings  ·  12,480 reviews
From the Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds three people's lives together for more than fifty years. In the story of Florentino Ariza, who waits more than half a century to declare his undying love to the beautiful Fermina Daza, whom he lost to Dr. Juvenal Urbino so many ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published 1985)
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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
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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
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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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Liz
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بــدريــه  الـبـرازي


رفض غابرييل تحويل رواياته لأفلام سينمائية
حفاظاً على حق القارئ في الخيال
بعد انتهائي من رواية بحثت عن الفيلم ، أمانة كان
ممتع جدا بقدر متعتي في قراءة
غابرييل متمسك بالحياة جدا في روايته لدرجة
أنه يرفض الموت لابطاله ، و أن اضطر لقتل أحدهم
فهو يصرخ و يبكيهم و يجعلنا نبكي معه كما
لو أن أبطال أصدقائنا و عشنا حياة معاهم



مفتاح الرواية يتشكل من أول كلمة ، ربط غابرييل
بين اللوز المر و الغراميات الكئيبة عن طريق الطبيب
لمعاينة حالة انتحار لمهاجر ، يموت الطبيب
في نفس اليوم بحادث آخر، و يبدأ في سرد الأحداث
عا
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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 loo
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Mohammed Arabey
بماذا خرجت من تلك الرحلة؟! لا شئ يا صديقي
اه، سوي أنني زرت جزر الكاريبي بواقعية لاتخلو من السحر لأول مرة دون قراصنتها وجوني ديب؟

و اﻷهم، أني تيقنت أن الشيخوخة ومرور الزمن ليس مفزعا لهذا الحد إذا ماكنت تعرف الحب حقا

أنها رحلة نصحني بها مديري العزيز 'ستقرأ عن الحب في زمن الشيخوخة، بوصف مشاعر ساحرة كما لم ولن تقرأ في حياتك' وقد كان محقا
الغريب إنني بعد منتصف الكتاب وجدت نفسي أكتشف أن الرواية ليست لوني المفضل من الروايات علي اﻷطلاق...دراما رومانسية بلا خيال ..ومع ذلك لا أستطيع إيقاف سماع ثرثرة الماركيز
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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
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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
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Samilja
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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
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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
William1
One of the few writers I have read who can show sex convincingly on the page, so that it reinforces character and extends action, and doesn't become a narrative sinkhole in which entropy prevails.

Depressingly great. One of those books one knows one could never write yet still one wishes -- pointlessly -- that one could do so.

Laden with vivid detail. It moves almost flawlessly, from sequence to sequence with nary a foot put wrong in terms of diction or tone.

Relentless storytelling, like diamonds
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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
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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
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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
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Henry Avila
In an unstated city (Cartagena, in an unnamed country, Colombia), was born an illegitimate son by a rich father, and a poor peasant woman, in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The married man never confirmed publicly this, dying young ... The struggling mother tried very hard to survive, Transito Ariza gave her only name to her child, she had, Florentino Ariza. The bright lad grew up rather aimless, and lazy, nothing was important, or interested him, the mother supported them selling no ...more
Diane Librarian
This was a sad reread. I first read this about a decade ago and loved it. I remember being blown away by the beautiful writing and the incredible love that Florentino felt for Fermina — he continued to love her even though she married another man, and he waited more than 50 years before he could be with her again.

I decided to reread the novel by listening to it on audio (performed by Armando Durán), and this time, I was so creeped out by Florentino that I didn't enjoy the book as I had wished.

Ye
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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
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
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Becca
Dec 15, 2013 Becca rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becca by: Hollywood
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Syd
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Emily
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Ian Klappenskoff
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
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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.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and late worked as a reporter for the Colombian ne
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