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Love in the Time of Cholera

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Florentino Ariza is a hopeless romantic who falls passionately for the beautiful Fermina Daza. Instead Fermina marries a distinguished doctor, while Florentino can only wait silently for her. He can never forget his first and only true love. Then, fifty-one years, nine months and four days later, Fermina's husband dies unexpectedly. At last Florentino has another chance to ...more
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Published September 6th 2007 by Penguin Modern Classics (first published 1985)
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Aug 08, 2013 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list, ugh

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
Samantha Newman
Oct 05, 2007 Samantha Newman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mohammed Arabey
Aug 25, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
!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 ج
May 09, 2009 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy torturing themselves, perverts, sex offenders, and jerks
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Huda Yahya
إنها الرواية التي حارب فيها ماركيز الزمن

الكوليرا داء
والحب داء
كلاهما يغير حياة المرء
كلاهما يعلن حربا شرسة ووحشية
كلاهما قاس وفتاك
وكلاهما يستهلك صاحبه

تقول والدة فلورينتو في لحظة تأمل
” ..الحب شبيه بالكوليرا ..“

الحرب والكوليرا والحب
كلهم يطهرون المرء بطريقته
يعيدون تشكيل من يصاب بأي منهم

ولكن الحب حرب ضد الموت
وهو من يضمن لصاحبه الخلود
عكس الوباء وعكس الحرب والقتال

فلورنتينو في النهاية
يتخلص من باقي المسافرين على المركب الذي يحمله وحبيبته العجوز
بخدعة أن السفينة أصاب من عليها وباء الكوليرا
وتنتهي الرواي
❁ بــدريــه ❁

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
Jan 07, 2008 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Riku Sayuj
Oct 16, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rohini

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.


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
Jun 26, 2007 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 11, 2016 Jaidee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that like their prose rich
Recommended to Jaidee by: too many people to count.
Shelves: five-stars-books

5 "masculine, organic, decaying...." stars.

Do not make the mistake that this book is about love.

This book is about much more common vices.

Vices that masquerade for love.

Jealousy, obsession, desire, pity and vengeance.

Perpetually selfish penises promising but only perjuring voluminous misunderstood vaginas.

Men using women that use men.

The demise of the body, civilization, disease, poverty, stolen riches, subservience, slavery.

Sexual abuse in the guise of parental guidance.

Smothering overind
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
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
Apr 15, 2008 Samilja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2015 Seemita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers who hang on.
When glistening drops of dew swivelled across the leaves,
When hazy films of sun lifted their candid veils;
When morning spring walked the aisle of the autumn road,
I saw a face whose reflection, since years, I have behold.

In envious vanity, she swayed her hair,
In rapturous youth, she erred everywhere;
But stoic her nod was to my pure passion
Which sent me blazing waves of heartburn.

Running behind her, became my moral;
Worshipping her being, was a religion;
In those auburn eyes, my heart would lie sti
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
محمد سيد رشوان

بسم 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 ساحر وعالمى وبشكل سيجعل دموعى تفيض أنهاراً من
Sep 04, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 05, 2011 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rakhi Dalal
Mar 11, 2014 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rakhi by: Jon Quinton
“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
Aug 30, 2016 Jibran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Márquez sends message to anyone who will attempt to write a romance novel after Love in the Time of Cholera. (view spoiler)

There are many wonderful reviews of the book on here, so I will abstain from indulging in lengthy reflections, but I cannot leave this space unfilled without recording a short paean born out of the immense aesthetic pleasure, and grief, and education, this book afforded me.

Stretching a notion to its limits would ulti
Mar 01, 2008 Rhona rated it did not like it  ·  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 a book about obses ...more
Jul 31, 2016 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

مرة بيسألوا أبو ماركيز بيقولوا له :انت عمرك ما فكرت تكتب رواية ؟ فرد عليهم وقال:الفكرة الوحيدة اللي امتلكها علشان اكتب عنها رواية كانت قصة حبي لزوجتي،لكن غابو سبقني وكتب الرواية دي،يعني أمام قصة غرام أسطورية في المطلق لكن ماتزال بذرتها حقيقية 100%،فهي قصة حب والد ماركيز ووالدته.

أبو تمام كان بيقول : نقّل فؤادك حيث شئت من الهوى ... ما الحب إلا للحبيب الأول.

عمل تقليدي جدًا , بسيط جدا , بديع جدًا.
العمل عن قصة حب ولكن ليست كأي قصة , فهي قصة اليائس فى حبه الآمل منه في نفس الوقت .

قصة من عاش حياته كلها
May 29, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Henry Avila
Oct 22, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
A mesmerizing tale of love as an obsessive disease or an endless journey on a river. A young telegraph operator, Florentina, falls for a schoolgirl, Fermina, but he is rejected as unworthy by her father. Through secret letters he successfully woos her, but she changes her mind, judging it as nothing more than a fantasy. She later submits to a proper suitor, Dr. Urbino, respected for his work fighting cholera. Florentina never stops loving her and hopelessly waits while pursuing numerous surrepti ...more
Dec 22, 2007 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  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
Becca Campana
Dec 15, 2013 Becca Campana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becca by: Hollywood
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Oct 31, 2007 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Dec 07, 2010 فـــــــدوى rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
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
Mar 15, 2008 Tempest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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