Love in the Time of Cholera
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...more
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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
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
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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
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
مشكلته مش انه حبها لدرجة الجنون ، مشكلته ان حياته كانت من غ ...more
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
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
بسم الله ..
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
-------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
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
love is not a one-sided emotion - it is cr ...more
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
(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
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
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
"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")
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
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
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|Does anyone else hate the main character?||64||557||Sep 02, 2014 02:57AM|
|What makes this a "Third-World" novel aside from the fact that it is set in Colombia?||12||136||Jul 11, 2014 12:28PM|
|Seriously, this is a romance???||13||330||Jun 25, 2014 03:47AM|
|Do you think that the love Florentino feels for Fermina is real?||16||192||Jun 05, 2014 11:39AM|
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 a ...more