If you've been in a bookstore in the last year, there is little doubt that you seen Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir. For that reason alone it got my attent...moreIf you've been in a bookstore in the last year, there is little doubt that you seen Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir. For that reason alone it got my attention. While I was perfectly fine with "eat," the "pray" and "love" parts kind of turned me off and made me think this was not a book for a guy.
The travel aspect did interest me... the subtitle of the book is "One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia"... so the book kinda stayed on my radar... but when Gilbert appeared on... where else... Oprah!... I immediately morphed into that O-Pavlonian dog and got the book the very next day. Now, it wasn't because of the mighty O... but Gilbert, who came across as so likable and funny and interesting... one of those people you could sit down with, as total strangers, and have a nice chat over coffee (or after reading the book, I should say gelato). (less)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been one of those authors I have been meaning to read for years and years now. I must have been mad at Oprah when she picke...moreGabriel Garcia Marquez has been one of those authors I have been meaning to read for years and years now. I must have been mad at Oprah when she picked Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude a few years back... so when she selected Love In The Time Of Cholera, especially just ahead of the movie version, I figured what the heck! (Though the reviews of the movie have been very iffy and, with plenty of alternative entertainment options, we've literally not been out to see a movie in well over a year!)
Here's the very basics (no spoilers!) of the plot... nothing you wouldn't read on the back cover (not that I'm looking, of course!) or in the movie trailer. As children, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall in love... mostly via love letters and glances from afar... fast-forward several years, Fermina ultimately marries another man... and while Florentino does move on with his life... he never gets over his love for Fermina and waits fifty-one years, nine months, and four days for another shot of love with her!
Ah, the stuff of literary romance ... capital "R" Romance... or else just someone in serious need of a therapist to tell him to get over it! For me, it was more the former. Granted I can be a cynic at times, but I did get caught up with it.
It's not a book to be read quickly. Garcia Marquez's lush prose slows you down, but in a good way. I only managed to knock it out in under 2 weeks since had quite a bit of extra "alone" time.
Originally published in 1985, it very much reads like a "classic." Although I doubt that high schoolers (maybe college lit classes?) will ever be reading this one in our uber-politically correct/"save the children" world. As I mentioned, while Florentino pines for his Fermina he is certainly not celibate. While not graphic, there are many passages revolving around his sexual conquests... or should I say "love making," since the story takes place in a steamy/tropical Caribbean port city (inspired by Cartegna, Columbia where "Gabo" spent part of his youth).
Definitely would read some Garcia Marquez again some time.(less)