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Love in the Time of Cholera

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  365,222 ratings  ·  17,636 reviews
'IT WAS INEVITABLE: THE SCENT OF BITTER ALMONDS ALWAYS REMINDED HIM OF THE FATE OF UNREQUITED LOVE'

Fifty-one years, nine months and four days have passed since Fermina Daza rebuffed hopeless romantic Florentino Ariza's impassioned advances and married Dr Juvenal Urbino instead. During that half-century, Florentino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has l
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Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 1985)
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Madeline
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list, ugh
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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Jaidee
Dec 05, 2015 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.

8th Favorite Read of 2016

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 gu
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Samantha Newman
Jun 20, 2007 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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
236. El amor en los tiempos del cólera = Love in the time of cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
Love in the Time of Cholera (Spanish: El amor en los tiempos del cólera) is a novel by Nobel prize winner Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez first published in Spanish in 1985. Alfred A. Knopf published an English translation in 1988, and an English-language movie adaptation was released in 2007.
The main characters of the novel are Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Florentino and Fermina fall in lo
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MsAprilVincent
Mar 21, 2008 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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Charlotte May
DNF at page 218.

This is tough for me to admit. I hate not finishing books but I cannot carry on with this any longer when I am not enjoying it and I have so many other books I could be reading instead.

The writing is tedious. Focused on a man rejected when he was young and his infatuation with this woman for years afterwards. He sleeps with numerous other women, as we are shown in detail. His first love marries another, but he still cannot move on.
His obsession borders on the creepy, he never
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Riku Sayuj
Feb 04, 2011 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.


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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Siobhan
Jun 26, 2007 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
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Liz
Jan 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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William2
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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Matthew
This was not the book for me. I know a lot of people give it praise and it is considered a classic, but I never got into it.

It rambled . . . it was repetitive . . . I got bored.

What was supposed to be a story about love seemed to be more about twisted obsession and I never found it endearing. None of the characters were all that great and I pretty much found myself feeling sorry for everyone.

I was thankful when I was done.
Henry Avila
Sep 04, 2012 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 not ...more
Seemita
Sep 04, 2014 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
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Elizabeth
Jun 11, 2008 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
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Steven Godin
Ditching his trademark magic realism for something more along the lines of psychological realism, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 1985 novel is by far and away the best book I have read by him.
With gorgeous, lucent writing, full of brilliant majestic whirls, splendour and humour, and a final few lines that finish off the novel almost perfectly, the Colombian simply excels as a writer, and doesn't drive the reader around the bend with a bucket load of long-winded names like those featured in 'One Hundr
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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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Samilja
Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rhona
Jan 17, 2008 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...it is a book about obses ...more
Rakhi Dalal
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rakhi by: Jon Quinton
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“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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Lou
May 12, 2010 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
Jibran
May 23, 2016 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
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Diane
Aug 14, 2007 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.

Ye
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Michael Finocchiaro
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera: "it was inevitable: The smell of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love."

I saved my favorite opening phrase for my last. When we realize that cyanide smells like bitter almonds, this phrase opens like a lotus flower revealing an amazing amount of depth, sensuality, and irony. The entire book is going to be about unrequited love as we as told here. The reader's curiosity is also piqued by the questioning of where the
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Jr Bacdayan
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love. It’s amazing how something so often spoken, so easily expressed, so readily written, is so very misunderstood. What is this four letter word that we worship and live for? Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in Time of Cholera made me understand one thing. I should not aim to understand it. For love is immeasurable. It is formed by its giver and is shaped by its object. Every love is different, as everyone is different. Florentino Ariza’s love is silent, but as sturdy and intense as his c ...more
Becca
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becca by: Hollywood
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Kimber Silver
"The words I am about to express:
They now have their own crowned goddess."

–Leandro Diaz

Love in the Time of Cholera is not a book that can be taken like a shot of tequila—slammed down then sit back and feel the burn. No, no, this book is like a fine aged wine. I swirled it around the glass and drank in the beauty of his prose. The delicious writing slipped through my brain and settled into my core until I was on fire. I had to commit, to give Gabriel García Márquez my undivided attention.

Love
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Cheri
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was the first book I put on my "To Read" list when I first joined GR, and I just never seemed to get around to it. I had previously bought a used copy which someone borrowed and didn't return, and settled for the hardcover edition I purchased a year or so ago. The last few years I've read most books on my kindle so I've been a little spoiled, at least my aching fingers have been, not having to support the weight of a book for any length of t ...more
Michael
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
Luís C.
Love in the Time of Cholera is one of those novels whose beauty fits into the title.
At the time of its publication in 1985, readers' enthusiasm was in keeping with the prestige of its author, Gabriel García Márquez, who had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature three years earlier.
The story is set in Colombia over the period 1870-1930, in a port of average importance, Barranquilla, at the mouth of the Magdalena River, which flows into the Caribbean Sea.
Three river boats, each with two wh
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Patrick
Dec 17, 2007 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
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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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