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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 heartbroken, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the ...more
Paperback, First Vintage International Edition, 348 pages
Published October 5th 2003 by Vintage International (first published 1985)
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Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ugh, the-list

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
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 g
Samantha Newman
Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Jim Fonseca
Can unrequited love last a lifetime? That’s the premise of this book. A 76-year-old man pines for a woman all his life. Now her husband has died. Does he still have a chance? Actually they were in love as teenagers, but they mostly exchanged secret notes. She was guarded by her nanny and when her father discovered the relationship, he took his daughter away for three years. It worked. When they returned the young girl no longer loved the boy and she married a man who became a prominent and wealt ...more
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 is a novel by Nobel prize winner Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez first published in Spanish in 1985.

The main characters of the novel are Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Florentino and Fermina fall in love in their youth.

A secret relationship blossoms between the two with the help of Fermina's Aunt Escolástica. They exchange several love letters. However, once Fermi
Mar 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Riku Sayuj
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 t
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jan 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
J.L.   Sutton
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Because I'd heard that Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera was so different from One Hundred Years of Solitude (one of my favorite novels), it took me a while to actually read it.

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Love in the Time of Cholera is very different from One Hundred Years, but it is a wonderful character-driven story that spans the entire life and loves of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. They had been passionately in love in their youth, but Fermina eventually rejects Florentino for a wealthy doctor
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
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Florentino Ariza declares his love for his 'crowned goddess' Fermina Daza in their youth.
50 years, 9 months, 4 days and 622 love affairs later, he does it again!

This story is not about love. It is about the vices and virtues of being human, of animal instincts, of men wooing women for reasons other than love, of women trying to fall in love with men they married for material purposes, of one kind of desire used to quench the thirst of another kind, of elder men spoiling much younger girls, of wi
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
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the writing in this novel of Márquez as much as in his other works, but I don't believe in the ideas he is describing.

How do I as a reader cope with this dilemma?

Do I put writing over content and engage in an enthusiastic review of the master storyteller?

I could.

Or do I take apart the many parts of the storyline that I found neither plausible nor desirable nor practicable nor even interesting?

I could.

Or do I accept the fact that the magic of writing does not always do the trick fully,
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 surviv
Rakhi Dalal
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rakhi by: Jon Quinton
Shelves: favorites
“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 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Becca by: Hollywood
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Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
OK, Marquez is not for me. I wanted to like this book. He has a sort of magical command of words and sometimes I was enthralled by the language and cadence, but I was not charmed by the book and I would not call it a love story. There was little or nothing of love in any of these relationships, and I would go so far as to say that Ariza is a psychopathic sexual deviant and a stalker.

In what world is it an enhancement to character when a 76 year old man sleeps with a 14 year old girl who is in hi
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.

May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Kimber Silver
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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.

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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 later worked as a reporter for the Colombian

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