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Love in the Time of Cholera

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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 th ...more
Paperback, First Vintage International Edition, 348 pages
Published October 5th 2003 by Vintage International (first published 1985)
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Madeline
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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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Huda Yahya
الرواية التي حارب فيها ماركيز الزمن
*المراجعة بها حرق للأحداث*


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 ا
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Mohammed Arabey
Feb 10, 2015 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
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MsAprilVincent
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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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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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.


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
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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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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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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Liz
Jan 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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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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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
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Mohammed-Makram
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature


كانت تبدو له جميلة جدا. فاتنة جدا. و مختلفة جدا عن الناس العاديين. بحيث لا يدرك كيف لا يختل الأخرون مثله بصناجات كعبيها على بلاط الشارع. و لا تضطرب قلوبهم بهواء تنهدات كشكشها. و لا يصاب العالم كله بالجنون حبا بحركة ضفيرتها و طيران يديها. و لجين ضحكتها.

و أنت في حضرة الماركيز لا تتوقف عن الانبهار في كل لحظة. انه لا يحكي بقدر ما يبث لك من أحداث بل يجعلك تراها رأي العين. ليس ذلك فحسب و لكنه أيضا يطلعك على ما في النفوس و يجلي خفايا القلوب بسرد بسيط و مسترسل لا تكلف فيه و لا عناء و كأنه أنفاس حسناء
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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
Elizabeth
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
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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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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.
محمد سيد رشوان
بغض النظر عن الهراء الذي كتبته بالأسفل والذي تركته فقط للعودة بعد خمس سنوات ومعرفة أنني كنت أحمقًا كبيرًا الحمد لله بسم الله ما شاء الله، باختصار شديد رأيي يتلخص في نقطتين: هذه واحدة من أعظم الروايات التي قرأتها في حياتي ولا زلت أتذكرها حتى الآن..



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
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Samilja
Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Rhona
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...it is a book about obses ...more
Lou
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
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
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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Reckoner
Mετα τα 100 χρόνια μοναξιάς δήλωσα αμετανόητη φάν του Μάρκες. Η ικανότητα του να φτιάχνει ολόκληρους κόσμους, να σκιαγραφεί τους χαρακτήρες του, να μιλάει με τόση τρυφερότητα και να παρατηρεί καταστάσεις όπως τον έρωτα, το πάθος, την αγάπη, τον θάνατο, τα γηρατεία, τον γάμο και τη μοναξιά με τέτοια φαντασία, λογική και σοφία παράλληλα, είναι τα στοιχεία που με γοήτευσαν και υπάρχουν και εδώ. Η πρόζα του είναι πράγματι μοναδική γεμάτη χιούμορ και νιώθεις να σε παρασύρει με την φλογερή του ματιά ό ...more
Ahmed
Aug 16, 2012 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
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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
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
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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 n
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“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” 2293 likes
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