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Love In The Time Of Cholera

by Gabriel García Márquez

October 5, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Love In The Time Of Cholera is rated 2.3333 out of 5 by 33.
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 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.01 × 5.11 × 0.75 in

Published: October 5, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307389731

ISBN - 13: 9780307389732

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lyrical I first read this novel when I was 19 and am now 28. I still love this book. At times it can be a tad drawn out, however it is a love story an full of details about each character and their lives. I've noticed many reviewers were "disappointed" by this book and skeptical of the "Oprah's Readers club" (or whatever it is called).....I personally did not find this book a "difficult" read.
Date published: 2011-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Not what I expected. Boring. Boring. Boring.
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very original I think to read this book you have to just believe in what could happen and what sadly sometimes does. People who like simple books would not like this book, but people who are unique in a good way and like reading books that could and have happened would love this book.
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Thought Provoking!" "What Came Before He Shot Her" by Elizabeth George is an insightful look into the lives of minorities in British society. In this story the minority is a family of biracial children. We see how being different (looking different)can bring out the prejudices of smal-minded people. Also, we see how people who are constantly being pushed in a corner tend to react to the negative traits in others in destructive ways. We learned that it takes great courage to change a negative trend into a positive one.
Date published: 2008-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tedious and Unsympathetc Characters I have always been a great reader but this one tested my mettle. I bought it 7 months ago and just finished it after putting it away and restarting several times. Only my stubborness kept me going. There is no way I could identify with either of the primary characters--one a 'low-life' who was more of a stalker than a lover. Way too cumbersome and slow-moving. I'm not interested in his other books after reading this one.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was not what I expected I wanted to like this book - I really did. I had heard so much about it and had high expectations for a beautiful love story. However I found the book was difficult to read - it is overly descriptive and detailed - so much so that it almost takes away from the story. I didn't hate the book - I still appreciate the story and am glad I read it, but it isnt for everyone, that's for sure.
Date published: 2008-05-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from very difficult to get started on this book,after 30 pages I gave up. difficult read
Date published: 2008-05-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what i expected Well this book is not what i had thought it would be. I had heard so much about it through various sources and i was building myself up to read this great love story that would move me in some way. I am currently half way though and have been for a few months now. I find it difficult and overly descriptive. I will finish it because i believe no matter how bad a book is i will follow through so that i can give an honest and educated review; however it is not one i will recommend. Perhaps it will grab more of my attention later on. I will say this however, it is NOT predictable and it IS more realistic than some other love stories i have read. That is probably the only positive thing i can say about the story at this point.
Date published: 2008-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Time I found this book to be an utter waste of time! Where do I go to get a refund on my time and money?
Date published: 2008-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Perversion I can't be inspired by a character who is a rapist and child molester. Florentino raped a household servant whom he impregnated. He molested a 14 year old niece. He was supposed to be her guardian. Yeah, that's a shining testimony of enduring love. I think he should have been hauled off to jail in the final chapter.
Date published: 2008-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Love Story I tought this book was beauitfully written. once I got past the first 50 pages or so I couldn't put it down. It flowed perfectly and was heartbreaking yet funny at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone, it was an all-encompassing read, I felt like I was living it, it pust a smile on my face the whole time! Absolutely Beautiful. I have nothing bad to say about this book!
Date published: 2008-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What the ???? picked it up...got bored read another book...tried again got bored read another book...tried again got bored read another book....at about page 300, not sure if i can find the energy to finish...what is all the hype about???
Date published: 2008-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not for me This book was not enjoyable for me at all. The basis for the tale was classic but the characters were all unsympathetic and not in any way relatable . The writing was admirable but somewhat challenging for me as a reader, the rhythm seemed to be way off . I believe this has something to do with the translation from spanish to english. I have read other books that have taken some effort and still felt fulfilled at the end, sadly this book left me feeling like i had wasted my time.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I reall enjoyed reading this book, I was looking for something different and original but also real. I know many people will find the book as good as I did
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh. I am so glad I am not the only person in the world who did not enjoy this book. I found the characters hard to relate to, and I never really cared about the characters. I hear 100 Years of Solitude is better. Maybe I'll try that one instead.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good but not great I've read Marquez's "one hundred years of solitude" and was expecting something similar. The writing style was the same, things were described poeticially and there were many lines you might want to remember or write down because of their beauty... The actual story was a lot more love based than 'one hundred years...'. Although, I had expected a real love story, maybe because I saw the movie previews... A love story that would touch me and make me want to fall in love all over again. That didn't happen. I found the main character to be creepy. I found the story development a little slow. All in all, nearing the end of the novel I was somewhat disappointed by this book. Not to say it's not a good book, I had just expected something life changing.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still uncertain what to think of this one An interesting story - written with great detail and descriptors so that the images are so clear in your mind, but I found myself confused by the character's because of their names (I am not good at books with non-north american names). I also wasn't sure what to think of the protagonist - at the end, I certainly did not like him. Really not sure what to think of this - a slow dull read at times and a fascinating read at other times.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was looking forward to reading this book however am very disappointed. I find it has not been able to capture me at all. I won't be finishing this one.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little slow....glad to get to the end Although I enjoy the author's writing, this novel moves slowly over a generation of characters, sometimes too slowly.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I REALLY struggled to get through this book. I found that his characters were shallow. I didn't really care what happened to them. I was shocked to see this described as the ultimate love story. This is not a book that I would recommend to others!
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I REALLY struggled to get through this book. I found that his characters were shallow. I didn't really care what happened to them. I was shocked to see this described as the ultimate love story. This is not a book that I would recommend to others!
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from unreadable I was so excited to have time to read over the break so grabbed a nobel prize winner, how can you go wrong? It's just SO wrong. Completely unreadable, I want my money and time back. When three characters are introduced at once and for the rest of the chapter only "he" is used, it's impossible to follow without constant re-reading and eventually with such boring and lifeless characters you just don't care any more.Utter rot of a story and very annoying for anyone who actually reads and is used to well written literature.
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love in the Time of Cholera -- Excellent. Beautiful and Lyrical I finally finished the other day and I really liked reading Love in the Time of Cholera. The point at which I started to enjoy it was when Fermina and Urbino had their first fight that almost ended their marriage -- over soap in the bath. It was so believable that I immediately decided at that point on that this was a book for me. I'm sure that if I were still taking English classes there would be a lecture on the death of the landscape and how that relates to the love affair of Fermina Daza and Florentino -- that he neglected so much because his entire life was lived for her. The last page was absolutely beautiful and it gives great hope, being someone in their twenties and watching all of my friends get married that life and love can change when you least expect it -- even when you're 70 or 80 years old. I enjoyed the non-linear narrative -- how one thread would drop off and lead into something tangential but applicable to what the reader just heard about. It felt very cyclical in format and style which parallels the plot line itself.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking a story of yearning A story of love and yearning. Heartbreaking and inspiring at times. Florentino Ariza a hopeless romantic falls in in love, his love marries another man. However he waits 51 years, 9 months and 4 days to profess his love once again after her husband dies. This is his story of waiting and holding on ...to a love he had and will have again.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love or addiction It wasn't what I thought it would be. My own love story is better than that.
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just difficult to read I never ever abandon a book i start and the only reason I read it because it was part of the book club and i commited to reading it. I like to review books but there is nothing to review about this book; it takes too long, not a lot happens, I mean you can descirbe the one thing for so long before it becomes boring.
Date published: 2008-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful Wordsmith If you love incredibly descriptive novels and have an appreciation for the use of often neglected vocabulary, then you will enjoy this book. The translator deserves kudos for taking a story that must have been rich in its original language and keeping it that way in English. This story is like a rich cake, so many may only be able to take it in small bites.
Date published: 2007-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated I was looking forward to this one but was disappointed. I could not identify with, or even like, the 3 main characters. I never knew what they saw in one another. I also found it to be tedious to read. How many times can a setting be described, I got it the first time! Not one I'd recommend.
Date published: 2007-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Definitely Not Oprah's Best Choice I found this to be an extremely long, drawn out and tedious novel to read. The story line repeats itself over and over again throughout every chapter. I was not even able to finish the novel because it was such a chore. Not one of Oprah's finest choices.
Date published: 2007-12-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not as good as expected I found this book to be a dreadfully tedious. The book sounded like it would be very romantic, but I found it to be boring and not at all believable. This is a very slow read and not very exciting. Definately not what I would call a page turner. I too suffered though to the end hoping it would improve and it did not.
Date published: 2007-12-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Painful Chore to Read Positively one of the most tedious books I have ever read. Each page was a chore to get through. I felt that if I persevered at least through the first chapter the story line would improve and I would not be able to put the novel down. Unfortunately that was not the case.
Date published: 2007-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love In the Time Of Cholera I read this book years ago and I still remember it. I enjoyed it much more than "100 Years of Solitude." Can there be anything more heart breaking than love that has never been given a chance to develop, to grow? How often do we make choices in our lives out of fear for the unknown, prefering a stable ground to uncertainty? I fear regret. The thought of looking back in my life and asking that dreadful question, what if? The novel reminds us that regret has no remedy and time truly waits for no one.
Date published: 2007-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magic Realism This is my favourite Marquez book. It's very engaging and lyrical...and strange because of his writing style. Oprah made a great choice! (She also chose Faulkner, who is another excellent author.)
Date published: 2007-10-08

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Love In The Time Of Cholera

by Gabriel García Márquez

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.01 × 5.11 × 0.75 in

Published: October 5, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307389731

ISBN - 13: 9780307389732

Read from the Book

IT WAS INEVITABLE: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. Dr. Juvenal Urbino noticed it as soon as he entered the still darkened house where he had hurried on an urgent call to attend a case that for him had lost all urgency many years before. The Antillean refugee Jeremiah de Saint-Amour, disabled war veteran, photographer of children, and his most sympathetic opponent in chess, had escaped the torments of memory with the aromatic fumes of gold cyanide. He found the corpse covered with a blanket on the campaign cot where he had always slept, and beside it was a stool with the developing tray he had used to vaporize the poison. On the floor, tied to a leg of the cot, lay the body of a black Great Dane with a snow-white chest, and next to him were the crutches. At one window the splendor of dawn was just beginning to illuminate the stifling, crowded room that served as both bedroom and laboratory, but there was enough light for him to recognize at once the authority of death. The other windows, as well as every other chink in the room, were muffled with rags or sealed with black cardboard, which increased the oppressive heaviness. A counter was crammed with jars and bottles without labels and two crumbling pewter trays under an ordinary light bulb covered with red paper. The third tray, the one for the fixative solution, was next to the body. There were old magazines and newspapers everywhere, piles of negatives on glass plates, broken
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From the Publisher

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 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

From the Jacket

“This shining and heartbreaking novel may be one of the greatest love stories ever told.” --The New York Times Book Review

“A love story of astonishing power…. Altogether extraordinary.” --Newsweek
 
“Brilliant, provocative…magical…splendid writing.” --Chicago Tribune
 
“Beguiling, masterly storytelling…. García Márquez writes about love as saving grace, the force that makes life worthwhile.” --Newsday
  
“A sumptuous book…[with] major themes of love, death, the torments of memory, the inexorability of old age.” --The Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1927. He attended the University of Bogotá and went on to become a reporter for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. He later served as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas, and New York. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, he is the author of several novels and collections, including No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Innocent Erendira and Other Stories, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The General in His Labyrinth, Strange Pilgrims, Love and Other Demons, and most recently, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, as well as the autobiography Living to Tell the Tale.

Editorial Reviews

“This shining and heartbreaking novel may be one of the greatest love stories ever told.” --The New York Times Book Review

“A love story of astonishing power…. Altogether extraordinary.” --Newsweek
 
“Brilliant, provocative…magical…splendid writing.” --Chicago Tribune
 
“Beguiling, masterly storytelling…. García Márquez writes about love as saving grace, the force that makes life worthwhile.” --Newsday
  
“A sumptuous book…[with] major themes of love, death, the torments of memory, the inexorability of old age.” --The Washington Post Book World

Bookclub Guide

"A rich, commodious novle whose narrative power is matched only by its generosity of vision." –The New York TimesThe introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group’s reading of Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez masterful novel of unrequited love.

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