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Friday, November 5, 2010

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International)

This book is about persistent, undying, long-suffering love. Love is pain comes to mind. Or to love means to suffer needlessly for innumerable years but in the end you'll be vindicated.

Florentino Ariza has been waiting for Fermina Daza for the longest time: fifty-one years, nine months, and four days. Ever since she refused him and married another, he has been waiting for his second chance. And now that her husband, Dr. Juvenal Urbino, has passed away because of an accident involving an errant parrot, his day has finally come.

The book also chronicles in length how Florentino Ariza numbed the pain of waiting by accumulating women worthy of being a bonafide Lothario. As well as how Fermina's marriage to the Doctor has weathered the day-to-day rains and the major storms.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is Spanish, so this is a very wordy book because of the translation. The amount of words in one page will cross your eyes a little if you get it in the usual size paperback.

If you dislike wordy books and flowery adjectives, this may not be a book for you. If you enjoy the concept of suffering for love, this is definitely a book for you.

Please be kinder to your eyes and get a big hardbound, if available, if you want to read this.