Book Review: Love In The Time Of Cholera

IT WAS INEVITABLE: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.

Book Information
Author:Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Date of Publication:1998
Number of Pages:Approx 350 with cover

Book Review: Love In The Time Of Cholera

From the Blurb: 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. Florentino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has loved none but Fermina. Having sworn his eternal love to her, he lives for the day when he can court her again.

When Fermina’s husband is killed trying to retrieve his pet parrot from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?

Written on an extraordinary premise of living a life based on swearing love forever and following it through, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera follows the lives of three characters Fermina Daza, Dr Juvenal Urbino and Florentino Ariza till the day Dr. Urbino dies and Florentino Ariza reaffirms his love for her.

"The trouble," Florentino's uncle had said," is that without river navigation, there is no love." In this story the river had literally translated the shape of Florentino’s life. Two voyages, fifty years apart, shaped his life and for us, the readers, defined the course of the story. On his first voyage, Florentino had decided to return and live forever in the city of Fermina Daza. In the final chapter, we see Florentino voyaging into love with Fermina by his side, at the twilight of their lives. Sailing through time with this tale of eternal love, Remembrance and Forever, are the two words that get new dimensions in this book. Good Read. You can buy this book at amazon or at flipkart , in case you live in India. You can also find the lowest price of this book in India at

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Jennifer Waggoner Hartling said... Reply

I need to reread this book, it's been too long :) My tbr pile and my tbRR pile are almost the same height ;)

The Book Outline said... Reply

Indeed. I feel this is the true situation with most of us :)

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