Friday Finds: April 18 2014

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! (Hosted by Should Be Reading)

These books I know are ones that a lot of people know about, but they have only just arrived in my library.

Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García MárquezCholera

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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldGatsby

No one ever rightly knew who Gatsby was. Some said that he had been a German spy, others that he was related to one of Europe’s royal families. Despite this nearly everyone took advantage of his fabulous hospitality. And it really was fabulous. On his superb Long Island home he gave the most amazing parties, and not the least remarkable thing about them was the fact that few people could recognize their host. He seemed to be a person without background, without history, without a home. Yet the irony of this bright and brittle facade was that he had created it not to impress the world and his wife, but to impress just one person – a girl he had loved and had had to leave, a girl who had loved him but was now married to a rich good-for-nothing, a girl whom he had dreamed about for over four years. This dream had long ceased to have any substance or any connection with reality – and for that reason he could not wake from it. He had doped himself with his own illusion. And only death could dispel that dream.

11 thoughts on “Friday Finds: April 18 2014

    • Thank you. I found it in our local co-op yesterday and had to buy it after a friend of mine said it is a magnificent book. This is the same friend who got me reading Pride & Prejudice and now Love In The Time Of Cholera. I went to add it to my Kindle as it is free and it turns out that I added it in February lol. Oh well, always good to have the paperback version. Especially when the paperback version has the price on the front of 3’6 (3 shillings and sixpence) with the date inside of 1964. Would have been much nicer if it had been 1924 hehe

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