Love In The Time Of Cholera is a book that I would not have normally gone for. Although I read Pride and Prejudice, I didn’t see this one as one that would interest me, but the person who suggested it knew I would like it, and like it I did. I think love it is a more optimum choice of words.
I was just over half way through the book when I realised that there was only a little speech in the book, but it is told in such a way that you do not notice. You are watching the lives of several people pan out in front of you. It is a story of unrequited love in the extreme, and Márquez knows how to shock. At several times during the book I was stunned and sitting there open-mouthed. At other times I was laughing so hard tears were running down my cheeks. He manages to use a word so many times in a paragraph and it works, even using it side by side.
The love that one of the characters holds for another and is willing to wait for all of his life if necessary for the love of another. The book is about love, loss, depression, envy, and once again – love. Fermina Daza, Dr Juvenal Urbino and Florentino Ariza make for three very good characters, very well created and believable.
I found it interesting that Márquez uses some people, places and encounters that actually happened in history. I looked up some of them and they were described as the author also created them in the books.
I didn’t want the book to end as I felt the characters had become friends, living through more than fifty years with them, through their ups, their downs, their tears and their joys.
It will not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I would recommend you try it. You never know, you may like it as I did.