Love In The Time Of Cholera ~ A Review

CholeraLove 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.

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34 thoughts on “Love In The Time Of Cholera ~ A Review

  1. It is truly an astonishing work – original and compelling. I’m glad that you enjoyed it as much as you did. 🙂

  2. You were telling me about this book the other day….I think I will have to check it out even though it is not my usual genre. I am trying to expand my horizons to different types of writing 🙂

    • I am going for a horror next. Just for a change. It has been years since I have. I think it was a James Herbert or Shaun Hutson.

  3. One of the finest novels I have ever read. The man is a genius, and taking us on THAT particular love story is just so unique and touching, and I agree, I didn’t want to let it end. Wanted the characters to keep on going. This guy does what writing should be.

  4. Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite Latin writers and Love In The Time Of Cholera is an excelent example of his work. Great review!

    • Thank you Yvo. I am going to read some other books before I pick up another of his. I love the way he brings the characters to life.

  5. It’s one of the most brilliant book I’ve read and which a friend gifted me in hostel way back..Marquez successfully portrays the tragedy of love. I’ve read it twice:)

    • I started reading it as soon as I finished it, but the ending was too fresh in my mind. There are some books I have read several times, and this will be another.

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