Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Opening Sentence: It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
Synopsis:Gabriel García Márquez’s moving account of the love triangle between Fermina Daza, Florentino Ariza, and Doctor Juvenal Urbino in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Genre:Literature & Fiction
Comments:Love in the Time of Cholera is a moving tale of love, constance and devotion. Told in the third person flashbacks this story reveals the lifelong consequences of a brief, but passionate, love affair between young Florentino Ariza & Fermino Daza. Fermina Daza moves on from this affair, marries Doctor Juvenal Urbino and lives a full life. Florentino Ariza, who never stops loving Fermina, moves through a series brief affairs until old age, when the death of her husband leaves Fermina free to be wooed once more.

Some parts of this book were a little drawn out and hard to get through, which is why I haven’t given it full ratings. Overall, however, this was a wonderfully moving story of the constance of the human heart. This is not a romance novel but it is romantic – not with the impetuous passion of youth, but the comfortable, familiar love of old age. I highly recommend it.

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