This is more than a love story, it is a life story. From the first time Florentino Ariza sees Fermina Daza he loves her. He sends her letters and she is in love with him. Then one day, she feels her love is an illusion and leaves him, when she marries a wealthy well-born doctor, Florentino Ariza realizes the only way to have Fermina Daza is to wait until her husband dies. This is what he does, the book takes us through his love affairs while he is waiting, through Fermina Daza’s marriage, the hard beginning to the loving years to her despair at her husband’s death, at which time Florentino Ariza declares his love for her once again.
This is a beautifully written book with lush descriptions and evocative prose, I was transported to another world, where the jungles had raucous parrots and the rivers had alligators sunning themselves. In these rivers were floating corpses, rotting and fetid. Well, that is what happens with Cholera.
At first I felt the story was moving too slowly, after all the book covers over 50 years and I did not see how Mr. Márquez would fit it all in, but the pieces come together and the story leads to its eventual and satisfying conclusion.
If this is the sort of book you enjoy, you would probably like this book, if you prefer thrillers and true crime books with murderously depraved spouses that prefer murder charges to divorce court, you will probably not like this book.