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.

Category: Foreign
# pages: 348
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About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

6 responses

  1. Anna says:

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I took it out of the library last year, and I couldn’t get past the first 10 pages. It just seemed to start so slow and I was easily bored. But I’ve heard great things about this book.

    –Anna
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  2. Hi, I read this several years ago & loved it. Just recently I bought his “one hundred years of solitude” & will begin reading it soon. Marquez is a wonderful author.

  3. Jo-Jo says:

    I did enjoy this book, but I don’t think that I loved it. It did seem to go on and on, but his descriptions were fabulous. Now I need to watch the movie.

  4. Carolyn G says:

    I really liked this book but I preferred One Hundred Years of Solitude. One of the best books ever written

  5. Bella Foxx says:

    I gave it 3 stars.Here’s my rating system.1 star – hated it2 stars – didn’t hate it3 stars – liked it4 stars – really liked, would recommend5 stars – loved it will keep it forever

  6. DeSeRt RoSe says:

    I’ve been considering this book for a while, and I haven’t seen the movie on purpose so I would read the book first but after a read another book by the author I’m kind of worried that I might not like the book.. but it will have to depend on my mood.. I will have to give it a try and then see if I can finish it or not 🙂BTW how many stars would you give it out of 5? just to give me a hint!