Love in the Time of Cholera

A good title will get me every time.  And so it was with Love in the Time of Cholera.  I had never heard of Gabriel Garcia Marquez when I bought this book on a whim, after seeing it on a bookstore shelf. It was the title that drew me in.

And the opening line:

It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. 

How could I resist it? I bought the book and that was the beginning of my love affair with Marquez’s writing.

DSC_0909Last week, in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, I saw one of those “Top 10 Books about Great Love” lists (I forget now which publisher had put it together).  Love in the Time of Cholera was the only book on the list that I had read, and it made me pull it from my bookshelf for another look. My Penguin paperback copy was published in 1988, three years after its first publication in Spanish. So it must be time to re-read the 50-year love story of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, loosely based on the story of Marquez’s parents.

While I loved his novels, I confess my attempt to read Marquez’s autobiography, Living to Tell the Tale, failed. I got bogged down somewhere in Columbian student politics and gave up.

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Penguin Books, 1988.

About A Glass Half Full

A career journalist who became a "accidental" travel writer, I'm definitely a "glass half full" kind of person. And I've also written a guide book to 100 of Australia's best pubs, so my glass is usually literally so. Based in Australia, I'm often in my native New Zealand, and love to roam the world. I'll go anywhere for a good story but prefer the less trodden paths. Whatever I'm doing, I'm usually also writing about it, with passion, depth and humour. You won't find rehashed press releases on my blog, just my own view of the world, as I see it.
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2 Responses to Love in the Time of Cholera

  1. I’ve read this one. I can’t say that I loved it but I was intrigued enough to finish it and did enjoy the story in the end. I made the commitment to read it after seeing the movie, Serendipity, where the book was instrumental in the main characters finding each other after 7 years. At the time I did not know what the book was about but knew that it had to parallel the movie in some regard.

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    • Lee says:

      There is also a movie of the book (of the same name). It was made in 2006 and stars Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt (with a Spanish actress as Fermina). I haven’t seen it….and I agree that his books are a bit of an acquired taste. This is one of the easier reads, I think.


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