|Genre:||Literature & Fiction|
Originally in Spanish: El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Cólera
From the brief introduction on the back cover, you might think that this book is just another fancy-schmancy love story. Well, you better think again. This is different from other novels that I have read because it presents the reality of love: the pain of rejection, possibility of infidelity, the perseverance of the heart so that love can conquer it all, marriage flaws, and unrequited love. Aside from that, it focused more on the events AFTER the maiden's heart has been won...which I have been looking for in a love story.
Although the narration may be too detailed for some readers, it guides the readers to actually feel and visualize the events. That's why it will go unnoticed that there are few dialogues between the characters. And the way the story was written seems to have a melancholic air but as you proceed to the final pages, the melancholia just disappears. Not only that, the book is also brimming with wisdom and a different outlook on life. Here's one of my favorite quotes:
"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."
Garcia-Marquez also described the characters very well so it seems like they're real people. The way that it was written, Florentino Ariza seems to me as a very somber fellow whose ideologies seemed to be based on fantasy but very determined (He waited 51 years, 9 months, and 4 days to profess his love once again to Fermina Daza after Dr. Urbino died). Fermina Daza seems to be a person who uses her head than her heart but works towards making something good come out of it. And Dr. Juvenal Urbino is a man of action and a no nonsense kind of person.
So I recommend this novel to those who appreciate a slice of reality in their literary plate...and for those who love fantasy, this might appeal to you, at some points. It has a "Happily Ever After" ending but it is presented in a different context.
Here's a link to the chapter synopsis if you want to get the essence of the story: LINK