Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2014
From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century.
In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.
With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises - joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.
©1988 Gabriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
Retired English teacher. ....Maryville, TN. Live in Abbeville, AL Belong to a great book club.....Wine Between the Lines
I absolutely love Gabriel Garcia Marquez! His magic realism had me laughing. His romance panting! Excellent performance as well#
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
This is plainly one of the best titles I have ever listened to and, I suspect, it would be a pleasure to read. The language hangs in that shadowy place between prose and poetry. In many ways, it reminds me of Rushdie's "Enchantress of Florence", without the complexity of plot.
A love story told over a generation and an half, borne of experience and tested in adversity. It also reminds me of Ben Okri's "Famished Road" and and there is no small resemblance to Don Quixote, too.
I loved the plot. It is just so simple, yet it carries the characters along their paths, like the river does at the end. It begins with a death by gold cyanide and there is a hint of fatality in what then follows. I enjoyed the personification of the disease, Cholera, the structure that it brings to the story and the melancholy it drips. All the while the story follows the lovesick "fool", Florentino Ariza. As he relentlessly pursues his love of Fermina Daza, amidst long and strange dallying with the recently widowed population along the Caribbean coast, one comes to like, dislike, pity and then envy the man. Similarly, one comes to smile, frown, swear at and then congratulate Fermina. The emotions are truly cyclical.
Finally, it would be remiss not to comment on the lovely reading by Duran. At times he reminded me of the actor, Peter Coyote, rasping his way in a surprisingly melodious way across the beautiful language.
In my opinion, this is one for true listening pleasure.
It shows that love is worth waiting for. It is interesting that being from the Caribbean, I was able to understand some of the prejudices in the book. The stereo types that existed are ever present in that part of the world today.
The Trip on the river boat! I had a vivid image of the mosquitoes and the oppressive heat with no AC!
I love the fact that he read with an accent. It added the right flavor and atmosphere to evoke the feeling that was created in the characters in the book.
No, no extreme reactions, although there were sad moments.
Old age is sad but in this story is was romantic!
Why on earth? My reaction is the antithesis of three words.
The Pantheon of profound books.
The opening right through to the closing.
Please. Give us poor listeners more credit.
Nonetheless, thank you for taking the financial risks entailed and providing us with a wider choice. Please try to continue working at the battle lines to ensure that available titles are not reductionist in intention. There remains a market for the more arcane, perhaps, although I detest labelling a terrific story, beautifully written..as arcane.
Others like me may no longer have a choice. We can't read. We can only listen.
From the opening lines I feel deeply and wholeheartedly into the romantic atmosphere crafted by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's characters, time and settign. I suffered diligently alongside Flornetino Ariza and his ill-fated, singular love. This book like life and love, endures forever.
I don't usually go for love stories but after reading 100 years of solitude I thought I would try another of Marquez work. Excellent. A different kind of love story. It's written in a more conventional style compared to 100 years but unique nevertheless. Very thought provoking. Marquez is as much a philosopher as he is a great writer. Beautiful.
Spectacular narrator. The story was good, however it had some slow parts. A love story that's in the protagonists thoughts is tough to get through. As a half century goes by and old life descends, the long hours, of these people not being together became a little disappointing. A good story of the time of Caribbean island life. I do enjoy any historical fiction. If you do, please listen.
"Only God knows how much I have loved you"
Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall in love in their youth but circumstances, family and society keeps them apart he chooses to love her best of all and wait for the opportunity to reunite, rejecting all other possibilities of making a life with other women but not of enjoying the moments. She on the other hand marries Dr. Juvenal Urbino,and with time learns to love him. This loves are not perfect or without struggles they are real and frail like life itself, and so it is that when the Doctor dies and Fermina is approached by Florentino and his persistent love; she receives him with her resistant love.
The story begins with these events but develops through the retelling of the years in between from 1880 to 1930 there is humor, romanticism, magical realities in small doses and reality in large spoon fools like florentino confronting the consequences of successful business life on a trip down a river he had known in his childhood and discovering a river destroyed and devastated by his actions. This book also confronts the problems of older couples without embellishments or excuses something truly revolutionary and commendable for it allows love to be greater than a romanticised notion.
The reader was efficient and clear. I suspect the accent is real.
"Do you like Marmite?"
From looking at other reviews, this does seem to be a bit of a "marmite book". I had been looking forward to 'hearing' this since it had been on many people's "top" list of books. It was a struggle to finish it... the characters are just given no "depth". There's something strange about the way it's written (someone who understands literature styles might be able to define it!).
So, I found the characters confusing and just not "likeable" at any level. Such a disappointment. Yes, the odd insightful sentence but left me like someone who's just taken that accidental mouthful of marmite on toast... I got to the end... but it wasn't what I would call enjoyable!
"Its Very Long"
I particularly enjoyed his enjoyment of the language. It was fully articulated and the rolling and complicated Spanish names and culture was laid out in a way that was surprising givenit was read in English.
Everything comes to he who waits
The book is very long. The first half and the last quarter were great but once things had been established it became repetitive until it got close to the very enjoyable conclusions.
I found the characters rather confusing. They kept going back and forth in time as well.
I don't think so. I found the narration was not easy to listen to. The story rather confusing.
I suppose so. I did not like the accent but it was probably correct for the setting of the story.
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