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Love in the Time of Cholera | [Gabriel García Márquez]

Love in the Time of Cholera

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 09-22-14
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 09-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "One for Posterity"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    F. Hawkins 11-12-13
    F. Hawkins 11-12-13 Member Since 2008

    silentsun

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    "better to read than to listen to"

    I listen to many more book than I read, but I did read this one around 15 years ago, and was impressed, and enjoyed the story. I don't know if I changed, or didn't enjoy the reader or what, but my memory of reading was much better than listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Earnest 09-19-13
    Earnest 09-19-13
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    "Love indeed..and in gratitude"
    If you could sum up Love in the Time of Cholera in three words, what would they be?

    Why on earth? My reaction is the antithesis of three words.


    What other book might you compare Love in the Time of Cholera to and why?

    The Pantheon of profound books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening right through to the closing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It failed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Vandalia 05-17-15
    Vandalia 05-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    A classic worth a second listen. Life, love, old age, cholera, and death all masterfully woven together by the Columbian author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DrMike54 Florida, USA 05-05-15
    DrMike54 Florida, USA 05-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A great love story"

    Well written and narrated with enthusiasm and empathy for all of the characters, the book creates realistic and vivid images of life ......and love....at the beginning of the 20th century.

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    Kindle Customer 05-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "genius fantastic to have Beautiful such story read"

    story was read in a way have that gave character a real voice as well

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    Stephanie 04-27-15
    Stephanie 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    This was a beautiful book about love. It is quite long however. I wish there was not a word minimum for a review.

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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-23-15
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrific, beautiful"

    So glad they finally came out with the unabridged version. I refused to listen to the other one. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Anderman 04-20-15 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy cooking, reading and travel. I split my time between New Mexico and Colorado.

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    "Well written, but tedious"

    Read with spirit and well written, this novel's overextended allegory of South America's history sometime seems interminable.
    For a long trip.

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    Barbara Gaetano 04-18-15
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    Exquisitely written, I was captured every moment.
    It was easy to imagine myself almost all the characters and anticipate what would happen next.

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    "Complicated"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the characters rather confusing. They kept going back and forth in time as well.


    Would you recommend Love in the Time of Cholera to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. I found the narration was not easy to listen to. The story rather confusing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I suppose so. I did not like the accent but it was probably correct for the setting of the story.


    Did Love in the Time of Cholera inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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