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
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!
I felt trapped in a merry-go-round of stories from beginning to end. No, if this type of flashback or revisiting or out of order storytelling is the style, I would not be interested in another book by this author.
No, not if I understand which time period it is referring to and the treatment it receives.
Then narration helped the interpretations; but couldn't fix the story.
I have never asked for a credit back on a book, until now.
They all seemed shallow and uninspiring; I'll be willing to listen to 100 years of solitude- maybe they are more interesting?
This book started out well but got really drawn out with the ending just dropping off. If I had purchased it as a print book, I would have fallen asleep so many times that I'm sure it never would have been finished. Amando did a great job in reading the story.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This was a good book but I never really connected with this writing or with the characters. The narration was excellent, with nice tone and pacing and was wonderfully clear. The writing is not bad, but, other than a few passages near the end of the book, I found very little that was moving or interesting. Perhaps some might find the sexual references titillating. Perhaps some will enjoy the subtle and ambiguous characters. The characters are not unpleasant and are likable enough. The theme of long life and long love was mildly pleasant, but lacked magic or power. I did modestly enjoy the last fifth of the book (particularly the manatee story), but certainly not enough to read this again. The end of the book had a bit of the magical realism I expected from the start, but it was too little and too late to make this book great for me.
This books takes you forward, backwards, forwards, backwards of no importance.
All of his voices sounded the same (Women & Men)
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