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
The writing style goes nowhere today. Imagine a work with unending quantities of passive verbs, impersonal descriptors, and narrative that tells more than shows.
Apparently all aspects of society were barriers to real human connection. Who would want to know any of these people? Who could possibly love any of these people? Imagine committing all seven deadly sins in a society with hardly any role models of the seven virtues.
Armando Duran has the voice a thousand angels. I will look for other work of his.
Reviewers of this book believe the subject is love when nothing could be further from the truth. It's really about human inability to care for one another, selfishness, corruption, the potential emptiness of wealth, cruelty, insensitivity, hautiness, misplaced pride, illusion, and delusion. If you believe in a god, especially one who inflicts plagues on hordes his/her deserving creatures, than this could be the book for you.
I need to wash my hands.
The turmoil of unrequited love in an age of political unrest, illness and caste struggles. I didn't know quite what to expect after reading some of the reviews regarding Florentino's six hundred some odd affairs over 50 years, but that fact was really tucked into the background. It was really a story of loneliness and passion ripening into love. A masterpiece.
A silken yarn that winds itself through life, a flawed, mystical, imperfectly wonderful life. This story will leave you enthralled with a million butterfly's kisses, and your sails billowing with a divine urge-that of love.
loved this story. I never knew where it was going. It took me to a time and place I've never been, in a delightful manner that was intoxicating.
Very long and rather doll with a few moments of little gems thrown in here and there. I don't regret spending my time with the story but I but I would not keep this book or pass it onto a friend if I had a hard copy of it. Glad I listen to it on audible if I have been reading it I would've stopped after chapter 2. The narration brings it from 2 to 3
The book is purely wonderful, funny and moving yet without sparing the listener from the tragedies and sadnesses of life. A timeless classic read made all the better by a truly brilliant performance.
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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