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
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.
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.
So glad they finally came out with the unabridged version. I refused to listen to the other one. Well done.
Well-narrated story about the multifaceted nature of love. This isn't a simple story about the love lasting a lifetime, but moreover is a story of passion in all its forms.
The only bad thing I can say about this audio book is that it ended!
Gabriel Garcia Marquez brings a masterful work in this one, and I was hooked from the first words.
The narrator does a superb job on this and that is a credit as well to the translation into English. It is not too hard to follow, which was my initial concern.
The characters are deep and the story line is fabulous.
Pick this one up if you are looking for a wonderful 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.
"I unfortunately found this book very boring"
I don't get the point of the story really and it had super long descriptions. Maybe in other times this may have been interesting. Funished it just to check it off my list
"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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