Love in the time of Cholera

I started reading this book a couple of months ago and for the first time in my life it took me more than a couple of weeks to finish a book.  It was not the book’s fault it was mine, I was busy and then Ramadan came along so I had to put it aside for some time.

I finished reading it yesterday and felt satisfied.  It is a story of love that spans slightly over half a century.  Set in latin America in the end of the 18th century till the 1920s.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, spins a gripping, exciting and romantic tale of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza.  Not exactly star crossed lovers but nonetheless separated by Fermina’s choice and then brought back together by Florentino’s perseverence and undying love 50 years later.

I will not spoil it for you but the book is worth the reading time.  You will be transported to a different time and a different world where everything is slow moving like the Magdalena river and time is of no importance only love. From the book my favorite passage has to be:

Together they had overcome the daily incomprehension, the instantaneous hatred, the reciprocal nastiness, and fabulous flashes of glory in the conjugal conspiracy. It was time when they both loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity. Life would still present them with other moral trials, of course, but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore.

14 Comments

  • At 2008.10.16 11:16, RJay said:

    real life ….real love …amazing i’ll start reading it next week

    • At 2008.10.16 11:40, jessyz said:

      @RJay, let’s watch the movie at the same time.

      • At 2008.10.16 15:39, gjoe said:

        Hmmm.. a post about a book :) Sounds important..

        actually i read through 100 pages through it and kind of felt bored in the middle. I mean there is no “suspense” just a narrating of events that you know where are they going to lead… That is what I felt, at least the first 100 pages of the book :)

        • At 2008.10.16 17:21, jessyz said:

          I think this Marquez’s general style, those first 100 pages are the hardest, but once you’ve passed them it because more interesting and gripping.

          • At 2008.10.16 22:21, gjoe said:

            3ala baraket Allah! a7’allas bass elly fe eedy w ba3deen the World is Flat w ba3deen ba2a Marquez 😀 isA

            yeah and don’t worry, i already have it..mesh hastelfoh men 7add 😀

            • At 2009.05.02 20:56, asoom said:

              I read this book as part of a bloggers book club we had going on last year. I personally loved it and thought it was a representation of modern dynamics of attraction between the sexes. Not everyone who read it though had a favorable opinion.

              • At 2009.05.03 14:28, jessyz said:

                It was a good book, but I think I liked 100 years of solitude more. I also think that your opinion of a book depends on your mood and what you are going thru in life when you read the book.

                • At 2009.05.09 22:30, asoom said:

                  100 years of solitude was a good one!

                  • At 2009.09.02 15:34, Marwa Ayad said:

                    This novel is on my to-read list. A friend recently told that my debut novel THE YEARS OF SILENCE reminds him of this book (and I couldn’t have been more flattered). And that’s why I want to read it soon.

                    I’m an Egyptian author who writes in English, by the way. My debut novel is believed to be the first English-language romance novel by an Egyptian female born and raised in Egypt. May be you’ve heard about it before.

                    Ramadan Kareem. :)

                    • At 2009.09.03 08:48, jessyz said:

                      I’d love to read your book, do you know where I might find it in Kuwait.

                      • At 2009.09.04 00:00, Marwa Ayad said:

                        I don’t think you can find it in Kuwait. Anyone outside Egypt can order it via this link and it’ll be shipped to you:
                        http://bookspotonline.com/middle.php?file=bookdetails&bookid=43933

                        Or if you have someone you know traveling to Egypt; tell them to buy you a copy and they give it to you when they see you in Kuwait. :)

                        • At 2009.09.08 12:14, jessyz said:

                          I’ll wait till I am in Egypt then. Good luck with it too!

                          • At 2009.12.22 23:16, sameha said:

                            I do like the part…”but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore”…

                            • At 2009.12.24 09:36, jessyz said:

                              Yes and if you’ve read the book you’ll know it means so much more. I loved the book and have had the movie for ages and still haven’t seen it. I am afraid it might ruin the book in my head :-).