Love in the Time of Cholera is a Nobel Prize winning novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a story about the difference between love, lust, and marriage; a story about the difference between passionate love and reliable love. It can be, at times, a bit difficult to wade through… I, myself, almost stopped ready a quarter of the way through due to the slowness of the narrative, but I stuck with it and was not disappointed with my decision.
Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall in love as teenagers. While Fermina Daza leaves that obsessive childhood love behind, Florentino Ariza finds himself consumed with his love for Fermina and declares that he will never love another as passionately as he loves her. Fermina Daza marries a prominent doctor and they share a long life together until her husband dies.
Florentino Ariza spent his life chasing one lust-filled romance after another, never forgetting his true love Fermina and keeping an eye on her always. When Fermina Daza’s husband dies, Florentino Ariza goes to the funeral and afterwards boldly declares his undying love for Fermina. Talk about bad timing.
Fermina is disgusted, but finds a friendship develop with the untimely Florentino. The friendship soon blossoms into a love affair unlike anything either has experienced in their long lives.
The story is romantic and odd and dreamy all at the same time. I didn’t know who I was rooting for. The writing was wordy and I found myself bored at times, but overall it was well-written. After thought leads me to give this novel four stars for it’s originality and overall story of a lifetime of different kinds of love.