Love in the Time of Cholera: A Novel takes off in unexpected directions

The story takes place in a town in the Caribbean during the 19th century. Florentino Ariza falls in love with Fermina Daza, a girl who just moved into the town. Florentino writes a love letter to Fermina and later, both fall in love passionately by exchanging love letters secretly. However, Fermina gets caught and as a result gets expelled from the school. Lorenzo, Fermina's father, decides to move to another town so that Fermina can forget about him. Fermina easily erases Florentino by marrying a wealthy doctor named Dr.Juvenal Urbino. On the other hand, Florentino still reserves his heart for Fermina. Even though he was been involved in 622 affairs, he still preserves his heart for Fermina.


Leaves some readers wanting more

Gabriel García Márquez is a renowned author hailing from Latin America. Among all the World Literatures books I had, I was very interested in Latin American literature, especially with the magic realism. However, Love in the Time of Cholera is not a magic realism novel. In fact, it is a romance/fiction novel. The story begins with a sudden death of Jeremiah de Saint-Amour with many suspicions. The book has many foreshadows, which makes me wonder with many thoughts and tension. Furthermore, Márquez explicated the story thoroughly with thoughts and details. Florentino Ariza is a romantist who can't stop thinking about Fermina Daza for over fifty yeras. Florentino's devotion to Fermina shows that his fidelity parallels how much pain and patience it takes for love.
However, the downside were the overall story. I was a little frustrated with the plot because it was very simple. In addition, the usage of foreign languages sometimes confused me because I do not have much knowledge about the Latin american culture. But the fancy words did not distract from reading because the story flowed very smoothly and still comprehensible.
Despite the elaborate languages, I was able to comprehend the whole story.

Author Biography

GGM_classic.jpgGabriel José García Márquez was born on March 6, 1928 in Aracataca, Colombia. In Gabriel's childhood, he was fascinated by his grandfather's stories and grandmother's superstitions. Later, he followed his parents' wishes by enrolling as a a law student. However, Gabriel despised the subject that he read books about literature rather than history. Then his life had changed when he read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. After reading the book, he began writing many books, ranging from fiction to short stories.