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4.0 out of 5 stars Love�s story, not a love story
Marquez's 'LITTOC' is the story of the love that arises between two teenagers, Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza. Over the course of the next half century, their lives follow different paths, and the love that has come into being takes on a life of its own: sometimes growing, sometimes fading, sometimes lying abandoned. As their lives proceed separately, Marquez tells the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure I get it
Having made it an ambition of mine to read the BBC's top 100 books (from 2003) I found myself anticipating Love in the Time of Cholera. I had heard from various sources that it was a really good read, though as one reviewer describes it, a book that the reader has to connect with and feel more than some others mentioned. I do understand why some people think that it is...
Published on 6 April 2009 by H. Margison


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Jan. 2015
One of the most beautiful history of love written in a funny and intelligent way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Dec. 2014
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Had this book recommended, but not yet started, so can't really comment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better, even, 7 Aug. 2014
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Absolutely superb...better, even, than One Hundred Years Of Solitude.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 Sept. 2014
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Great book but not quite as wonderful as it had been made out to be
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Jan. 2015
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One of the all time classics of Latin American writing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 July 2014
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I have not finished reading yet but like it so far
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4.0 out of 5 stars Desmond, 13 Mar. 2009
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Evocative tale set at the end of the 19th Century presumably in Santa Marta. Fine descriptive writing and well-defined characters altho from time to time dwells overly on cul de sacs which do not add much to the overall story. The switch in the PoV is a little confusing at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obsession, 7 Feb. 2010
A wonderful, hugely ambitious novel from one of the world's greatest storytellers, and the story of obsessive love.

What more could one ask for? Really.

I would love to know how it reads in the original, not in translation, but I can only imagine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Jan. 2015
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Present for daughter - she is enjoying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous in more ways than one, 1 Sept. 2009
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If definitions of "fabulous" include "wonderful" and "astounding", as well as the more prosaic "of or like a fable", this coruscating novel must surely qualify. The premise that one man could pursue the love of his life for fifty odd years might fit another definition - "hard to believe" - but Marquez' prose is so seductive that one has no difficulty in suspending disbelief. "Love in the Time of Cholera" is an absolute gem. Considering it to be "about" a man waiting for a woman is like thinking Rothko is "about" rectangles. It is about love refracted through the prism of a half-century - in youth, middle-age and maturity. Our hero, Florentino Ariza, is the besotted everyman of love at every age.

If there is one thing that distinguishes Marquez par excellence it is detail, and there is no shortage of it here. The parrot that the object of Florentino Ariza's love purchases for her husband is not just any old parrot, it is a Paramaribo parrot from a ship from Curacao, a much better specimen than the mangrove parrots that would never speak "even with turpentine suppositories" and "well worth the extravagant price of twelve centavos". The cove where the young Florentino's mother finds him one morning is not just any cove, but "a cove of the bay where drowning victims washed ashore". The myriad episodes along the way are often short stories in their own right: not (pace another reviewer) cul de sacs by any means, but diverting and entertaining little loops. Sometimes, an entire history is contained in a single sentence. I mean, could there be a more exquisite one than this?: "But Angeles Alfaro left as she had come, with her tender sex and her sinner's cello, on an ocean liner that flew the flag of oblivion, and all that remained of her on the moonlit roofs was a fluttered farewell with a white handkerchief like a solitary sad dove on the horizon, as if she were a verse from the Poetic Festival." For that alone I would give this book a whole constellation of stars.
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