El amor en los tiempos del cólera

El amor en los tiempos del cólera❰Reading❯ ➷ El amor en los tiempos del cólera Author Gabriel García Márquez – Heartforum.co.uk 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 heartbroken but he is a romantic As he rise In their youth en los Epub Û Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy well born doctor Florentino is heartbroken but he is a romantic As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina Her husband dies at last and El amor PDF/EPUB or Florentino purposefully attends the funeral Fifty years nine months and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina he will do so again.

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  • El amor en los tiempos del cólera
  • Gabriel García Márquez
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  • 09 February 2016
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10 thoughts on “El amor en los tiempos del cólera

  1. Madeline says:

    LET ME EXPLAIN GUYSOkay I like Maruez I think his writing is beautiful his settings are evocative and masterfully portrayed and yes his books are pretty romantic and I always enjoy magical realism this one could have used of that last bit though The last twenty pages of the book even manged to suck me into the romance of the story and I found myself finally really invested in this love story instead of being vaguely creeped out we'll get there Look I even found a really nice passage to uoteIt was as if they had leapt over the arduous calvary of conjugal life and gone straight to the heart of love They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life beyond the pitfalls of passion beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion beyond love For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love anytime and anyplace but it was solid the closer it came to deathSee? That's fucking beautiful and even if I didn't like the story itself I still liked the writing So call off the dogs Maruez apologists and let's get to the ranting portion of the review Fair warning to all who proceed past this point I am preparing to don my Feminist Rage hat and shout about rape culture Those who plan to leave mean comments calling me an idiot or telling me that I misunderstood the book remember that you were warned BEWARE FOR HERE BE DRAGONS AND ANGRY FEMINISTS Here's something I learned about myself while reading this I have absolutely no patience for books about obsession disguised as love I hated it in Twilight I hated it in Wuthering Heights I hated it in The Phantom of the Opera and I hated it here It would be one thing I decided if Fermina Daza felt as passionately about Florentino Ariza as he felt about her But she didn't love him For her their romance was a brief fling in her teens and she stopped loving him when she returned from her trip She continued not loving him until he wears her down after writing her letters constantly despite her explicitly telling him to fuck off out of her life and she basically shrugs her shoulders and says fine might as well The lesson men can take from this book is that if a woman says no as Fermina freuently and clearly says to Florentino she really means make me change my mind NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE THIS PHILOSOPHY IS NOT OKAY AND IT IS WHY RAPE CULTURE EXISTS NO MEANS FUCKING NO EVERYBODY IF A WOMAN TELLS YOU TO LEAVE HER ALONE YOU LEAVE HER THE FUCK ALONE IT IS NOT ROMANTIC TO OBSESS ABOUT HER FOR FIFTY YEARS IT IS CREEPYAnd OF COURSE Florentino still fucks anything that moves while claiming to be in love with Fermina because he is a man and that's just how it works Which leads me to my next ranting point this book romanticizes rape you can still get out guys it's only going to get worse from hereFirst there was the intensely unsettling way Florentino loses his virginity while traveling on a ship a woman drags him into her cabin and forces him to have sex with her Then Florentino falls in love with her Because of course he does I was willing to chalk this scene up to the common misconception that men cannot be sexually assaulted because men are horny dogs who are always up for sex no matter what fine whatever I'll let it go But then later a minor female character describes the time she got raped and I'm going to let you guys read this while I do yoga breaths in the corner and count to ten slowlyWhen she was still very young a strong able man whose face she never saw took her by surprise threw her down on the jetty ripped her clothes off and made instantaneous and frenetic love to her Lying there on the rocks her body covered with cuts and bruises she had wanted that man to stay forever so she could die of love in his armsOnce with feeling NOPEAND THEN as the creepy pedophilic cherry on top of this rape sundae Florentino's last affair is with a child When he is in his sixties The best part is that he doesn't even use the classic pedophile's defense of yes she's young but she ACTS like a grown woman No Florentino sees that this child is going to be smoking hot when she grows up and decides that he can't wait that long Then this passage happensShe was still a child in every sense of the word with braces on her teeth and the scrapes of elementary school on her knees but he saw right away the kind of woman she was soon going to be and he cultivated her during a slow year of Saturdays at the circus Sundays in the park with ice cream childish late afternoons and he won her confidence he won her affection he led her by the hand with the gentle astuteness of a kind grandfather toward his secret slaughterhouse The hero of Love in the Time of Cholera ladies and gentlemen Let's give him a round of applauseIf anyone wants to join me in the corner I will be staying here for the rest of the week

  2. Jaidee says:

    5 masculine organic decaying stars 8th Favorite Read of 2016 Do not make the mistake that this book is about love This book is about much common vices Vices that masuerade for loveJealousy obsession desire pity and vengeancePerpetually selfish penises promising but only perjuring voluminous misunderstood vaginasMen using women that use menThe demise of the body civilization disease poverty stolen riches subservience slaverySexual abuse in the guise of parental guidance Smothering overindulgent mothers psychologically killing sons and maiming daughtersBeauty and comfort for the very few Shades of skin as important as class and wealthNarcissism poetry and empty years of mindless despairRot sickeningly sweet perfumes theft and unknown historyOh no do not misunderstand this book is not about love Anything but

  3. Samantha Newman says:

    I previously read One Hundred Years of Solitude and I liked it a lot and I was intruiged by the title Love in the Time of Cholera so I thought I'd read itWithin the first few pages I had the inkling I didn't like it but sometimes it takes books a little while to get warmed up Plus I don't like starting a book and not finishing it because I know I'll never go back to a book I stopped reading because I didn't like it and if I stop reading it I'll never know if I would have liked the rest of it So I forged ahead and completed the whole bookFirst off the magical realism that made 100 yrs of Solitude so gripping was not as prevalent in Cholera I actually only saw it a few times in the entire novel unless it was so well done that it was just perfectly woven into the book and I didn't notice I doubt that thoughbut this was easy to get over; I mean it's a different book so it was bound to be well different from 100Solitude But I guess my conservative religious side was riled up by the rest of the book It portrays everyone as being incredibly sex oriented Men women everyone And not morally so if you know what I mean Everyone sleeps around while married and while unmarried And the tone of the book seemed to be saying that that's expected uite frankly like the sex a person has most of the time with the people the normal and in some ways the gifted they are I'm generalizing uite a bit not getting into the specifics of the story and my reactions to them howeverNow this book is on Oprah's book club list and she said it's the greatest love story she's ever heard Alrightif a good love story euals someone waiting for their true love where waiting means having sex with everything that moves And now they're making a movie The tag says Florentino rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart ?? I guess I can see how you can read the book that way I guess I just don't prefer books where carnal affairs are the center And I didn't read it that way It didn't seem to me that the carnal affairs were a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart They seemed like he just wanted to have sex in the meantime SOMEWHAT SPOILER ALERT BUT NOT REALLYyou cannot declare yourself a virgin just bc you didn't love the hundreds of people you had sex with before your one true loveWhat bothered me I think was that in the end I couldn't tell if the novel was condoning a life of promiscuity as long as it leads to one true love or if it was condemning its character's behavior in some ways I tend to lean towards thinking it wasn't really condemning it though I probably missed something I'm sure Because not being sure what a book was saying is not usually the book's faultIn some ways it should have been titled Sex in the Time of Cholera because the term love was used instead of sex almost constantly and obviously those are two very different things

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    236 El Amor en Los Tiempos del Cólera Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García MáruezLove in the Time of Cholera is a novel by Nobel prize winner Colombian author Gabriel García Máruez first published in Spanish in 1985 The main characters of the novel are Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza Florentino and Fermina fall in love in their youth A secret relationship blossoms between the two with the help of Fermina's Aunt Escolástica They exchange several love letters However once Fermina's father Lorenzo Daza finds out about the two he forces his daughter to stop seeing Florentino immediately When she refuses he and his daughter move in with his deceased wife's family in another city Regardless of the distance Fermina and Florentino continue to communicate via telegraph However upon her return Fermina realizes that her relationship with Florentino was nothing but a dream since they are practically strangers; she breaks off her engagement to Florentino and returns all his letters A young and accomplished national hero Dr Juvenal Urbino meets Fermina and begins to court her Despite her initial dislike of Urbino Fermina gives in to her father's persuasion and the security and wealth Urbino offers and they wed Urbino is a medical doctor devoted to science modernity and order and progress He is committed to the eradication of cholera and to the promotion of public works He is a rational man whose life is organized precisely and who greatly values his importance and reputation in society He is a herald of progress and modernization Even after Fermina's engagement and marriage Florentino swore to stay faithful and wait for her However his promiscuity gets the better of him Even with all the women he is with he makes sure that Fermina will never find out Meanwhile Fermina and Urbino grow old together going through happy years and unhappy ones and experiencing all the reality of marriage At an elderly age Urbino attempts to get his pet parrot out of his mango tree only to fall off the ladder he was standing on and die After the funeral Florentino proclaims his love for Fermina once again and tells her he has stayed faithful to her all these years Hesitant at first because of the advances he made to a newly made widow Fermina eventually gives him a second chance They attempt a life together having lived two lives separately for over five decades Urbino's function in the novel is to contrast with Florentino Ariza and his archaic and boldly romantic love Urbino proves in the end not to have been an entirely faithful husband confessing one affair to Fermina many years into their marriage Though the novel seems to suggest that Urbino's love for Fermina was never as spiritually chaste as Florentino Ariza's was it also complicates Florentino's devotion by cataloging his many trysts as well as a few potentially genuine loves By the end of the book Fermina comes to recognize Florentino's wisdom and maturity and their love is allowed to blossom during their old ageعنوانها «عشق در زمان وبا»؛ «عشق سالهای وبا»؛ «عشق در سال‌های وبا»؛ نویسنده گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه دسامبر سال 1995میلادیعنوان عشق سالهای وبا؛ مترجم مهناز سیف طلوعی؛ مدبر، 1369، در 508ص؛ تهران، نشر نیک، 1373، در 512ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان کلمبیائی سده 20معنوان عشق در سالهای وبا؛ مترجم اسماعیل قهرمانی؛ تهران، روزگار، 1383، در 525ص؛ چاپ پنجم زمستان 1388؛عنوان عشق در زمان وبا؛ نویسنده گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ مترجم بهمن فرزانه؛ تهران، ققنوس، 1385، در 542ص؛ عنوان عشق سالهای وبا؛ مترجم کیومرث پارسای؛ تهران، آریابان، 1385، در 520ص؛ چاپ سیزدهم اردیبهشت 1393، در 520ص؛کتاب عشق سالهای وبا، در باره ی یک عشق قدیمی، بین یک دختر و پسر، و زنده شدن دوباره ی عشق بین آنها در زمان پیری، و پس از درگذشت شوهر دختر است؛ در این داستان زیبا و عاشقانه، روحیات شخصیتها بخوبی تصویر شده است؛نقل از کتاب عقل زمانی به سراغ انسان میآید که دیگر کاری از پیش نمیبرد؛ پایان نقلمقدمه مترجم عشق سرخ است؛ سرخ سرخ، به رنگ خون، با همان صلابت، که از عقیق زخم سینه، به بیرون میتراود، و شقايق و لاله، بر گستره ی زمين، میپرورد؛ عشق آبی نيست؛ اگر اندوهی دارد، میرا و فانی، و شادیهایش اما، جاودانی ست؛ هرگز نمیمیرد، جان میبخشد، و گاهی نيز، جان میستاند؛ ولی هميشه، زنده است؛ تنها در صورتی در لحظه ی مرگ افسوس خواهم خورد، که مرگم به خاطر عشق نباشد؛ هرچه در مورد یک عشق اتفاق بیفتد، بر همه عشقها در سراسر جهان اثر خواهد گذاشت؛ پایان نقل از مقدمه؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 25051399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Jim Fonseca says:

    Can unreuited love last a lifetime? That’s the premise of this book A 76 year old man pines for a woman all his life Now her husband has died Does he still have a chance? Actually they were in love as teenagers but they mostly exchanged secret notes She was guarded by her nanny and when her father discovered the relationship he took his daughter away for three years It worked When they returned the young girl no longer loved the boy and she married a man who became a prominent and wealthy doctor The doctor’s claim to fame was cleaning up the Colombian city of the open sewers that led to the disease In 1900 we’re told the man is 40 so you can figure out the time frame He has an uncle who runs the local steamboat river shipping company He starts out sweeping the docks becomes a clerk and over the years eventually rises to manager As he does so he attends various cultural events in the city and occasionally sees his beloved She and her husband are the most socially prominent people in the city Sometimes he gets a smile or a nod from her; sometimes not Meanwhile he visits prostitutes and has long standing affairs with several women Some aren’t sexual He even has an affair with his 14 year old niece ending in tragedyThe story alternates between his story and hers The constant civil wars of Colombia are a background to the story Finally her husband dies and having not talked with her for 51 years he makes his move There is excellent writing as we would expect Some passages I liked“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good and thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past” At one point the woman learns her husband has been unfaithful and he admits it and weeps She is disappointed because he did not do what she had hoped he would do “deny everything and swear on his life it was not true and grow indignant at the false accusationeven when confronted with crushing proofs of his disloyalty” “She was a ghost in a strange house that overnight had become immense and solitary and through which she wandered without purpose asking herself in anguish which of them was deader the man who had died or the woman he had left behind” “Always remember that the most important thing in a marriage is not happiness but stability” “ ’No I’m not rich’ he said ‘I am a poor man with money which is not the same thing’ ” An excellent book I had read this years ago and I should have re read it sooner A classic from the master of Latin American literature that I will add to my favorites Photos from top A street in Cartagena from cartagenaexplorercom Steam ships on the Magdalena river around 1873 from mediaistockphotocomillustrationsThe author from okdiariocom

  6. MsAprilVincent says:

    I don't like this bookI don't like the characters This was going to be a list but then I realized that this is the only reason I haveFlorentino Ariza is a baby Seriously his mom gives him whatever he wants and she tries to make everything all right for him and he is very very if he lived today he would be one of those emo kids with the dyed black hair and the eye liner and the journals full of bad poetry he does write bad poetry in the book all Nobody gets me and just a grating time sucking high maintenance type He rationalizes his behavior in whatever way he can so he never feels that he is doing anything wrongI grew impatient with him fairly uickly; I wanted to wring him by his neck and yell GET OVER IT I have no tolerance for that kind of behaviorSometime during the Seduction of the 600 it says that Florentino Ariza thought that when a woman said no she really meant something else that's a paraphrase This is another thing I have no tolerance for So when he persisted in his attentions to Fermina Daza even after she'd made her own feelings uite clear TWICE and she came around to his way of thinking it justified his behavior I don't think he should be rewarded for that I think he should be kicked to the curbFermina Daza was almost likable; I was almost there with her but then I realized that there wasn't anything really likable about her She was efficient and organized she was well behaved and she was boring Why did men love her? What did she have to offer? I DON'T KNOWI did like Juvenal Urbino Of course he dies in the first chapterIt seemed to me that the book dragged on FOREVER; I kept looking ahead to the end of a chapter and sighing Forty two pages The chapters are long Even though two weeks doesn't seem like a long time it's a long time for ME to be reading a book particularly one that isn't a thousand pages long and written in Elizabethan EnglishI didn't think this was any kind of love story Like Wuthering Heights it's a love gone wrong story or an obsession story; none of the characters really displayed any of the traits that I would associate with love one which the chief one I would say is selflessness None of them were willing to put anyone else above themselves and maybe that's why I didn't particularly care for them or for this bookI've written a in depth review here

  7. Charlotte May says:

    DNF at page 218 This is tough for me to admit I hate not finishing books but I cannot carry on with this any longer when I am not enjoying it and I have so many other books I could be reading instead The writing is tedious Focused on a man rejected when he was young and his infatuation with this woman for years afterwards He sleeps with numerous other women as we are shown in detail His first love marries another but he still cannot move on His obsession borders on the creepy he never really knew her that well in the beginning anyway let alone to call it true love I’m fed up so I’m giving up No rating

  8. Matthew says:

    This was not the book for me I know a lot of people give it praise and it is considered a classic but I never got into itIt rambled it was repetitive I got boredWhat was supposed to be a story about love seemed to be about twisted obsession and I never found it endearing None of the characters were all that great and I pretty much found myself feeling sorry for everyoneI was thankful when I was done

  9. Riku Sayuj says:

    This review is now also available at The Bombay Literary Magazine TBLM The Infinite Capacity for Illusion The words I am about to expressThey now have their own crowned goddess THE INFINITE CAPACITY FOR ILLUSION Whither The Magic? One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my favorite novels Which is why when I started reading Love in the Time of Cholera one of the things I noticed immediately was the lack of the subtle brand of magic that I had so enjoyed I missed it and was on the lookout for it I wanted it badly and went around every corner with the expectation of a cheerful reunion But it was not to beAs Pynchon says the “reality” of love and the possibility of its ultimate extinction become Love’s “indispensable driving forces” whereas magic in all its guises and forms becomes peripheralized or “at least thoughtfully deployed in the service of an expanded vision matured darker than before but no less clement” Why this marginalization of the extraordinary? Why this deliberate move towards realism? Why no Magic?I kept asking myself this as I read and beyond Was I to understand that it is because Love in itself is Magic? That was too cheesy even for Máruez who never shies from telling me a cheesy sub story if it needs to be toldOr is it because Love in the Time of Cholera is to seen as the product of a experienced author who no longer needs the resources of magic realism and hyperbole to surprise the reader?One thing was sure Love in the Time of Cholera is not only about Love even when it pervades every page Indeed it covers through its characters’ wide amorous and business interests an entire era and all the social classes spanning over fifty years of Latin American life from the last decades of the nineteenth century to the first two or three of the twentieth Love in the Time of Cholera while on a much smaller scale than One Hundred Years of Solitude deals with the Colombian civil wars of this period and the violence left in its wake Máruez however wants these historical and political concerns to be passed largely unnoticed by the reader While One Hundred Years of Solitude disguises the political themes through the uses of myth fantasy hyperbole and magic realism Love in the Time of Cholera disguises them through its depiction of an eternal sometimes exasperating almost unrealistic love affair one which flouts the conventions of every love story the reader might have come across Love in the Time of Cholera is often uite bleak due to this veering towards stark Realism to this occasional historical invasion of the narrative Much of this realism arises from Death and Decay the central themes of the novel However Máruez does not completely give up on Idealism either In fact he is neither an Idealistic or a Realistic author he is just a supremely elouent voice speaking from the vantage point of his own old age and wisdomTo me Love in the Time of Cholera is a magnificently gloomy novel though Máruez’s masterful sorcery masks it well with his verbal cascades of descriptions and his narrative’s seductivenessMáruez’s novels are almost invariably gloomy They are apocalyptic They are decadence distilled Then why the popularity? Why do we love them? Why are we uplifted? Is it because of Máruez’s enthusiastic exuberance? I think it is because of the uixotic Heroism of the people who populate these doomed worldsIt is this heroism that veils the Apocalyptic forebodings that pack so densely like storm clouds throughout the firmament his novelsAfter all Consider how during the entire time he waits to talk to Fermina again fifty one years nine months and four days Florentine Ariza is dauntless and never ever gives up even the slightest sliver of hope Nothing could shake this man “And how long do you think we can keep up this goddamn coming and going?” he askedFlorentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty three years seven months and eleven days and nights“Forever” he said The Heart of Darkness Death Decay There is so much I would like to say about this amazing novel There are so many themes that could be explored But in this review I will try to focus on the Beginning and the Ending of this intricately structured novel and try to tease out the the thread that explains the absence of Magic The whole novel is too broad a canvas to be explored in a review For this I limit myself to the broad themes of Death Decay Redemption and allow the political ecological societal and personal aspects of these themes to play themselves out below the current so to speakThe Institutions of Love Inventing Love He was aware that he did not love her He had married her because he liked her haughtiness her seriousness her strength and also because of some vanity on his part but as she kissed him for the first time he was sure there would be no obstacle to their inventing true love They did not speak of it that first night when they spoke of everything until dawn nor would they ever speak of it But in the long run neither of them had made a mistake The theme of Juvenal’s love story is about the incompatibility of love and social convention the conflict between desire and social life It is uite easily the crucial conundrum the novel wants to solve the 'other' to the novel's essence Security order happiness can these when added together in the right proportions provide an euation for Love? For the sort of Love that can stop the decay that seems to have beset the entire world? Apparently not It is not enoughThrough Juvenal’s invented Love Máruez is not simply criticizing the institution of marriage instead he is criticizing the very illusion that allows this the illusion that the world and the worldly goods and pleasures can produce Love Instead Máruez wants to show that it is Love that can create or recreate the worldUltimately Love is love of Love itself not merely the desire for its actual attainment or even the act of its fulfillment Passion is its own objectPitted against such an impossible ideal all convention or institutionalization obstructs love’s ultimate goal which is to forestall death and decayThe ultimate goal of Love is to save the world to create it anewGerontophobia Ecocide Destroying LoveSo why is this world so much in need of saving?The cosmic decline in Love seems to be the cause for alarm the cause for the pervasive decay that invades the world of the novelEverything in this novel from the environment to the city to the rebels to the civil wars to the people to the pets are ancient as if they were part of this earth from the very beginning but everybody is in the throes of love And everything ancient is also decaying sliding slowly towards the final end of death so is the sadness and the conventional love represented by JuvenalBut it is not just about the human lives Máruez writes as much about places as about people This one is also about the death of a river of a town of a society or murder rather Of Nature’s Old Age inflicted prematurely by youthful humanityThis is the ecological sub theme of the novel It is the river finally the Great Magdalena in Spanish the “ river of life” that highlights this for us The abundant nature that surrounds the town is caught in a process of irreversible decay Alligators manatees monkeys and birds disappear from the jungle; toward the end the riverboats have difficulty finding enough wood for their boilers While the political urgency of this topic is clear cosmic decline in Love in the Time of Cholera has a different meaning and is linked to the theme of the interruption of love discussed beforeParalleling the old age of his characters with the decay envisioned by this ecological wasteland of their own making Máruez is pointing out to us the true nature of Decay of Humans and their self inflicted sufferings bringing the decay of old age upon themselves and upon the whole of natureThis is the central tenet of the novel Love in the Time of DecayHowever there is And Máruez is not afraid to set this counter theme out in the very opening scene itself The Sweet Smell of Bitter Almonds Counter to the dark theme of decay that is to be developed for most of the rest of the plot early in the novel an act of brave revolt against this inevitability establishes the counter current against the steady march of decay Jérémiah de Saint Amour soon forgotten and never again mentioned takes this revolutionary step again drawing our attention the continuous revolution in which the political life of the novel is set by choosing to die before decay sets in This act initiates the long debate that runs throughout the novel about Love and its objective are we to preserve Love at the expense of Life or to preserve Life through Love? By raising this uestion so early by calculating his suicide long beforehand by choosing to end the world than to let it go to rot to see it rot Saint Amour stays alive through the rest of the novel haunting it Being a witness to the decay of love was the most unbearable to Saint Amour the Saint of Love?What we see dramatized at the end of the book however is the possibility of genuine passion and romance in old age There is a clear contrast between Saint Amour’s suicide and the protracted love life of Florentino Ariza but it is a contrast that conceals a profound affinity Saint Amour kills himself to preserve his body from decay to fix its image as it were through deathLove and decay then constitute the double focus of this novel the former being present in countless ways throughout Love in The Time of Cholera The Post Apocalyptic Paradise his mother was terrified because his condition did not resemble the turmoil of love so much as the devastation of cholera Every page of this novel is rammed full of love beyond the capacity of any reader to fully comprehend Love is in the air like Malaria; and in the water like Cholera its infections are inescapableAll aspects of love are covered in exuisite detail from teenage love to old age; from sexual to rapine to platonic; from formal courtship to marital to unconsummated; to unreuited love to the excesses of suicide and adultery; from the mundane normalcy of love to the incestuous abnormalitiesThe reader has to consider carefully in the midst of this overwhelming abundance and variety the treatment that Máruez gives to love in this novel Love in the novel is not the purely romantic love carefree easy flowing spontaneous and idealizedInstead the novel’s great affirmation of romance is in the face not just of a hostile or prosaic world but of the darker side of romance itselfIt is Operatic uixotic Dionysian Love that is celebrated It is Love as the Second Coming Sailing The River of Love The Voyage of Re Birth Youth Love Old Age Death The Four Unknowns This should have been the order of LifeHowever in this world of Máruez the only ages that can hope to be able lovelive seem to the Young and the Old In between lies the desert the only time we are allowed to live when not capable of love It is a paradox on which the very survival of this fictional universe seems to depend onLove and Life cannot coexist then The solution is to give up the life they know for Love To take the ultimate leap of faithSo hoist a yellow flag on the Ship of your Life Second Fidelity and sail on the Great Magdalena in Spanish the “ river of life” in a State of Emergency Let Love in the Time of Cholera be the entirety of the River of Life Love should now destroy that earlier Life instead just as Cholera can sueeze it out And then be reborn afreshThe novel ends with the central characters challenging their entire social world and the very conditions of their existence by their grand romantic gesture by their final and what seems like eternal trip on the Magdalena river This is the necessary reaction to the decay that is fast on the route to complete extinction to death Love and Cholera will both go extinct otherwise rooted out by Life Love is shown as the redeeming force that saves both humanity nature culture and history It appears as a divine force that defies everything As if in biblical terms the novel seems to assert that it is not yet too late to stop the end of humanity and to reach out for grace and happinessMost importantly never allow the Yellow Flag to be uestioned Sustain the ardor Maintain the symptoms of CholeraLove The pestilence is to be maintained at all costs Only then will the world let you sail onOf course the novel ends with the reader wondering if Fermina and Florentino will ever be able to come ashore and exercise their second chanceWe are left to uestion this act for ourselves How do we save the world? By Escape into an Unrealistic Fantasy? Or is love real? The answer at least inside Máruez’s world is uite clearThis final triumph is exuisitely multi layered Fermina and Florentino will remain isolated from the real contagion of their earlier Life by allowing their Love to be disguised as Cholera They are not rejecting the world they are allowing the world to reject them insteadThe uarantine is really against love the sickness that society will not can not tolerate the sickness that society fear as much as a deadly epidemic the sickness that the society fears will wipe it outInstead it is that very sickness which is recognized by conventional society as its biggest scourge that saves the characters from extinction along with the manatees the alligators and the monkeysIt is Love that saves all in the end at least we are left to imagine that possibility Now in this Post Apocalyptic Paradise age is of no conseuence; Life has been transmuted and preserved by Love like Saint Amour’s Love by deathLife has been reborn in the Second Coming of LoveLove in short will always be in the time of cholera under the Yellow Flag’s protection THE INFINITE CAPACITY FOR ILLUSION The Will to Lyricism So now we can come back to the uestion we started with of the Absence of MagicIn One Hundred Years of Solitude the apocalypse came in spite of Magic in Love in the Time of Cholera redemption comes despite its absenceUnlike the death that starts off One Hundred Years of Solitude here that death the suicide is ultimately sublimated into love and decay is arrested in its unreality In fact reality has instead been reinvented in their own terms where previous reality was rejected outrightThe capacity for illusion is magic enough to save the world and our souls This Infinite Capacity for Illusion can bring on the reuired apocalypse and we can live as if the Kingdom of HeavenCholera was already here on earth under that banner of protectionOnly then can the Magic return

  10. Siobhan says:

    I learned that I will never be a great writer because sometimes there are people like Maruez who manage to write such an amazing piece of art without making it ponderous pretentious or difficult It's not really about the plot is it? A guy is in love with a girl and waits for her for 50 odd years while conducting his own affairs Here's the thing though The way the story is told is segue free almost conversational but with such sumptuous detail and description that it can only be explained as an absolute justification specifically for the written word No other format for this story would be good enough It made me crave to read it in the original Spanish though There were paragraphs that I knew did not carry the same weight in English and this translation is really beautiful that it would have in Spanish Amazing book Really Please read it

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