Love in Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A tale of love, class, colonialism, and Colombian culture, Love in Time of Cholera is a modern classic and a must-read.
As a young man, Florentino Ariza meets and falls in love with Fermina Daza, the daughter of a wealthy horse dealer. Because of his dim prospects and his family’s lack of social standing, Daza’s father forbids Fermina to see Ariza. Much of the novel chronicles the lives they spend apart from one another, the people they become, and the little negotiations of Self they make along the way.
But when Fermina’s husband dies, it is an elderly Ariza who knocks on her door and tells her that he is still available and still waiting for her, all these years later. And despite her misgivings, Florentino stands firm and devoted.
But what is love, anyway? Is it The Ultimate Delusion, a profound idealism, pure emotion, or just another malady of the mind?
Whatever the case, Marquez reminds the reader that youth is relative, and that adventure lurks just around the corner, if you’re open to it.