Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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24 Critic Reviews

When Marquez finally reveals that the book is a celebration of the triumph of romantic love over all obstacles, including time, it feels simultaneously surprising and logical, like a consummate feat of legerdemain.
-LA Times

Synopsis

Set in an unnamed Caribbean seaport, Garcia Mrquez's extraordinary Love in the Time of Cholera (1988) relates one of literature's most remarkable stories of unrequited love. "This shining and heartbreaking novel," Thomas Pynchon wrote in The New York Times Book Review, is one of those few rare works "that can even return our worn souls to us."

Mary Wesley on Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera:

"This is the funniest, most moving book I have read and re-read. Each reading discovers fresh delights, a true classic. Garcia Marquez is the greatest South American writer who doesn't hesitate to write of the spiritual and mundane in the same paragraph."

 

About Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. After studying law and journalism at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, he became a journalist. In 1965, he left journalism, to devote himself to writing. Acclaimed for both his craft and his imagination, he has been called a master of myth and magical realism (a style of literature that makes use of fantastical, highly improbable, and sometimes supernatural events and characters). In his novels and stories he has created a fictional world out of his memories of the dust, rain, and boredom of life in an isolated Colombian community. His stories depict a world shaped by myth, history, politics, and nature. Garcia Marquez first created Macondo, his fictional town, in his short story collections Leaf Storm (1955) and No One Writes to the Colonel (1961), but it was the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) that brought both Macondo and Garcia Marquez to world attention. One Hundred Years of Solitude traces a century in the town's history, from its founding through its destruction by a cyclone. Skillfully blending the fantastic, the mythical, and the commonplace in a humorous and powerful narrative, Garcia Marquez tells a moving tale of people locked in an isolation, partly of their own making and partly due to U.S. and European cultural and political domination of Latin America. With this work, Garcia Marquez established himself internationally as a major novelist, and his reputation has continued to grow since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.
 
Published October 15, 2014 by Vintage. 357 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Computers & Technology, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 24 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
on Sep 30 2011

Broad and brilliant as it is, though, there's an awful lot about a little here--a candy-box of a novel: more paper slots and creamy centers than something hard to bite down on.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Joanna Clarke-Jones on Aug 19 2011

But perhaps what my jaded adult mind appreciated more was the wry humour in the narrative voices, a sense of the fun Márquez is poking at the pretensions of his characters and their little world.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by CHARLES SOLOMON on Oct 29 1989

When Marquez finally reveals that the book is a celebration of the triumph of romantic love over all obstacles, including time, it feels simultaneously surprising and logical, like a consummate feat of legerdemain.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by ELENA BRUNET on Apr 09 1989

Garcia Marquez's story of a love that flowers only in old age is achingly beautiful, comic and timeless.

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Historical Novel Society

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Reviewed by Ann Oughton on Nov 01 2007

Set in a Caribbean seaport between 1880 and 1930, this is a magnificent story of undying love, a love against all odds, and questions about whether passion can be rekindled in the winter of life.

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Patheos

Below average
Reviewed by Alexis Neal on Nov 25 2013

The writing is vivid and evocative...I was never bored or irritated with the book. I was, however, rather disgusted. Not by the writing—that was consistently excellent—but by the characters.

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London Review of Books

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Reviewed by Mona Simpson on Sep 01 1988

This is not a story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets her back. Garcia Marquez, as ever, remains stubbornly committed to the voice of the community...

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Book Buzz

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Reviewed by Teresa Cook on Apr 08 2010

The first chapter of this book doesn’t seem connected to the rest of the story, so it’s not easy to get started. But when Marquez describes a marital spat over whether there was soap in the bathroom, the characters’ reactions and arguments ring so true.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Eisha Sarkar on Dec 18 2009

Love In The Time Of cholera, unlike Marquez's other novels including One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Autumn of the Patriarch maintains a folktale quality, with a feel of everyday gossip. The story moves back and forth in time.

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Shelf Love

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Reviewed by Jenny on Jan 29 2011

My one wish, reading this book, was that I could have read it in Spanish. I thought Edith Grossman’s translation was wonderful — the prose was beautiful, and I was completely engaged — but whenever I’m reading something I really love in a language I don’t know, I feel like someone wearing latex gloves.

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Shelf Love

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Reviewed by Teresa on Jul 25 2009

One of the best things about this book is Márquez’s narrative voice, wonderfully translated by Edith Grossman. A story like this one could easily degenerate into soppy sentimentality, but Márquez tells the tale with such a wonderfully wry, detached tone that there’s no sense of melodramatic excess.

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Musings of a Literary Dilettante's Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by musingsofaliterarydilettante on Sep 28 2011

Love in the Time of Cholera is right up there with One Hundred Years of Solitude. There is so much to like about it, from the deliciously magical images, to the mirth, the darkness, the poetic themes, the many faces of love, and the sublime ending. I’m an idealist, so the notion that love can win over time is for me a comforting thought.

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The Independent Review

Below average
Reviewed by Kelsey on May 18 2012

Also, the chapter lengths were ridiculous! They were at least 50 pages each which, by the way, made me feel like I was fighting a war I was never going to win because it would never end...this is the world’s worst unrequited love story! Florentino was in desperate need of a patented Greg Behrendt “[s]he’s just not that into you” pep-talk.

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Book Coasters

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Reviewed by CNEKRASOV on Feb 14 2014

As a lover of poetry this book struck a chord. While I appreciate precise and lean prose, I also enjoy writing that is thick with symbology, imagery and visual motifs – this book has so many of these; water, flowers and birds, which give his writing style such original flair and a sense of the exotic.

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Literary Musings

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Reviewed by B on Mar 15 2012

As I mentioned earlier, this novel takes patience. Near the last third of the novel I found myself craving a resolution, some kind of end to this story of unrequited love. It seemed to go on and on and on. Then I realized maybe this is the beauty of the novel.

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Literary Inklings

Good
Reviewed by Casee Marie on Mar 28 2014

Perhaps the most riveting element of Love in the Time of Cholera is García Márquez’s prose, which will captivate the attention of readers new to his craft.

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The New Canon

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Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Mar 25 2015

In short, Gabriel García Márquez has given us the great anti-love story of our time. Instead of the so-called “magical realism,” for which this author is well known, he offers us a different type of realism, more sobering and freed from the typical clichés of romances.

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A Book a Day Till I Can Stay Blog

Excellent
on Feb 05 2011

This book remains passionately defiant and wickedly seductive till the last page. Delirious, amoral and bewitching.

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BooksAreTheNewBlack

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Reviewed by Natalie Ramm on Aug 18 2011

The characters are by no means pure or idealized by the narrator, but their flaws make them more real and you can’t help but sympathize with them both. Marquez shows love in a beautiful light, but its shadow is dark and dangerous.

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A Novel Approach

Below average
on Jun 14 2011

Despite the name, cholera is only ever a spectre here. And it is kind of safe. I don’t know if that’s just ’cause I’m reading it 25 years after the fact, but it doesn’t feel revolutionary or genre-bendingly.

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More 2 Read

Above average
on Mar 26 2015

Lush, sensual and poetic in its prose, Marquez spins a vivid tale about a man’s love for a woman that waits fifty years to come to fruition. Beneath the imagery and romance, however, lies Marquez’s sharp observations on the nature of relationships...

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Booksessed

Below average
Reviewed by Jenn on Mar 15 2011

The feminist part of me is so pissed off about this one. I'm a hopeless romantic. I love when two people cross distance and time and end up together in the end. But an oversexed old man who treats women like they are expendable objects doesn't make my heat go all a-flutter, (my stomach kind of was, but that's another issue entirely).

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Read With Style

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Reviewed by Lora on Feb 15 2011

Love in the Time of Cholera takes second place in my most favorite love stories of all times. I will reread this book over and over again just to touch one more time the magic of love that conquers time and age.

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on Apr 08 2007

...I’ll just say that anyone with an interest in love should read this book. And, after all, doesn’t that describe everyone?

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