bookshelves: nobel-laureate, tbr-busting-2014, colombia, summer-2014, published-1985, translation
Read from June 30 to July 02, 2014
Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman, 1988
Read by Armando Durán. 15:41hrs
Description: From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people’s lives together for more than half a century.
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 devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs – yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.
With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises – joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.
Love hurts if it is the real thing, ask any pining teenage girl and she’s tell you as much. Márquez tells us there is no difference between unrequited love and cholera symptoms; he does so beautifully and amusingly.
However, the little vignettes that make up the whole show us that love, over time, is not all it is cracked up to be: under the surface there is passive anger, and is that just a soupçon of sniping sarcasm I spy?
As with the others I have encountered by this author, the literary device of fore-shadowing (carrots) is used fully and often; right here is what keeps him from being a 5* writer for me. Other than this aspect I loved the ride and now seek the film. Highly recommended; four french speaking parrots.
4* One Hundred Years of Solitude
4* Love In The Time Of Cholera
4* Chronicle of a Death Foretold
TR The General in His Labyrinth
3* The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World