Sunday, November 4, 2007

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Florentino and Fermina loved each other as teenagers. However, they had to keep their young romance a secret. But her father found out anyway and took Fermina on a trip for several years. And, lovestruck as only teenagers can be, they kept up a secret correspondance until she came home. Upon her return, Fermina took one look at Florentino and dumped him.

But Florentino continued to love her. Fermina married a rich doctor. Florentino had 622 lovers. That's right. 622-he kept a detailed list. But 51 years, nine months and 4 days later, he is once again declaring his love to her. But being a recent widow, she is not pleased.

The novel tells the story of their lives. First together, then separately, then back again. It's a lovely book about the power of love and the dreams we dare to have.

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