Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera

‘He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.’ /Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera/

Who is Gabriel Garcia Marquez?
The Kolumbian writer was born in 1927 and spent most of his life in Mexico untill his death in 2014. He worked as a war correspondent in Europe and America. He recieved a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 for ‘his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts’. His most famous novel is One Hundred Years of Solitude. Love in the Time of Cholera was published in 1985.

What is Love in the Time of Cholera about?
The novel is about the very unusual love story of Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza. They meet as teenagers and fall in love with each other immediately. They exchange letters and promise each other to get married. Fermina’s father wants to snud the marriage plans and makes her go away to relatives for two years. But this doesn’t stop them from writing to each other. When they meet again after moving back home, Fermina realisis that their relationship was only a fantasy. She marries a well-known young doctor, Juvenal Urbino. They meet several times during their life but when Fermina’s husband dies, 50 years later, Florentino proposes again to Fermina.

Why did I like this book?
There are certain people who see us through our lives no matter what. This book taught me a lot about true love and how one single experience can change our lives. It made me think about aging’s affects not only on our body but on our soul and about human nature.

Movie adaptation
The main characters are played by Javier Bardem and Giovanna Mezzogiorno and the doctor came to life by Benjamin Bratt. The movie debuted in 2007. Marquez asked (also Kolumbian born) performer, Shakira to write two sings for the movie and one of them, Despedida recieved a Golden Globe nomination. The movie didn’t get good critics and has never become very popular.

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