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.

Alice Wonder’s Parisian diaries

How does French people handle bureaucracy?
Is it true that Parisian women are the most stylish?
How Parisian people live their everyday lives?

You can find the aswers to all these question in Alice Wonder’s travelling novels. She is actually a Hungarian writer who uses a stage name for publishing. Her novels start when she was 31-years-old, fell  in love with a man and decided to move to the City of Love, Paris. After 9 years in Paris she and her husband decided to move to another country because of work issues. They chose Italy and a whole new chapter in their life started.

Alice Wonder’s novels:
1. Champs-Él…izé (Champs Élysées)
2. Párizsi napló (Parisian diary)
3. Párizs, c’est la vie! (Paris, c’est la vie!)
4. Ciao Itália! (Ciao, Italy!)
(Unfortunatelly the books only exist so far in Hungarian.)

What did I like about these books?
I really liked the writer’s funny style, the way she writes about how she stayed calm even in challenging situations.
I recommend the books to people who are moving to Paris and want to find out more about expat life. Or just like me have a platonic love for the French capital.

Alice Wonder’s official website

Book vending machines opened in Budapest

I would have never guessed, but the world’s first book vending machine was made already in 1822 in England. Currently they can be found in several places around the world such as Spain, Germany and Sweden.

And finally the magic happened on 11th April, the day of Hungarian poetry, when 7 vending machines became open to business in Budapest. The current places where you can find the machines are:
– Madách Square
– Széll Kálmán Square
– Móricz Zsigmond Circus
– Southern Railway Station
– Eastern Railway Station
– Vígszínház
– Stadiums

Each book costs 990 HUF. The idea came from young actors, Miklós Vecsei and Attila Vidnyánszky who call themselves ‘theatremakers’. The first series of these books consists of 5 Hungarian literary masterpieces:
– The Paul Street Boys from Ferenc Molnár
– Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
– Diary of a Madwoman by Géza Csáth
– Endre Ady’s Night by Gyula Krúdy
– Then I started to yarn by Péter Esterházy

Some internet sources say more machines will be installed in the capital, but they will appear later in other university cities.

I visited 3 of the vending machines on 12th April (so only the day after the opening!), and most of them were almost hollow, which means people like the idea of having their own ‘Poket’ books. I bought the Csáth book at the end and I’m very excited to be able to tell all my followers about this fantastic initiation.

Don’t forget that #readingiscool!

Find out more about the Poket books on:

Elle Hungary shared my picture!

I’m starting Monday with advertising. Not exactly what you are used to from me, right? But I have to.
It all started on Friday, when I was waiting for my train and just finished the book I was reading, so I decided to buy something at the newsagent’s. My favourite magazines has been Elle and Marie Claire for a long time, but this month’s gift made me choose easily. April’s Elle issue comes with a classic novel! How cool is that?! Readers can select from Antal Szerb’s Journey by Moonlight, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne. I was not in the mood for Heathcliff’s sufferings, and I already saw the Hungarian novel’s adaptation in the theatre. So I went with Hawthorne.

Why does it make me happy?
I’m always glad to meet initiations that make people read more, because I think reading is becoming less and less popular with each year passing by. So I’m supporting everything to make reading cool again.

Wishing all of you a great day full of stories! 🙂

This is the one I posted on Instagram today:

And their respost: