(From the publisher):
“It was inevitable… ” So begins this story set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America—a story that ranges from the late nineteenth century to the early decades of our own, tracing the lives of three people and their entwined fates. And yet, at first nothing seems inevitable, for this is a tale of unrequited love. Fifty years, nine months, and four days’ worth, to be exact. For that is how long Florentino Ariza has waited to declare, once again, his undying love to Fermina Daza, whom he courted and almost won so many years before. He has the bad grace, however, to make his declaration at the funeral of her husband, one of the most illustrious men of his time, a patron of the arts, distinguished professor of medicine, and leader in the fight against the cholera epidemics taht once ravaged the country. Shaken by Florentino’s bold speech, Fermina banishes him from her house.
But that is only the beginning. With the craft, humor, and accumulated wisdom of a master of fiction, Garcia Marquez transports them (and the reader) back to those early days when they first met, courted, and were forced apart. He shows them going their very different ways—Florentino with his poetry, his rise to prominence in business, and (his devotion to Fermina Daza notwithstanding) his constant pursuit of women. And we see Fermina as she is wooed by the most sought-after bachelor of their time, Doctor Juvenal Urbino de la Calle; as they wed; as they experience all the events and emotions—honeymoon, passion, children, small betrayals, separations, dependencies, and adventures—that constitute a long, sturdy marriage. And then, at what might seem the end of their lives, Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza are brought togethr once more, in a meeting whose outcome is as fateful, as suspenseful, as any in literature.
Original title: El amor en los tiempos del cólera
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction