Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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 will do so again.
I did not like the writing style of this book at all. I thought it was too rambling and "fruity" at times that did nothing to improve the reading experience for me. I struggled to start the book about 3 times until eventually, I took a deep breath and decided just tot go for it no matter what, bad decision. I ended up wasting about 10 days reading a book that I can truly find nothing enjoyable or fulfilling to say about. I did not like the characters, even the ones that were supposed to be likable, while cringing at the weakness of some of the characters.
This is a book that could only be enjoyed and fully understood by a hopeless romantic, of which, I am not one. I don't possess a romantic bone in my body and perhaps that is why I did not enjoy one word of this book.
At first I assumed I was struggling with the writing because it had been translated from the original Spanish but now I just don't think I liked the style or excessive length of the story. He could have cut it back a lot and made it somewhat enjoyable even to me! I only finished it as it had been mentioned by a Colombian friend of mine that very rarely suggests books, so I persevered just so I could talk about it with her.
Clearly, not a book I am going to be recommending to anyone to read but I will be taking my copy to bookgroup just in case anyone is still intrigued after reading this review. 1 out of 5 stars from me.