Thursday, December 19, 2013

review: love in the time of cholera by gabriel garcía márquez

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera follows the lives of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, who once fell in love, but went separate ways. After nearly sixty years, they are able to be reunited when Fermina’s husband dies.

Love in the Time of Cholera was a long time to spend with characters I didn’t particularly like. There were some enjoyable moments such as when Florentino writes love letters for both the male and the female in the relationship. The bit with the bird delivering messages was also amusing. But overall, I just couldn’t take Florentino’s womanizing (622 affairs, seriously?) and apparent pedophilia (I cannot excuse his escapades with a girl in his guardianship as being “of the time”). His “love affairs” became quite monotonous was the novel wore on.

About the audiobook: Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera is narrated by Armando Durán, who unfortunately reads with little emotion. It always felt like Durán was telling a relatively mundane story rather than painting a dramatic picture of the scenes. Love in the Time of Cholera runs nearly 16 hours and was published by Blackstone Audio in 2013.
Review copy provided by Audiobook Jukebox.

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