When it comes to book love stories, I could say that I am a little “picky,” meaning that I do like dramas and unexpected “fairytales,” to the detriment of those cheesy, mawkish, boring love stories. I am a big fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I wasn’t disappointed by this book either.
“Love in Time of Cholera” was exactly that kind of romantic lecture that surprised me
In the very beginning of the book, you might say that Garcia is talking about the same old love story: Florentina and Fermino fall immediately in love with each other, after lots of love letters and shy confessions. But Florentina’s father doesn’t agree with their relationship, as Fermino was very poor. So he obligates his daughter to marry doctor Juvenal, a young, respectable man.
All this time, Fermino doesn’t give up and promises himself and Florentina to wait for her until she is a free woman again.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez strews the wait of Fermino with physical delights, Fermino himself being proud of the many women he had in half a century (622).
3 characters, 3 different personalities who annoyed some readers
Florentina might seem too cold, platonic, maybe unfriendly and misunderstood. On the other side, you may consider Fermino crazy for following, stalking and waiting for Florentina tens of years, until her husband will die.
But you would appreciate doctor Juvenal, who is a respectful person, loving Florentina and also fighting against cholera, in a period of time when this was a deathful disease.
All in all, I consider “Love in Time of Cholera” a reference book, a romance about critical moments in history and also about a genuine love story.
“Love in the time of Cholera” was screened in 2007, by the director Mike Newell.