Marquez G. Love in the time of cholera

There are novels, like journeys, which you never want to end: this is one of them. One seventh of July at six in the afternoon, a woman of seventy-two and a man of seventy-eight ascend a gangplank and begin one of the greatest adventures in modern literature. The man is Florentino Ariza, President of the Caribbean Riverboat Company; the woman is his childhood sweetheart, the recently widowed Fermina Daza. She has earache. He is bald and lame. Their journey up-river, at an age when they can expect ‘nothing more in life’, holds out a shimmering promise: the consummation of an amor interruptus spanning half a century. Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the most uplifting romances of our times. An epiphany to late-flowering love, it holds out the subversive promise that you can have what you wish for: you may just have to wait. Set on the Colombian coast in the early part of this century, it is, arguably even more so than One Hundred Years of Solitude which won him the Nobel Prize, the crowning work of Gabriel García Márquez. ‘My best,’ he says of it. ‘The novel that was written from my gut.' Gabriel García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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