Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Published July 21, 2016
- Author Gabriel García Márquez
This book is a love story, written in two parts - the present where a new widow is forced to remember an old love, and then the past, catching up the story of the three main characters until the present. I struggled, a little, with the way the book is structured, because you start at the end, where it is obvious what is going to happen, so the rest of it seems a little fruitless.
I also couldn’t engage with any of the characters, it felt like they were being kept at arm’s length. There wasn’t much dialogue to gain insight into, and instead we dipped in and out of their lives. Florentina, in particular, was frustrating, as his actions came across as harrassment rather than ardent love.
I always tried to remember that some of the glory of the story could have been lost in translation, and there’s no doubt that the prose is written with care to create beauty, but it was all just a bit lost on me, sadly.