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Love in the Time of Cholera

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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.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century story of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises--joyful, melancholy, enriching, ever surprising.
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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.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century story of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises--joyful, melancholy, enriching, ever surprising.
Product Details
Hardcover (464 pages)
Published: September 16, 1997
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 9780375400698
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  • Era inevitable: el olor de las almendras amargas le recordaba siempre el destino de los amores contrariados.

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  • It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.

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  • Het was onvermijdelijk: de geur van bittere amandelen deed hem altijd denken aan het lot van gedwarsboomde liefdes.

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  • Era inevitabile: l'odore delle mandorle amare gli ricordava sempre il destino degli amori contrastati. Il dottor Juvenal Urbino lo sentì appena entrato nella casa ancora in penombra, dove...

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  • Es war unvermiedbar: Der Geruch von bitteren Mandeln ließ ihn stets an das Schicksal verhinderter Liebe denken.

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  • Так было всегда: запах горького миндаля наводил на мысль о несчастной любви.

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  • They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For...

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  • Florentino Ariza tenía la respuesta preparada desde hacía cincuenta y tres años, siete meses y once días con sus noches.
    - Toda la vida -dijo.

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  • Florentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months, and eleven days and nights.
    'Forever,' he said.

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  • Florentino Ariza war seit dreiundfünfzig Jahren, sieben Monaten und elf Tagen und Nächten auf die Frage vorbereitet:
    »Das ganze Leben«, sagte er.

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  • Florentino Ariza aveva la risposta pronta da cinquantatrè anni sette mesi e undici giorni, notti comprese. "Per tutta la vita" disse.

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  • Florentino Ariza had het antwoord al drieënvijftig jaar, zeven maanden en elf dagen en nachten klaar.
    'Ons leven lang,' zei hij.

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  • Florentino Ariza war seit dreiundfünfzig Jahren, sieben Monaten und elf Tagen und Nächten auf die Frage vorbereitet:
    »Das ganze Leben«, sagte er.

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  • – Всю жизнь, – сказал он.

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