Love in Times of Cholera

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Love in Times of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
26/10/2011
Alan Anaya|

The plot unfolds in Central America early this century, a period in which, according to the narrator, signs of falling in love could be confused with symptoms of cholera. Like the mighty Magdalena, whose banks are developed, the story twists and flowing, rhythmic, deliberate, and prose narrates down through more than sixty years the life of the main characters, Fermina Daza, Florentino Ariza and Doctor Juvenal Urbino de la Calle. And little by little, this scenario and these characters, as a mixture of tropical plants and clays that the author's hand shapes and fancies, are flowing into the land of myth and legend, approaching to a happy ending.

Undoubtedly, the subject is deep, rich, realistic and moving. García Márquez stresses momentous issues in the life of man, such as family, friendship, love in different stages of life, fidelity, conjugal life, and death, for it appeals to a largely descriptive resource. Using a language full of richness and versatility, the Colombian writer tells the complex scheme, plausible and hopeful of a world that resembles, more than we think, the world in which we live. Thus once again shows us that life is nothing but endless work for which human beings were created.

The story takes place in the Caribbean town of La Manga, which live submerged in continuous civil wars and the constant threat of cholera. Fermina Daza with his father, Lorenzo Daza, and aunt, moved from San Juan de la Cienega to La Manga in search of a brighter future. Once there, it appears that Florentino Ariza falls in love with Fermina, at which it begins to haunt with long letters of love to which, later, Fermina replays. But one day, Lorenzo Ariza is advised of charting and decides to spend some time away from La Manga, because he wanted another kind of husband for her daughter. So, went to San Juan de la Cienaga where Fermina, in cahoots with his cousin Hildebranda...
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