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Love In The Time Of Cholera~

Updated on October 19, 2014
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Love in the Time of Cholera (Personal album)
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“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

Love in the Time of Cholera Book (Personal copy)
Love in the Time of Cholera Book (Personal copy) | Source

When is the right time to love?

Florentino and Fermina fell in love in their youth and despite the many obstacles in their path, a secret relationship bloomed through exchange of love letters. However, as fate would have it, they were separated but, no matter what the distance, love surely finds a way and the two continued to communicate through letters via telegram.

Distance, however, was not the only thing they have to conquer. There’s also the idiosyncrasy of their social status as Florentino came from a poor family and Fermina was born from a renowned and wealthy family. And so eventually, she got engaged and married to another wealthy man-a medical doctor with a great reputation in the society; a dedicated man known for his determination in the eradication of cholera.

"Forever"....he said.
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The news shattered Florentino but he didn’t give up and instead dedicated his life to building his wealth and status to be worthy of Fermina, while he passes the years with more than 600 affairs. He became obsessive and addicted to sex and yet no one has really captured his heart the way Fermina did (so, he claimed) from the very first time he caught eyes on her. Through all those years, he never really stopped loving Fermina and not a day had passed that something did not happen to remind him of her. His body may have grown old and weary but not his heart. He was deliriously in love with Fermina that even after Fermina’s marriage, he swore to stay faithful and waited for Fermina, and so that he may re-affirm his eternal love for her.

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After fifty years, nine months and four days when Fermina’s husband died, the opportunity came and he re-stated his love for her. He went to the funeral and there he once again proposed to Fermina. Although, furious with Florentino’s insensitive gesture (bad timing), the newly made widow Fermina eventually remembered her love for him when she was only eighteen and the many more memories of their younger years.

“It is incredible how one can be happy for so many years in the midst of so many squabbles, so many problems, damn it, and not really know if it was love or not.”

The story came to a peaceful and happy ending as Fermina came to recognize Florentino’s wisdom and maturity and their love rekindle during their old age. Florentino invited Fermina on a cruise, in which she delightfully accepted with the thoughts of leaving home to free her mind from sadness and memories of the past, particularly of her dead husband.

They went on a voyage and made love despite their old physical attributes. As the cruise reaches its last port, Fermina was conscious as there were people she knows on board. She was bothered by the bizarre reactions of the society and thought about what people would say about them and the scandal it would cause that would tarnish her reputation in the society.

“Together they had overcome the daily incomprehension, the instantaneous hatred, the reciprocal nastiness, and fabulous flashes of glory in the conjugal conspiracy. It was time when they both loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity. Life would still present them with other moral trials, of course, but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore.”

And so, Florentino still plagued by love disease used his power as President of the boat company and ordered the Captain of the cruise to raise the yellow flag that signals cholera, in which the captain obliged. This means complete surrender as in a sufferer of cholera would surrender to death. There remain no other passengers on board but the two along with the captain and his lover. As no port would allow them to dock and with the yellow “cholera” flag waving triumphantly, they remained on board and forever exiled to cruise.

A tangled love affair that lasts for decades and after fifty years, nine months…. they were together at last breathing the winds of joy aboard the voyages of love.

They were young and in love.
They were young and in love. | Source
Now, they are old and still in love.
Now, they are old and still in love. | Source

The Novel

"This is one of the greatest love stories I have ever read. ... It is so beautifully written that it really takes you to another place in time and will make you ask yourself—how long could you, or would you, wait for love?" — Oprah

This is “Love in the Time of Cholera” - a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez originally published in Spanish released in 1988. It is a sentimental novel about the enduring power of true love. The book was later on translated to English and adapted to a movie in 2007.

With social strife and warfare as a backdrop, the story tells us about the extremely romantic attitude of a man towards life and how love can conquer everything most importantly with patience; a quite mesmerizing and resplendent story.

“and it was always without pretensions of loving or being loved although always in the hope of finding something that resembled love but without the problems of love.”

The story depicts some notions that lovesickness really means illness, a disease comparable to cholera, which in Spanish can also denote “human rage and ire”. Florentino suffers from lovesickness just like one suffers from cholera enduring physical, mental and emotional pain and hunger towards his love for Fermina.

As in the story, Florentino and Fermina had surpassed all the complexities of love that hinders them including the society’s biased opinion that love or to fall in love is only for the young ones and to be in love after mid-life is apparently disgusting and not socially acceptable.

Florentino, on the other hand despite his age and physical difficulties was very well determined in his intention to win Fermina and disregarded the hurtful stereotyping of the society against the elderly.

In the end, Florentino ambushed by love (sickness) succeeded in his ultimate desire: Fermina.

“and the two of them loved each other for a long time in silence without making love again.”

Teaser:

Escape into your imagination~

Love in the Time of Cholera is a story of love, devotion and faith. Love at first sight, forbidden yet erotic, passionate, chaotic, serene, endearing and enduring. It also proves that all is fair in love, the young and the old, the rich and the poor and anything and any one in between.

For in the end of the book tells us that love comes with sacrifices and sufferings and at the end of it all, if one is willing to do so, love will return and will be returned and in the pursuit of winning that love awaits a new meaning in life.

How long will you wait for love?

Well then, it is said that love waits patiently and there it explains the importance of patience. Summing it up, with love and patience anything is possible and one is never too young or too old for love and as Helen Fisher, one of my favorite authors said in her book (Why We Love: The nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love): “Being in love is universal to humanity; it is a part of human nature, and the capacity for romantic love is woven into the fabric of the human brain.” ~

Indeed, love is ageless and “it is life, more than death that has no limits.”

If you haven’t read the book yet, grab your copy here:

Post Script 1:

Since the season of love is here, I invite you to read the book or watch the movie or do both, if you haven’t yet. I read the book first and then watched the movie (as I often do). I suggest you do the same thing and only then you’d appreciate the brilliance of the author- Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Although, I personally thought that Florentino’s love was kind of pathetic, I find the story as a whole is beautiful. I promised you a delightful read and you’ll surely enjoy the movie. Perfect this Valentine’s Day and not just for the hopeless romantic!

Post Script 2:

I hope you had a pleasure reading this hub and whether you find it insightful or otherwise, I’d love to hear from you. Do you agree that love is only for the young ones? Do you find love at mid-life disgusting? What are your thoughts on love in mid-life? Shall we shun it because it is not socially acceptable? Can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives? Your views are welcome in the comment box below.

Thank you for reading. Please spread some love- share the hub. :)

Copyright@CrisSp/02-2014 Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Doris: Hello and thank you. I'm sure you'll enjoy the book as well as the movie itself although in my opinion, the book is better than the movie. Blessings back at you.

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      Doris H. Dancy 3 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      CrisSp~I am so glad that you found me so that I could find you. I am a hopeless romantic and just reading your hub here was a delight. Your analysis of both the novel and the movie is exceptional, insightful, and alluring. I will have to find the time both to read and view this work of art. Thank you for sharing something so beautiful with us. Be blessed.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      LadyFiddler: Thank you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      James-wolve: Must be interesting to read the Arabic (and other languages) and then see how it is in English. Thank you for stopping by. Always good to see you.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      WAW very nice :)

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Excellent review .Thanks for the enlightenment.I read the book in Spanish and Arabic but never in English.It's an opportunity to reread it again in English version :)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you and that's a beautiful name...VioletteRose. :)

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      This is a beautiful hub and you have presented it so nicely :) And I believe in eternal love. Thanks for sharing!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Nadine! Thank you for coming by. I'm glad this little hub inspired you. The story is really interesting, lovely and so passionately written. One that you will never forget. Love to you from the sky~

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Thank you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Nell! I'm certain you will enjoy both the book and the movie. Thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated. Cheers!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow i never read this brilliant review . I will order the novel on my kindle. Thanks for inspiring me this Wednesday morning.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed, a story of exquisite rapture, only permitted due to a disease of the worst kind. Well thought out and briefly narrated.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      This was a great review! I had never heard of it before, but love where the title comes in, and the reason behind it, not giving it away! lol! I will have to look out for the film, thanks, voted up!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Writer Fox: Thank you. It's indeed a wonderful story...promise. :)

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      What a tremendous review! You've encouraged me to put this on my reading list. Voted up!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Faith. Your generosity in voting up and sharing this hub is very much appreciated. Please come back and let me know how you like the movie/book. Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day with your hubby.

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, I missed this awesome review and hub here about an amazing book! I must read the book now!!! I have not seen the movie either, but guess what my husband and I will be watching this weekend, after the grands go to sleep, as they will be up for the weekend!

      You have written so beautifully of this great love story here.

      Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweetie.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      teaches12345: Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving some comments. I, for one likes to read some reviews first before getting a book. It helps and hope this one does it. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      FlourishAnyway: Thank you. I guarantee you one of the most satisfying books to read. Happy V'Day to you! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I appreciate your review of this book. It is a time saver when trying to decide to purchase one or not. Looks like many people may be getting this one.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      vkwok: Thank you. Always great to see you and hope all is going well with your creative pursuit. Aloha!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Janet! No harm in re-reading the book and I'm sure you'll enjoy it again. I've read it twice, have seen the film and will not mind scanning it and watching it again. You're welcome and thank you for always coming by. Love to you from the sky~

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Eddy. Pleased to see you here. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Jane Arden: It's classic! Something that you wouldn't want to put down. Marquez (the author) is amazing to come up with that kind of romantic yet not that cheesy love story. Thank you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sunshine: I appreciate your opinion. Thank you. :)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Randi. I am with you....love is ageless. Happy V'Day to you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sheri Faye: Thank you. I promised you a good read. Enjoy!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for sharing this just in time for Valentine's Day. I will put this on my list of books I need to read. Have a great weekend!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Great review for a great book and movie.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      A wonderful review! I can't remember if I have already read the book because everything you wrote in your review seems so familiar to me. Anyway, this is such a beautiful, though extraordinary love story absolutely worth it reading again. I think I will also watch the film. Many thanks for sharing this awesome review.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great review and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Made me want to read the book now! Love is such a personal thing and everyone's experience is unique to them. Awesome hub.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous review! You made the book extremely enticing. Mid-life romance is very special. Love at first sight...I'm not a believer. Just my opinion! :)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      DDE: I wouldn't get tired of watching it again. At the same time, I wouldn't get tired of re-opening the book. I have both the book and the DVD. The story is amazing! Thank you for dropping by and leaving your feedback. Sending you some love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Vellur: Thank you. I'm certain you'll enjoy and love the book.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect timing, Cris! And, yes, I was one of the people who voted yes, above! I believe! Thank you for sharing! Up++ and pinning! Happy Valentine's Day!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Audrey: Mine too until the other day when I decided to dust off. It's a wonderful book and I wouldn't mine re-reading it again and again. Thank you for coming by. Great to see you here.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Dear Jackie, I strongly recommend you see the movie (and read the book). You'll not be disappointed. And, that Juan De Marco that B. Leekley mentioned about is one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen of Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. Brilliant! Well, thank you for stopping by. I'll see you in the next hub stop.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I am an avid reader and tried two or three times to get into this book as people just rave about it, but I couldn't seem to get into it...but you have inspired me to try again.. Great Hub!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      B.Leekley: Thank you for reading, voting and commenting. This is one of my fave novels- spellbinding and although somehow I felt that Florentino's love was quite pathetic, it's a lovely story and GGM is a brilliant and passionate author.

      I have also seen the movie Don Juan DeMarco and I very much enjoyed that too. I love MB and JD--fantastic actors! I very much remember MB's line: "Romanticism is completely incurable and even worse highly contagious".

      Again, thank you for your feedback. It is very much appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible movie I watched it three times and each time I found something new about his movie above love is worth waiting for if you have the patience.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great review, love is for all ages. I will read the book sounds interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This book has been burning a hole on my bookshelf for a while--you have convinced me to take it down and read it!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, I want to see the movie! It looks so good. Thank you! Thank B.Leekley too for I will try that too. ^+

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, Beautiful, and shared.

      I enjoyed the novel when I read it a few years ago. Your synopsis of it is beautifully composed.

      Much 0f the novel consists of showing Florentino's keeping in practice as a seducer and lover while waiting for his chance to again be with Fermina.

      In an actual example in my family, high school sweethearts married others and then when both were widowed, she in her 80s and he in his 90s, got back together and got married.

      A love story that I liked even more than Love in the Time of Cholera was the Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp movie Don Juan Demarco.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Bill! Thank you for always gracing my page. I love the book. I love the movie and thus, I am sharing its beauty. I suggest you buy the book for Bev if she hasn't read it yet or watch the movie together. I believe it's in netflix or better yet buy her the DVD. :) You don't have to wait for Valentine's day for that. *smile* Thanks again for reading and commenting. It is very much appreciated.

      Love from the sky~

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good evening Cris!

      What a great title for a book. I'm always looking for good book reviews and you have provided one. Thank you my dear.

      blessings from Olympia

      bill