Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Recommended by Ellie Slade
Branch Manager, Ramona Branch
García Márquez crafted this lush tale of magical reality, unrequited love and youthful folly from the byways of coastal Colombia circa 1880-1930. Straddling a half a century, the plot pivots around a love triangle and its entanglements between three vibrant characters. Six hundred and sixty-two clandestine affairs later, the rejected poet, Florentino, is finally reunited with his first love after waiting fifty years, nine months and four days for her husband to die. Against the steamy background of the Caribbean environs, Márquez conjures up a swirling concoction of characters drawn from aristocrats, beggars, plantation workers, prostitutes and philanders. This novel written by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author promises to invigorate readers’ imagination in celebration of the written word.