[Book Review] Love in Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart.


Thoughts *May contain Spoilers*

“Books are not for everyone.” I read this quote from somewhere, I can’t remember where but I clearly remember this phrase. At first I thought it says that not everyone reads book unlike those bookworms who have their own shelf of books in their rooms. But I realized that he or she is actually saying that not all books are liked by many. Not all of us read book, aside from academic ones that are required of us to read and study because honestly, I don’t read books before Wattpad became popular.

Why am I saying this inside a book review? Because I think I found the book that did not really get to me. Maybe because I did not appreciate the book or maybe just the writing style. I don’t know for sure.

Don’t get me wrong. I like the plot of the story and the topic itself. With love blooming in time of Cholera, and how they are too young for love, then how too old they are for love. It was so ironic. And I love this kind of irony.

But the thing is the characters did not really touch me. How can someone love another for that many years? Okay, let’s say there are really those kind of people. But who can change their minds like Fermina Daza after falling passionately in love. I can’t understand that part of the story. If you can, please tell me. I am not all that experienced with love but at least I won’t change my mind abruptly just because I thought the person was going insane or something, without any hard reason.

I’m sure that the writing style did not cross through me. I didn’t really like the way Gabriel Garcia narrate the story like this. There’s something that lacks the story and I can’t pinpoint it.

As I said, I didn’t dislike it entirely. There are times that I’m really hook at the story that I don’t want to put down the book. But there are also times that I don’t enjoy it anymore, and it happened a lot of time that I got really bored. I thought, I wanted to finish the story and know what really happened in the end. But I stopped myself and read between the line. Then, it’s not the same anymore. I lost interest in the book long ago.

I’m not going to make this review any longer. I think I said what I wanted to say. But I don’t want to say anymore for fear of hurting those who love this book.

Rate: 2/5

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