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Monday, October 25, 2010

Library Loving ~ Love in the Time of Cholera



My first Gabriel Garcia Marquez book was "One Hundred Years of Solitude." It was almost my last. That book confounds me. There are a lot of characters with similiar names. It is confusing. I know that makes me sound stupid, but it is the unvarnished truth. The book was confusing.

My sister had a copy of Gabo's short story, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold." I read that because I wanted to give him another chance and it was short. Yay! for short stories. I liked it. It was odd and seemingly pointless. I just did research that tells me it was based on a true story. But it felt pointless when I read it. And what am I, if not the Queen of Pointless Stories? Nothing. That's what.

So I decided to take a leap and read Love in the Time of Cholera. I LOVE THIS BOOK. First of all, I am a big fan of any book that has a strong relatable female character. A real woman. Who makes real choices. Romance novelists-take note! I am NOT a high powered executive who has random chance encounters with cowboys named Lance. Thank you.

Gabo describes things in a way that puts me there with the characters. The sights, the smells, the sounds. And as I read Love in the Time of Cholera and his description of Fermina Daza (main female character) I remember thinking to myself: He likes this woman he has created. She is imperfect, but he has created her with love. It is unusual to read a book written by a MAN with a woman as the lead character and you can feel his care, his tenderness towards her even in her flaws. (This makes a lot of sense when you research and discover that the book is loosely based on his parents.) It just felt good to read a book with a female character that I like and admire as much as I do Jane Eyre and to know it was written by a man.

2 comments:

  1. I'm STILL reading Eat, Pray, Love and I haven't finished anything by Victor Hugo....

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  2. I'm STILL reading Eat, Pray, Love and I haven't finished anything by Victor Hugo....

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