I don’t think I will ever completely understand this book. It just seemed beyond my imagination. But from all that I can grasp of it, I can tell you that it will take you through life, and not one, but the concentric circles in which everyone’s lives are intertwined.
‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ is in its true form the life of Florentino Ariza and how his life changes from the moment he sees Fermina Daza. Further, it takes into account all the people Florentino interacted with, and how they reflected upon knowing him, loving him, or just observing him. The book sees his journey from loving Fermina, wishing she loved him back, dealing with her rejection, to his ultimate goal of winning her back once again. In the meantime, half a century of time passes while life is still happening and Florentino realizes how everyone in his life played such an important part for him to be who he became.
Personally I had expected a romantic novel when I read the title. But I guess in some ways that is true about this book. It is a romance of life that goes beyond love and marriage but still stays in the realm of romanticism of happiness. While reading the book I wished it ended soon (because I found some parts very inappropriate), but by the end I wished I can be a part of this story longer. It took me some time after finishing the book to truly appreciate it, but I guess now thinking about the whole story altogether, it was truly love in the time of cholera.