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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
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Love in the Time of Cholera

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Narrator Armando Durán
Translator Edith Grossman
Length 15 hours 40 minutes
Language English
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From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century.

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel Garc├¡a M├írquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises—joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.

Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) was an author, journalist, and pioneer of the Latin American boom. Among his many books are The Autumn of the Patriarch, No One Writes to the Colonel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Living to Tell the Tale, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and the classic One Hundred Years of Solitude. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Armando Durán has appeared in films, television, and regional theaters throughout the West Coast. For the last decade he has been a member of the resident acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2009 he was named by AudioFile as Best Voice in Biography and History for his narration of Che Guevara. A native Californian, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Ashland, Oregon.

Edith Grossman has translated the poetry and prose of major Spanish-language authors, including Gabriel García Márquez, Alvaro Mutis, and Mayra Montero, as well as Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Reviews

“This is a beautiful story, beautifully told, and it should not be missed by any reader of literary fiction.”

“A fully mature novel in scope and perspective…as rich in ideas as in humanity.”

“A compelling exploration of the myths we make of love. Highly recommended. 

“It’s spellbinding—a luminous novel by a master of storytelling.”

“A spacious mirror image of the novel that made him famous…The constant, throbbing fascination here is the shock of recognition.”

“A rich, commodious novel whose narrative power is matched only by its generosity of vision.”

“A love story of astonishing power and delicious comedy…humane, richly comic, almost unbearably touching, and altogether extraordinary.”

“They are interesting characters whose sometimes bizarre proceedings interact with the peculiarities of the society they inhabit to create a wonderfully vivid and convincing world…What more can be asked of a novelist?”

“Armando Durán’s bold performance of this much-loved novel is infused with energy and enthusiasm…Durán’s pronunciations and his navigation of complex sentences are smooth and artful, offering lively characters and animated descriptions…Duran is a skilled narrator whose affection for the material seems real.”

“Thoroughly engrossing on the highest artistic level. It is easily his best work since One Hundred Years of Solitude…His vision is exalting.”

“The greatest luxury, as in all of García Márquez’s books, is the eerie, entirely convincing suspension of the laws of reality…the agelessness of the human story as told by one of this century’s most evocative writers.”

“Oh boy—does he write well. He writes with impassioned control, out of a maniacal serenity: the Garcimarquesian voice we have come to recognize from the other fiction has matured, found and developed new resources, been brought to a level where it can at once be classical and familiar, opalescent and pure, able to praise and curse, laugh and cry, fabulate and sing, and when called upon, take off and soar…There is nothing I have read quite like this…[A] shining and heartbreaking book.”

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