Lush, sensual and poetic in its prose, Marquez spins a vivid tale about a man’s love for a woman that waits fifty years to come to fruition.
Beneath the imagery and romance, however, lies Marquez’s sharp observations on the nature of relationships, marriage and old age all told with Marquez’s brand of humor, wisdom and unflinching veracity.
His book is not about the relationship of Fermina and Florentino.
The book is about love in all of its forms, and the characters in the book exist as vehicles to examine the strangest and most powerful of all human emotions.
Love in the Time of Cholera is about: unrequited love (Florentino for Fermina); marital love (Fermina and Juvenal); platonic love (Florentino and Leona); angry love (Florentino and the poet who makes him so furious); jealous love (the adulterous wife killed because of her affair with Florentino); young love (Florentino and Fermina in the beginning); dangerous love (the mental patient and Florentino); adulterous love (Juvenal and his affair, Florentino and many of his women); love from afar (Florentino and Fermina); elderly love (Florentino and Fermina, Fermina and Juvenal; the cyanide suicide); May-December love (Florentino and his ward); the relationship between sex, age, society, art, death and love (pretty much the whole book).