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 devestated, 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 one years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.
A love story of astonishing power as described by Newsweek.
This story is very detailed. All the things you need to know, all the little details were given. I was kind of lost at first because I was expecting a story of Fermina and Florentino… but it started with a story of death — not the death of Fermina Daza’s husband (as was stated in the synopsis) but death of a family friend. There was a lot going on, the first few pages felt like this book is a suspense-thriller and then comes the DEATH of Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Fermina’s Husband). The cause of death?? — not old age, the cause of death was hilarious!!!!!
Florentino Ariza appeared after Dr. Juvenal Urbino’s death and again declared his love for Fermina Daza….. then…… FLASHBACK!!! a lot!!! like 200+ pages!!! All that happened were stated. How Florentino and Fermina met, how they got separated, what the life of Florentino was after Fermina got married, all the women that Florentino met, etc. etc. etc….
What I like about this book is the story of the love of Florentino… but I never ever felt Fermina. I was not able to connect with her character.
I like that this story is witty and eloquent.
Reading it after the first few pages was a struggle, but then there are a lot of things that we can learn from this story. If you like a story of love against all odds, then this book is for you.
Love was always love, anytime and any place, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.