Love in the Time of Cholera

“It is life, more than death, that has no limits,” writes Marquez.
“It is life, more than death, that has no limits,” writes Marquez.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells us that love is ageless. Love in the Time of Cholera is a riveting account not only of love, but also of ageing, time, memory and life in the early-19th-century Caribbean-Colombian port city of Cartagena.

The best part of the novel is in the last few pages when the two protagonists take a trip along the Magdalena River all the way to the town of La Dorada. The account is vivid enough for a reader to be transported to ports along the Magdalena.

“This is the master at the height of his powers,” Nadeem Aslam says about the novel, and counts it among his top 20 favourite books. It surely is a novel that must be read twice at least.

“For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.”

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