Love in the Time of Cholera (El amor en los tiempos del cólera, 1985) is Gabriel García Márquez’s fourth major novel, the first one penned after he was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature. If Chronicle of a Death Foretold was the author’s return to the era of such works as Leaf Storm and In Evil Hour as forms of repentance for a guilt-laden past, in Love in the Time of Cholera García Márquez engages the past with a ripened loveliness, forgiving of the folly of youth, offering his characters late in life the opportunity he denied them in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The three main characters are Fermina Daza, Florentino Ariza and Juvenal Urbino, the suitor who marries Fermina Daza and remains married to her for 50 years until his accidental death, which is illustrated in the first chapter. The novel is divided into six chapters: the first and last are set in the twentieth century and detail the widowhood of Fermina Daza and the return of her first suitor, Florentino Ariza, who has loved her for 50 years.
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