Cupid doesn’t just use a small arrow when he assaults
Florintino Ariza, he lets loose a whole barrage of arrows. Florintino glimpses Fermina Daza and he is
stricken, he will be lovesick all the rest of his days. Fermina’s father has better in mind for his
daughter; Ariza is in the way of his plans for a good match. He separates the
young lovers until Fermina is more biddable.
She marries respected Dr.Juvenal Urbino and for over 50 years Florintino
bides his time. Of course he keeps
himself, ahem, busy during the intervening years. A string of lovers pass the time as he waits
for Fermina. But ever patient, still
full of lovesickness, he awaits his day.
"A love story of astonishing power." - Newsweek
The International Bestseller and modern literary classic by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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 will do so again.
About the Author
Gabriel García Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love In The Time Cholera, The Autumn Of The Patriarch, The General In His Labyrinth, and News Of A Kidnapping. He died in 2014.
“This shining and heartbreaking novel may be one of the greatest love stories ever told.” --The New York Times Book Review
“A love story of astonishing power…. Altogether extraordinary.” --Newsweek
“Brilliant, provocative…magical…splendid writing.” --Chicago Tribune
“Beguiling, masterly storytelling…. García Márquez writes about love as saving grace, the force that makes life worthwhile.” --Newsday
“A sumptuous book…[with] major themes of love, death, the torments of memory, the inexorability of old age.” --The Washington Post Book World