Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Critical Companion

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Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)

Carlos R. Rodríguez, a friend of García Márquez and well-known literary critic, wrote that if One Hundred Years of Solitude had not secured the road to Stockholm for García Márquez to receive the Nobel Prize in literature, Love in the Time of Cholera would have done so. Although with reservations, the critic considers Love in the Time of Cholera superior to One Hundred Years of Solitude (239–244). Love in the Time of Cholera may be seen as the product of a more experienced author, who no longer needs the resources of magic realism and ambiguity to surprise the reader. There are other critics, by contrast, who find strong similarities between Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Kathleen McNerney, for instance, finds that Florentino’s letter writing can be thought of as constituting the novel itself, just as Melquíades’ parchments tell the story of One Hundred Years of Solitude (McNerney 79). McNerney also points out the obvious about the novel by saying that the story is framed around an unusual love triangle (McNerney 74). The love triangle can be called unusual because one of the lovers is not physically involved but instead waits more than fifty years for his turn. It is also an unusual novel because the greatest lovers of all time have always been depicted as young, not old. With García Márquez’s novel, readers around the world are reminded that love is ageless, in the sense that lovers do not have to be young to fall in love. Although falling in love may indeed be a common practice among the elderly, societal and cultural etiquette views such love as inappropriate and even shameful, as

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Series Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • 1 - The Life of Gabriel García Márquez 1
  • 2 - Literary Contexts 15
  • 3 - Leaf Storm (1955) 27
  • 4 - No One Writes to the Colonel (1961) 43
  • 5 - The Short Stories 63
  • 6 - One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) 89
  • 7 - Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) 111
  • 8 - Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) 135
  • Bibliography 163
  • Index 173
  • About the Author 181
  • Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers 183
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