From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an
unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people’s lives together for
more than half a century.
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 does so again.
With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García
Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it
seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many
wonderful guises—joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.
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