One Hundred Years of Solitude has often been touted as Gabriel García Márquez’s greatest book. And while I have read it, several years ago, I must say that Love in the Time of Cholera is possibly my favourite.I admit, this is only my fourth read by Márquez, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a tough one to beat.
I think it is the sentiment of the book that does it for me. No doubt the writing is beautiful and the story is paced perfectly so, but it is the story of a young love requited, and then rejected, of a single solitary flame that continues to burn through the decades, and the possibility that it may be reignited even if the two primary characters are living in the twilight of their lives. It’s like a great romantic novel, but one that takes into account that love isn’t always about the grand gestures, and relationships and marriage aren’t always about love.
Sensual and breathtaking, evocative and lyrical, this is the kind of Márquez book you really should read.