Love in the Time of Cholera Face to Face Book Discussion Details:
- Date: July 27, 2013
- Place: Gayuma ni Maria, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
- Time: 3 PM to 7 PM
- Discussion Leaders: Bennard and Rhena
- Attendees: Me, Aaron, Aldrin (with girlfriend May), Alexa, Berna, Camille, Cary, Chika, Emir, Gay (newbie), Ingrid, JL, Mae, Mavic, Monique, Patrick, Pauline (my first recruit; with Alyanna), Ranee, Sheryl, Tina, Veronica, Ycel
- Food I Ate: Please Be Careful with My Heart (baked chicken with lemon and garlic), Beats Sex Anyday (chocolate cake), I Love My Banana (banana cake), Twisted Pavlova (I stole bites of the three cakes from my seatmates)
- Post-discussion Activity: Sharing of short anecdotes about love. Enough said.
- After the Book Discussion: Bookay-Ukay, then dinner and beer at Tomato Kick.
- Other Nominated Books: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Thoughts from the Members:
What I love about this book is its ability to establish the love story, without having the romantic lines. I hate romance books. Love can be everywhere. But this is the most seductive and sensual book I ever read.
The characters are shown in such a unique light, so much that their personalities are so intense, they almost seem to be talking to you off-page. Ariza himself is not shown as an angelic fairytale prince; rather, he is shown as a man who, though loyal and true, has within him faults, mistakes and failures. (Let us also not forget that Fermina Daza, the woman he loves so dearly, had looked at him with disdain and disgust at more than one point of her life, due to his physical attributes.)
I liked how Marquez was able to portray the frame of thought of different people from widows, old maids, wives & whores. How these women cope with their tragedies and triumph, the naughty thoughts they bear beneath those compassionate faces. But how come, Marquez has less thoughts from a male perspective? As I can remember with all of his male character, it was only Florentino who had elaborate thoughts..and it made him look weak and helpless. Florentino IS the damsel in distress.
The love story of Florentino and Fermina is one that will forever be remembered, the perfect novel to illustrate “fate” and “destiny”. I appreciate this book so much more than “100 Years of Solitude” not because this is a love story, but because it was a much more compelling read. Years after I first read this book, I can still imagine the central characters and the unfolding of their story.
This book is set in the majestic backdrop of the Carribean and the change it had to endure in those 50 years. It places us in that period where revolution was everywhere. It reeked with deaths found in the mountains by militant men who talks of war when the battle was really about not respecting each other’s opinions and in the sewers because the people only know of trash but not of sanitation. But the city was also the scene of the greatest lover of its time. Marquez has a penchant for such livid words that could infect his readers to either fall in love with his characters or hate them. His formula for this story, even if it was set in a different period is still relevant in this day and age. He was able to show the ability of a civilization to change the topography of its city, to bring in culture with its art and music. And, he was also able to show that civilization may be detrimental to its natural fauna and flora. But above all,he was able to show the tenacity of people to fall in love in all circumstances, may it be constructive or destructive.
My thoughts to follow.
Photos courtesy of Pauline.