Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Twenty-Nine - Love In The Time Of Cholera - Part One

Thus far, this book is frustrating. It’s 95% back-story and there are so many characters that I can’t keep up. I just spent 42 pages reading about someone who then exits stage left. Seriously? I’m guessing the characters are introduced and then Marquez goes back in time and we learn about what they did after we learn what became of them.

Cholera is transmitted in two ways: unhygienic conditions or contaminated shellfish (particularly raw oysters). Marquez is Columbian and the book’s setting is somewhere in the Caribbean, so it may have been the Columbian coast. I suppose we shall learn how this early character helped stop a cholera epidemic there.

Of course, a new character has just been introduced – I had to look back to see if I’d heard of him before and I had not. So I’m not sure what that’s about.

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  1. I read 100 Years of Solitude and it was much like this, with characters entering and disappearing at random. I was never sure who I needed to remember or not. If you haven't checked out the blog Books Are My Boyfriends, she does a video review of your book which is hilarious. Here is the link:

  2. I JUST finished this one LAST night! Great timing! It gets better (and a little bit steamy-er, too!) as it goes! I still don't know whether I am happy, sad, annoyed, disgusted or in love with the main character, though.....(written by the FEMALE Biblimaniac!)

  3. I suspect I will get my second wind at some point. I haven't picked the book up since this post! Glad to know it gets better.

  4. You are brave! I watched the movie and decided then and there I would not read the book.