Thursday, January 19, 2012

Six novels about grand passions

The Christian Science Monitor culled six novels about grand passions from Thomas Craughwell's Great Books for every Book Lover.

One title on the list:
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez

First published in Colombia, Marquez’s book takes place in an unidentified Caribbean port city. Young Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza carry out an adolescent love affair through letters and glances. Eventually the couple is separated by Fermina’s disapproving father, and later she decides to marry a financially secure Doctor. Florentino never loses his devoted passion for his young love, and though he conducts hundreds of sexual dalliances, he looks forward to their predestined union.
Read about the other books on the list.

Love in the Time of Cholera also made Ann Brashares' six favorite books list and Marie Arana's list of the best books about love ; it is one of Hugh Thomson’s top ten books on South American journeys.

--Marshal Zeringue