Title Profile & Character Information

Love in the Time of Cholera

Annotation
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 will do so again. With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century story of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises--joyful, melancholy, enriching, ever surprising.

Characters
NameAriza, Florentino
GenderMale
OccupationPoet
TraitUnmarried

NameDaza, Fermina
GenderFemale
TraitWidow

GenreLove story
Psychological
Literary
Fiction
TopicsHuman condition
Poets
Nature of love
Love affairs
Infidelity
Love lost
Unrequited love
SettingColombia
Tropics
Port city