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Love in the Time of Cholera

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Love in the Time of CholeraFirst English-language edition, 1988
By Gabriel García Márquez
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Approx. 145,000 words

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It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.

— First line

He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.


She had never imagined that curiosity was one of the many masks of love.


Like the countless other women...she accepted him for what he really was: a man passing through.


"And how long do you think we can keep up this goddam coming and going?" he asked.
Florentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three ears, seven months, and eleven days and nights.
"Forever," he said.

— Last lines


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