1985 novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez
, originally titled El amor en los tiempos del cólera
In a port city near the end of the 19th century, the blossoming love between teenagers Fernando Ariza and Fermina Daza is cut short when Fermina's father Lorenzo persuades her to reject her poor suitor in favour of the distinguished Dr Juvenal Urbino.
Fernando resolves to wait for a second chance with Fermina, and when her husband dies in a freak accident, he turns up at her home to once again profess his undying love - 51 years, 9 months, and 4 days
after their last contact.
This novel contains examples of:
- Bi the Way: Andrea Verón, a prostitute who is given the nickname "Our Lady of Everyone".
- Driven to Suicide: America Vicuña commits suicide as a consequence of Fernando's abuse.
- How We Got Here: The story opens on the day of Dr Urbino's death, and subsequently recounts the history of Fernando and Fermina.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Fernando.
- It Will Never Catch On: Fermina claims this about airplanes, saying that very few people will want to travel in such an unnatural way.
- Love Triangle: Type 4. Fernando is pining after Fermina, who is married to Juvenal.
- Magic Realism: Though not as pronounced as other Marquez novels.
- Mistaken for Gay: Despite Fernando's many trysts, he is so discreet that he is widely believed to have "strange tastes".
- No Communities Were Harmed: The novel is largely set in an unnamed port city which is quite obviously Cartagena.