Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Ten of the greatest love stories in novels

At Mental Floss Kerry Wolfe tagged ten of the greatest love stories in novels, including:
Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) // Gabriel García Márquez

Like many young loves, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza’s secret romance is destined for heartbreak. Fermina later marries and grows old with Dr. Juvenal Urbino, a physician fighting to eradicate cholera. When her husband dies, Florentino—who continued to nurture his feelings for her, despite spending the decades engaging in many romantic affairs—attends the funeral, ready for a second chance with his first love. “This book was a pleasure,” author Gabriel García Márquez—whose parents inspired the main couple’s love story—said in an interview in 1988. “It could have been much longer, but I had to control it. There is so much to say about the life of two people who love each other. It’s infinite.”
Read about another entry on the list.

Love in the Time of Cholera also made Kate Kellaway's list of the best books about love, Jojo Moyes's list of five happy literary novels, Isabella Hammad's list of six top books of correspondence, Sameer Rahim's list of five essential works by Gabriel García Márquez, Jill Boyd's top six list of memorable marriage proposals in literature, the Christian Science Monitor's list of six novels about grand passions, 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