#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: Love in the Time of Cholera #TTWIB @ReadNobels

It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. Dr. Juvenal Urbino noticed it as soon as he entered the still darkened house where he had hurried on an urgent call to attend a case that for him had lost all urgency many years before. The Antillean refugee Jeremiah de Saint-Amour, disabled war veteran, photographer of children, and his most sympathetic opponent in chess, had escaped the torments of memory with the aromatic fumes of gold cyanide.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
It was in this innocent way that Florentino Ariza began his secret life as a solitary hunter.
- p. 56

About Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez*: 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.


No surprise that I'm featuring a book you've already seen on the blog and by an author I have mentioned many times. I wanted to share with you the amazing writing that resides within. The first line is easily recognizable ... and so intriguing! The first paragraph meanwhile just makes me want to keep going; there's so much packed in there.

For the Friday 56, the line I chose showcases Garcia Marquez's wonderful way with words. 

I am reading this book as part of my April reading challenge Where in the world will your Nobel take you? which combines Nobels, travel, and reading! You can join in any time during the month!

Have you read anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Tell me which book is your fave!

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