Ah, my belated Book Club Blogger's review. This month's pick, Love in the time of Cholera, was chosen by the lovely Katie (of Doctors Terry).
I had a hard time getting into the novel at first... There are so many side tangents it's like watching Family Guy. However, it slowly grew on me. Mid-month, I found myself actually excited to ditch my day-to-day troubles for the quiet calm of their lives. This work differed from so much of current mainstream media in that it had no nail-biting, adrenaline pumping M. Night Shyamalan twists and sucker punches. It flowed. Much like life... with the normal ups and downs of course. It's not like nothing happened, but none of it felt gimmicky.
This book satisfied my voyeuristic longing to follow a character (or characters) throughout the whole of their life (am I alone in thinking one of the best parts of the Harry Potter series was getting to check in with him year after year?). Unfortunately, in this case I didn't care much for the characters.
I got along with them alright for awhile but as I grew to know each of them better, I liked each one less. The kicker for Florentino's dramatic fall from my grace comes near the end of the novel so I wont spoil it for those of you who haven't yet finished. I think you'll know the spot when you get to it.
The weird thing is, despite not particularly liking the characters, I found myself strangely attached to the book. Usually when I don't like a book or a movie, I have to put it down or I feel like I'm wasting my time. I don't regret this read at all... it felt like it enriched my life in a way I can't quite put my finger on. So while I'm sorry I can't say I loved it, I do honestly thank Katie for picking it.
Have you read this book? What did you think?