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MonkeyNotes-Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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The reader should notice Garcia Marquez’s narrative strategy in this opening chapter. The narrative opens with something out of the ordinary and also mysterious--the death of a friend, the discovery of his friend’s lifelong affair. Then, the character goes home and the narrator begins to describe something quite inside the ordinary and not at all mysterious, the domestic issues between a woman and a man who have lived together for more than fifty years. He even goes so far in entering the mundane as to include a long disquisition on the couple’s fight over the soap and their fight over the doctor’s habit of urinating on the toilet rim. It is this subtle balance between the epic and the everyday that makes Garcia Marquez one of the great writers of all time.


The doctor dies and the chapter ends with a eulogy to this fictional character. In doing so, Garcia Marquez is afforded the opportunity of introducing some exposition on the city and the history that informs the novel. However, he quickly moves on to introduce another plot, one not expected by the reader since the doctor has been the primary focus in the first chapter. At the end of this chapter, the reader is suddenly plunged into the story of unrequited love that has lasted for over fifty years. After having shown us the devotion of this old couple, Garcia Marquez makes us curious about the man on whose face Fermina Daza has just closed the door.

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