My Mostly Social Book Club is currently reading the book, and I'd already read it in February of 1995, as a member of another book club, The Nematomes. I checked it out from the library, and after two renewals, while making little progress, I decided to abandon it and watch the movie instead. It's quite a long, and arduous read.
The synopsisFlorentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart.
My thoughts and observations
- I liked this movie, but I didn't love it. I don't remember the male protagonist of the story being so pathetic while reading the book. Pick up the shattered pieces of your life and move on already.
- Themes (as eloquently worded from SparkNotes) touched on:
- Love as an emotional and physical plague
- The fear and intolerance of aging and death
- Suffering in the name of love
- I was glad I just watched the movie rather than schlepping through the book again.
- Overall, one thumb up. If you like long, soulmate, love-conquers-all, dependent-victim stories, you'll like it more than I did.
Have you seen this movie? If so, what did you think of it?