(fermina daza

Lo dice sul serio?” gli chiese.
“Fin da quando son nato” disse Florentino Ariza non ho detto una sola cosa che non sia sul serio".
Il capitano guardò Fermina Daza e vide sulle sue ciglia i primi fulgori di una brina invernale. Poi guardò Florentino Ariza, la sua padronanza invincibile, il suo amore impavido, e lo turbò il sospetto tardivo che è la vita, più che la morte, a non avere limiti.
“E fino a quando crede che possiamo continuare con questo andirivieni del cazzo?” gli domandò.
Florentino Ariza aveva la risposta pronta da cinquantatré anni sette mesi e undici giorni, notti comprese.
“Per tutta la vita
—  Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Love in the Time of Cholera is an epic saga chronicling the loves of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. It begins with the innocent and clandestine love affair of their youth. Fermina abruptly ends the romance after returning from a prolonged trip away she realises that her love for Florentino was something of an illusion. Her rejection of the hopelessly romantic and slightly awkward Florentino is followed by her marriage to the more pragmatic and self-assured Dr Urbino. The novel then follows the next fifty years of their lives: Fermina’s marriage and Florentinos many strange affairs with other women, before, finally their romance is rekindled in old age.

Cholera, a word that denotes both disease and passion, is a metaphor for the physical and emotional ravages of love. Almost akin to a form of seasickness, Fermina and Florentino on their voyages through life experience many forms of love, its loss and its recapture, before finally setting off into unchartered waters.

Marquez, who had to wait fourteen years to marry his own wife, was inspired to write the story based on own experience and those of his parents. However, whilst this served as material for the earlier parts of the novel, the love that blossoms in later life was inspired by a newspaper story about the death of two Americans, who were almost 80 years old, who met every year in Acapulco. They were out in a boat one day and were murdered by the boatman with his oars. García Márquez remarked that “Through their death, the story of their secret romance became known. I was fascinated by them. They were each married to other people.”

The book in the photographs is a first English translation, published by Jonathan Cape in 1998.

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The Possible Brilliance of the HIMYM Finale


For 9 years I watched Ted, Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney and I will admit it, the only ending that I could imagine for ‘How I met your mother’ was Ted sitting in front of his kids saying the lines, “And that kids is the true story of how I met your mother.”  And for a moment I had the ending that I wanted.  Just cut to black.

But the show wasn’t over.

And you know the ending.  

I was torn.  The ending that I always wanted was taken away from me and those last two minutes undermined the entire ninth season.  Cut them off and I would have been just fine with how the show ended.  

I couldn’t get it out of my head.  Ted ends up with Robin?  It just didn’t feel right.  Why would they do this?  As a fan of the show I was disappointed, the show didn’t give me the ending that I had always wanted.

But, then I thought about the show as a writer and it hit me.  I realized why the show ended in the way that it did.

As a longtime fan of the show you know what Ted’s favorite book is, right?  The book that he’s reading on the train platform the night he met the mother, the book he’s reading when she’s in the hospital.

Love in the Time of Cholera.

(spoilers from the book to follow)

Haven’t read it, well here’s the synopsis from wikipedia:  

(But honestly, you should read it, it’s an excellent book.)

The main characters of the novel are Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Both Florentino and Fermina fell in love with each other in their youth. A secret relationship blossomed between the two with the help of Fermina’s Aunt Escolástica. They exchanged several love letters. However, once her father, Lorenzo Daza, finds out about the two, he forced his daughter to stop seeing him immediately. When she refuses, he and his daughter move in with his deceased wife’s family in another city. Regardless of the distance, the two continue to communicate via telegraph. However, upon her return, she suddenly loses interest in Florentino. Dr. Juvenal Urbino meets Fermina and begins to court her. With her father’s persuasion and the security and wealth marrying Urbino offered, they wed. Urbino is a medical doctor devoted to science, modernity, and “order and progress”. He is committed to the eradication of cholera and to the promotion of public works. He is a rational man whose life is organized precisely and who greatly values his importance and reputation in society. He is a herald of progress and modernization. Even after their engagement and marriage, Florentino swore to stay faithful and wait for Fermina. However, his promiscuity got the better of him. Even with all the women he was with, he made sure that Fermina would never find out. In their elderly age, Urbino attempts to get his pet parrot out of his mango tree, only to fall off the ladder he was standing on and die. After the funeral, Florentino re-proclaims his love for Fermina and how he has stayed faithful to her. Hesitant at first because of the advancements he made to a newly-made widow, Fermina eventually remembers her love for him.

The two main characters fall in love at an early age, but then she falls out of love with him.  She ends up marrying a wealthy man.  He ends up sleeping around.  In the end, against all odds they end up with one another later in life.  Sound familiar?  Like how Ted and Robin were together when they were young before Robin broke up with Ted.  Robin goes on to marry Barney, who is wealthy.  Ted sleeps around (I know, he meets the perfect woman and has two kids, just, ok?  Damn, be cool.)  Then, against all odds Ted and Robin end up together later in life. 

Do you remember the title of the last episode?

Last Forever. 

Here’s a fun fact: the last lines of Love in the Time of Cholera is,  ” ‘And how long do you think we can keep up this goddamn coming and going?’ he asked.  Florentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months, and eleven days and nights.  ‘Forever,’ he said.”

Last Forever.

But what does this all mean?

I choose to interpret the end of 'How I met your mother’ as creators/show runners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’ contemporary retelling of Love in the Time of Cholera.  And if it is?  If they were able to construct the entire show around the book and have the answer hidden in plain sight the entire time, that would be legen - wait for it - dary.

Me gusta la nicotina

me gusta porque la beso

porque me regala tranquilidad

porque me llama a los gritos cuando la necesito

porque es deliciosa 

porque se lleva bien con mis otros dos amantes

porque me hace acordar a vos y la piecita del piano

porque me siento Holly Golightly, Fermina Daza y Dorian Gray

porque cuando levanto la mirada al cielo exhalo nubecitas de humo con olor a nicotina

porque se pega a mi pelo, mi ropa, mi aliento

y a pesar de no soltarme me siento libre

porque es placer.

Magdalena Ottaviani


Fermina Daza aveva sopportato a malincuore, per anni, le albe gioiose del marito. Si aggrappava agli ultimi fili di sonno per non affrontare il fatalismo di una nuova mattina di presagi sinistri, mentre lui si svegliava con l’innocenza di un neonato: ogni nuovo giorno era un giorno guadagnato. Lo udiva svegliarsi con i galli, e il suo primo segno di vita era una tosse senza motivo che sembrava fatta apposta perché anche lei si svegliasse. Lo udiva borbottare, solo per inquietarla, mentre cercava a tastoni le pantofole che dovevano essere accanto al letto. Lo udiva farsi strada alla cieca nel buio verso il bagno. Dopo un’ora nello studio, quando si era riaddormentata, lo udiva ritornare per vestirsi senza ancora accendere la luce. Una volta, in un gioco di società, gli avevano domandato come si definisse e lui aveva detto: «Sono un uomo che si veste nelle tenebre». Lei lo udiva consapevole che nessuno di quei rumori era indispensabile e che lui li faceva di proposito fingendo il contrario, così come lei era sveglia facendo finta di non esserlo. (…) Non c’era persona più elegante di lei nel dormire, con un abbozzo di danza e una mano sulla fronte, ma non c’era neppure persona più feroce di lei se le disturbavano la sensualità di credersi addormentata quando non lo era più.
—  Gabriel García Márquez, L'amore ai tempi del colera