10-15-2007 01:52 PM - edited 10-16-2007 10:41 AM
For example, when Florentino is on the boat, leaving home: "Moreover, another episode of the intermittent civil war between the Liberals and Conservatives had broken out that year, and the Captain had taken very strict precautions to maintain internal order and protect the safety of the passengers. Trying to avoid misunderstandings and provocations, he prohibited the favorite pastime during river voyages in those days, which was to shoot the alligators sunning themselves on the broad sandy banks."
Something as horrific as war seems to feel 'barely there' throughout the book. Does anyone else feel the same way?
That said, how did the presence of this civil war affect your reading of Fermina & Florentino's love story?
For more info about the Colombian Civil War (1964 - present), check out Wikipedia.
Message Edited by Jessica on 10-16-2007 10:41 AM
10-20-2007 12:32 AM
Or maybe it's because civil wars are so frequent in South America, that wars are just taken for granted.