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Love in the Time of Cholera

It's been such a thrill to re-read one of my favorite books of all time. It's also been awesome walking into a stationery store and buying my first sketchbook in YEARS.

12/20:

So while I'm nursing my sore gums after getting my wisdom teeth extracted, I managed to re-read almost all of "Love in the Time of Cholera" and can finally start on my brainstorm.

Already a lot of visual images are popping into my head, thanks to the mastery of the talented Gabito, but most of them have centered on flowers.

One particular floral reference that stood out early on was camellias. They are a symbol of promise, and in the years fervent letter exchange (they've only met for about five minutes total) between Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza, a camelia is sent to Fermina asking her to promise her to marry him.

But she repeatedly refuses to accept the camelias because hey, why would you say yes to some dude who stalked you at church, your house, played songs from a cemetary when the wind was right so his serenades would drift into your bedroom window?

Later, after Fermina snubs him based on a split second decision, he associates the smell of camelias with her for the next 50 years or so.

Other great visual stories include the torturous journey Fermina later endures as her father's attempt to make her forget Florentino. Little does her father know, Florentino the telegraph worker has been sending her letters via the then-mindblowing medium, with complicit workers along her journey updating him on Fermina's whereabouts.

I imagine a steep hill, dotted with telegraph poles -- and with the letter L being so upright, this could make for pretty neat dropcap.

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