Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ok...Let's All Cry For A Minute.

From Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

Dr. Urbino caught the parrot around the neck with a triumphant sigh: ca y est. But he released him immediately because the ladder slipped from under his feet and for an instant he was suspended in air and then he realized that he had died without Communion, without time to repent of anything or to say goodbye to anyone, at seven minutes after four on Pentecost Sunday.

Fermina Daza was in the kitchen tasting the soup for supper when she heart Digna Pardo's horrified shriek and the shouting of the servants and then of the entire neighborhood. She dropped the tasting spoon and tried her best to run despite the invincible weight of her age, screaming like a madwoman without knowing yet what had happened under the mango leaves, and her heart jumped inside her ribs when she saw her man lying on his back in the mud, dead to this life but still resisting death's final blow for one last minute so that she would have time to come to him. He recognized her despite the uproar, through his tears of unrepeatable sorrow at dying without her, and he looked at her for the last and final time with eyes more luminous, more grief-stricken, more grateful than she had ever seen them in half a century of a shared life, and he managed to say to her with his last breath:

"Only God knows how much I loved you." I'm loving this book.
The movie is releasing sometime later in the year and I cannot wait to go see it (possibly with my Book Club girls?) after we read the book.
It looks like it will be as beautiful as the book:

A still shot from the movie Love in the Time of Cholera.

Speaking of movies, Mr. B. and I got a rare chance to visit the theater last night and we saw Into the Wild. What a fantastic film! Go see it...words can't describe.

Happy Saturday!


Jamie Willow said...

oh. my. sad.

and lovely.

and heartbreaking.

and breathtaking.

*insert dramatic sigh*

Beth said...

I have wanted to see Into the Wild since it came out, but I've not been able to find the time yet! Instead I purchased the audiobook on iTunes and hope to listen to it soon. :-)

the feathered nest said...

Wow, that was sad! Beautiful but sad.


Anonymous said...

Maybe we can go to see this together????? It looks wonderful and beautiful. I saw the previews for this film,
before another movie I saw last weekend....with Dad....I pick the next one! With life and all its struggles and all the pain in the world I no longer want to see movies that are intense and depressing!