Oprah Winfrey has picked a new book for her Book Club – “Love in the Time of Cholera,” the epic love story by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
“If you love love, this book is the best love story ever,” Winfrey said on her show Friday. The novel by the Colombian-born Garcia Marquez was published in 1985 and is set on the Caribbean coast of South America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
It tells the tale of a woman, two men and an unrequited love that spans 50 years.
“It is so beautifully written that it really takes you to another place in time and will make you ask yourself how long could you or would you wait for love,” Winfrey said.
Garcia Marquez, 80, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. His most famous work, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” was a selection in 2004 for Winfrey’s book club.
“He’s truly one of our greatest living literary giants,” Winfrey said.
Winfrey noted that a film adaptation of “Love in the Time of Cholera” is scheduled for November release. Starring Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt, the movie was directed by Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”).
“If you’re like me, you’ll want to read the book before you see the movie,” Winfrey said, but suggested that book clubs could hold their next meeting at the movie theatre.
Winfrey’s previous choice was Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Middlesex,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel narrated by a hermaphrodite – someone with both male and female sexual organs.
Once associated with inspirational narratives, Winfrey has been increasingly willing to take on more challenging books and writers such as William Faulkner, Leo Tolstoy and Marquez for her book club.
Selection to the popular TV talk show host’s book club has become the publishing world’s surest and swiftest path to the top of best seller lists, usually guaranteeing hundreds of thousands of new sales.