Love in the Time of Cholera?

Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez, Edith Grossman

Sadly, I've never read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But I've always wondered what it was about. Today I read this description on Amazon:

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

Sounds good. My only question is this: since when someone who would have 622 affairs is considered a romantic???