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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Erotically Shocking

My intension to use this headline is not to mislead readers. Off course this book is erotic like some other Garcia classics, but it's shocking too, at least to me. It's shocking because I couldn't imagine such a new, brilliant concept. That's why the author is Garcia an...
My intension to use this headline is not to mislead readers. Off course this book is erotic like some other Garcia classics, but it's shocking too, at least to me. It's shocking because I couldn't imagine such a new, brilliant concept. That's why the author is Garcia and it's me, writing this review.
I am not going to tell the story line here, because it's a definite surprise. But, I will suggest to all the Garcia-lovers and other readers, that this is a must read, because this is a short novel filled with emotion, drama and it's erotic.
To me it's a 4 star, because, I got little confused at the climax, may be I was expecting a different ending.

posted by An-Eastern-Amigo on December 5, 2008

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Memories of my Melancholy Whores is the tenth novel by Colombian

Memories of my Melancholy Whores is the tenth novel by Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The narrator is a second-rate journalist who decides to treat himself to a virgin on the eve of his ninetieth birthday. As he is a very frequent customer of his local brothe...
Memories of my Melancholy Whores is the tenth novel by Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The narrator is a second-rate journalist who decides to treat himself to a virgin on the eve of his ninetieth birthday. As he is a very frequent customer of his local brothels, the madam duly arranges a fourteen-year-old virgin for him. But he finds himself and, in fact, his whole attitude to life changed by the sight of the young, naked, sleeping girl. He is apparently in love for the first time in his life, but whilst he leaves her virginity intact, his descriptions of her do bring to mind the word paedophile. And the discussion he has with one of his previous whores about the relationship with the young virgin is no less disturbing. Into the story at various times come art and music, a bicycle, an angora cat, a housekeeper and a birthday party. Marquez’s lack of punctuation for dialogue requires careful reading to ascertain just who is speaking. While fans of this lauded author may enjoy this compact offering, many other readers may well wonder what the fuss is about.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Prose like honey!

    Prose like honey that just drip off the page and into the mind stirring thoughts of love, obsession and a renewing. Truely a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    The Fragrance of García Márquez's Language is Intoxicating!

    The old master still writes with all of the power of his magical realism in MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES, a brief but exceptionally well-composed elegy on aging. Few writers other than Gabriel García Márquez would dare to reflect on life at the age of ninety the way his gentle narrator does, finding himself on his ninetieth birthday alone in his departed parents' home, longing for a celebration of one last night with a woman. He contacts his old friend Rosa Cabarcas who, though advanced in years herself, still is the most successful Madame in the finest brothel in the city. The old man has spent his life as a journalist and writer depending on the prostitutes to satisfy his physical needs, have forsworn love and accepting 'love for sale' as his lifestyle. But now on his ninetieth birthday he asks Rosa for a young virgin and Rosa complies with a fourteen year old nubile lass he names Delgadina. But for his night of bliss Rosa has given Delgadina a potion of valerian and when our narrator goes to her bed she is asleep. Still, he is satisfied to just gaze at her and touch her lightly then sleep at her beautiful side. This experience opens a door that has never been unlocked and the old man slowly falls in love with the still chaste virgin. He repeatedly sleeps at her side while she sleeps, gifts her, enjoys the awakening of love. When an incident in the brothel results in its closing, Delgadina flees and the old man is forced to come to grips with his changed life and spends his year searching and finding Delgadina with Rosa's help, otherwise lost in the agony of love.It isn't a complex story, but in García Márquez's hands it is intoxicating. His words swirl around the bedroom of his passion like exotic flowers and his extended soliloquies about aging and death are the poetry of informed illumination. At age 78 García Márquez proves he still weaves magic and as always he manages to touch the heart. The translation from the Spanish by Edith Grossman is superb. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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