Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Book - 2005 | 1st ed.
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Memories of My Melancholy Whoresis Gabriel García Márquez's first work of fiction in ten years, written at the height of his powers, the Spanish edition of which Ilan Stavans called, "Masterful. Erotic. As hypnotizing as it is disturbing" (Los Angeles Times). On the eve of his ninetieth birthday, our unnamed protagonist-an undistinguished journalist and lifelong bachelor-decides to give himself "the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin." The virgin, whom an old madam procures for him, is splendidly young, with the silent power of a sleeping beauty. The night of love blossoms into a transforming year. It is a year in which he relives, in a rush of memories, his lifetime of (paid-for) sexual adventures and experiences a revelation that brings him to the edge of dying-not of old age, but, at long last, of uncorrupted love. Memories of My Melancholy Whoresis a brilliant gem by the master storyteller.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400044603
140004460X
Branch Call Number: FIC GARCIA
Characteristics: 115 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

I think I picked this up just because it had "whores" in the title. Just kidding. Readers looking for a sexy read will instead find an autmumnal, bittersweet, graceful tale of a 90 year old man's unlikely relationship with a teenage prostitute. If the plot sounds distasteful, it's redeemed by Marquez's rich, textured writing and the wry, aristocratic protagonist. It doesn't break new ground for him, but it is a sensual, lyrical, slim novel that is a good introduction to the master's work.

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msemos
Nov 25, 2015

another mystical masterpiece. you wonder how you can like someone who does the things the main character does, but you do and he grows throughout the book

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SlotFather
Jun 09, 2014

The invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy love.

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