Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

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"Memories of My Melancholy Whores is 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 Whores is a brilliant gem by the master storyteller"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage/Random House, 2006, c2005.
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed.
ISBN: 9781400095940
1400095948
Branch Call Number: FIC GARCIA MARQUEZ, GABRIEL
Characteristics: 115 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-

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LucasHill
Jul 23, 2018

The worst element of this story is its length. It's too short. Marquez's lyricism and labyrinthine descriptiveness requires time. It's easy to get lost in the warm bath of his language. I frequently found myself not knowing what was happening in the story (I listened to an audio version, which makes it hard to go back to passages I didn't easily digest), but mostly, I didn't care about being lost. I just enjoyed.

neyoscribbles Feb 03, 2018

This novel follows an elderly protagonist's life, with glimpses into his 90 years of being without it becoming stale, even though he is an aristocratic, grumpy old man - code for: Marquez's formulaic genre. From a romantic viewpoint, I like that the take away message is that "it is never too late to learn to love or even discover meaning in one's life". The novel reads like a prose at times with beautiful one liners written so eloquently that you can't help but re-read and then re-read the lines again. Regardless of having similarities to "Love in the Time of Cholera", it is a quick read eqipped with an aging man's (worthwhile-ish) epiphanies.

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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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Jun 09, 2014

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

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