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Of Love and Other Demons (Vintage International) Paperback – June 10, 2008
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This book is pure Garcia Marquez, so you know it has to be good. The world inhabited by the characters is an incredible one; one whose truths are as strange as its demonic magic. Although a love story of sorts, Of Love and Other Demons has none of the comic antics of Love in the Time of Cholera; it reminds one more of the spare and grim Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
Sierva Maria is the only child of Don Ygnacio de Alfaro y Duenas, the second Marquis de Casalduero and Lord of Darien. Garcia Marquez describes him as "a funereal, effeminate man, as pale as a lily because the bats drained his blood while he slept." Don Ygnacio really doesn't do much with his time other than lie in a hammock and look at the world with fear and gloom in his heart.
Bernarda Cabrera, the Marquis's second wife, is Sierva Maria's mother. She is as addict of violent sex, cacao and fermented honey; a woman from the merchant class who had formerly been in love with a slave named Judas Iscariote. Filled with hatred for her own child, Sierva Maria was brought up by black slaves and learned to worship Yoruban gods, sing African songs, speak African languages. Sierva, in fact, prefers the vital, alive slaves to the decadent and perverted Spaniards.
Despite her odd parentage, Sierva is a happy child until the day she is bitten on the ankle by a strange dog.Read more ›
It is about a young girl who is bitten by a rabid dog on her birthday. Subsequently, after failed attempts to cure her, she is suspected of infact being possessed. As a measure, she is sent to a nearby convent, and Priest Delaura (relatively young but dynamic) is sent to take charge of this matter. However, he falls deeply in love with her, and comes to believe that she is infact not at all possessed. He is a voice of reason, in an otherwise ignorant and paranoid world.
This may sound dry on one level, but that is what makes marquez such a phenomenon. The prose is bursting with life. You read as if mesmerised by all the dreams, motivations and love. It is a passionate love story, but also "tragic" in a sense. MArquez portrays love as a demon of sorts, in that it can take over a seemingly controlled individual (in the case of Delaura) much like demonic possession. Love is undeniably and incomparably fulfilling, yet heart breaking all at once. Read this short parable, and be enchanted by its utter beauty.
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After reading One hundred years of solitude and Love in the time of cholera I wanted more Garcia Marquez.Published 2 days ago by Danny
This book was anything than expected as it had been highly recommend. It was slow, hard to follow at times, and did not captured my attention. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jose A. Cabrera
Delicious. A short novel that I was sad to complete, because there was no more.Published 3 months ago by Lauren Papot
I guess it goes without saying that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a modern master and Of Love And Other Demons (1994) reflects this mastery. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patrick Mc Coy
Definitely a great read. One of the first books I've read by him and was not disappointedPublished 3 months ago by N W
Highly recommended. It can get a little uncomfortable and creepy at times if you're more of the sensitive type.Published 4 months ago by J. Bisono
A true romantic tail of love beyond boundaries, so passionate that it resonates beyond reason. Marquez was a true genius, very invested in magical realism.Published 4 months ago by Margaret Silverstein
another beautiful story by marquez, of love and life in old south america.Published 6 months ago by Robert L. Karp