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The protagonist says of himself: "I have never gone to bed with a woman I didn't pay ... by the time I was fifty there were 514 women with whom I had been at least once ... My public life, on the other hand, was lacking in interest: both parents dead, a bachelor without a future, a mediocre journalist ... and a favorite of caricaturists because of my exemplary ugliness."
The girl is 14 and works all day in a factory attaching buttons in order to provide for her family. Rosa gives her a combination of bromide and valerian to drink to calm her nerves, and when the prospective lover arrives, she is sound asleep. Now the story really begins. The nonagenarian is not a sex-starved adventurer; he is a tender voyeur. Throughout his 90th year, he continues to meet the girl and watch her sleep. He says, "This was something new for me. I was ignorant of the arts of seduction and had always chosen my brides for a night at random, more for their price than their charms, and we had made love without love, half-dressed most of the time and always in the dark, so we could imagine ourselves as better than we were ... That night I discovered the improbably pleasure of contemplating the body of a sleeping woman without the urgencies of desire or the obstacles of modesty."
Márquez's style never falters throughout this recounting of his life and his exploration of love, found at an unexpected time and place. The erstwhile lover is still capable of being surprised--and fulfilled. After an absence of ten years, it is a treat to have another parable from the master. --Valerie Ryan
"No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had."
This book is not as sexual as some people are making it out to be
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Marquez introduce you in his world in such way that you would like to be into this magic entour but at the same time you can react and know the thinkig of the latinoamerican men. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benjamin Torres Meza
This charming little novel is considered a minor work by the Nobel Prize winning Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Whatever its literary status, it's a worthwhile read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim Lester
i love the way he writes.It was a short book, but an interesting story.Published 3 months ago by Esther Bliss
I own every single Marquez book, and have enjoyed him for decades now. Written as masterfully as all his other works.Published 4 months ago by Island of Temple Grass
I loved this book. It is funny yet exquisitely written and well translated. A remarkable work!Published 4 months ago by rewayland
A recent book From Marquez deals with the changing of relationships and life as we age even as we feel the same.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book, especially for those of us who are getting older.Published 6 months ago by Michael J. Barlew