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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
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... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Cloggie Downunder
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a strange book - beautiful in parts, strange in whole but meaningless in end. Read morePublished 24 days ago by NJ
A 90-year decides to celebrate his birthday by having a night with a very young girl in a brothel. Instead he falls in love with her. An audacious story turns tender. Read morePublished 25 days ago by James W. Fonseca
this was apparently a free book donated somewhere as noted on inside the cover. it was in great condition, and you cannot go wrong with saramago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Torres
Amazing. So beautifully written. It's just a pleasure to read. Marquez has a truly lyrical writing style. . . .Published 2 months ago by Leny
Memories of My Melancholy Whores evokes a new sense of the love story everyone knows: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights for girl, boy and girl end up together. The end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Levy
A story of a gross old man having sex with young teenage prostitutes and thinking it is love. vulgar language for shock value. at least it is really shortPublished 3 months ago by lnyc
Dramatic...Wildly imaginative...a journey into a world of sexual fantasy
once you start reading this book you cannot put it down. Read more
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5
My first introduction to Gabriel García Márquez was after university, when a Latino... Read more