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"Como en los cuentos de hadas...breve, intensa y diáfana. Tiene la transparente belleza de sus historias, el humor y la riqueza de su lenguaje, el tono bíblico, pero sobre todo, los símbolos de su universo literario, que ya son parte esencial del imaginario popular." 
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“...El maestro ha producido Memoria de mis putas tristes para el deleite de los millones de lectores que ha conquistado en el mundo”. —Hoy

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"El ano de mis noventa anos quise regalarme una noche de amor con una adolescente virgen."
Un viejo periodista decide festejar sus noventa anos a lo grande, dandose un regalo que le hara sentir que todavia esta vivo: una jovencita. En el prostibulo de un pintoresco pueblo, ve a la jovencita de espaldas, completamente desnuda, y su vida cambia radicalmente. Ahora que la conoce se encuentra a punto de morir, pero no por viejo, sino de amor.
Asi, Memoria de mis putas tristes cuenta la vida de este anciano solitario lleno de man'as. Por el sabremos cimo en todas sus aventuras sexuales (que no fueron pocas) siempre dio a cambio algo de dinero, pero nunca imagino que de ese modo encontrar'a el verdadero amor.
Esta nueva novela es una conmovedora reflexiin que celebra las alegrias del enamoramiento y contempla las desventuras de la vejez, escrito en el estilo incomparable de Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

"In my ninetieth year, I decided to give myself the gift of a night of love with a young virgin."
An elderly journalist decides to celebrate his 90 years in a grand way, giving himself a present that will make him feel like he's still alive: a virgin. In the brothel of a picturesque town, he sees the young woman from the back, completely naked, and his life changes radically. Now that he meets her he finds himself close to dying, not of old age, but rather of love.
Memoria de mis putas tristes is the story of this eccentric, solitary old man, a narrative of his sexual adventures (of which there were many), for which he always paid, never imagining that this would be the way he would discover true love.
This new novel, written in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's incomparablestyle movingly, contemplates the misfortunes of old age and celebrates the joys of being in love.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol (October 19, 2004)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1400095808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400095803
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the latest novel written by García Márquez. It is short, but rather ambitious, due to the fact that it tries to tell us everything that should be known about the life of a 90-year-old man, from his own perspective, in merely 112 pages. Thankfully, the author succeeds in doing exactly that.

Everything starts when the main character decides that spending a night with a young virgin is a great way of celebrating his birthday. So, the eve of turning ninety, he calls Rosa Cabarcas, the woman who manages the brothel he used to visit a long time ago. That phone call would change everything: "aquel fue el principio de una nueva vida a una edad en la que la mayoría de los mortales están muertos". To start with, a man who had always paid to have sex would learn to love for the first time. Not only that, but he would also learn more about himself and others, a new knowledge that would motivate him to write a written account of what happened. In his own words, "Nunca hice nada distinto de escribir, pero no tengo vocación ni virtud de narrador, ignoro por completo las leyes de la composición dramática, y si me he embarcado en esta empresa es porque confío en la luz de lo mucho que he leído en la vida. Dicho en romance crudo, soy un cabo de raza sin méritos ni brillo, que no tendría nada que legar a sus sobrevivientes de no haber sido por los hechos que me dispongo a referir como pueda en esta memoria de mi grande amor".

The story is not outstanding (I would give it 3 stars out of 5), but I really appreciated the way in which such a consummate storyteller as García Marquez tells it (5 stars out of 5). The author manages to convey to the reader ideas, feelings and concepts that make him forget that he is reading a story instead of just living it. For that, I recommend this book to you :)

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On the surface Gabo's "Memoria de mis putas tristes" (loosely translated as Memories of My Sad Whores) is a story about an old man who upon turning 90 decides to bed (or attempt to would be a better description) a 14-year-old prostitute who, upon entering the old man's room for the first time, promptly falls asleep. And it is at this time that the old man (unnamed) begins a reverie of his life and in particular of the many women he has bedded and for whose affections he has paid.
In barely over 100 pages, Gabo manages to squeeze in a chronicle of some 500 women: not finding Love with any of them. He says:"Sex is the consolation for not finding enough love."
Many will look at this novella as Gabo's attempt to write a piece that would be placed out of reach to anyone under 18 in the Public Library, alongside "The Tropic Of Cancer" or "Lady Chatterley's Lover." And Gabo would probably think that this would be the ultimate in Coolness. But, "Memoria" is much more than this. What it is is a tribute to all women and the mysteries of all things feminine. The Old Man pays for companionship yes, but he adores these women: they are his respite from Life, all that he craves and they fulfill something much more inside of him, than can the mere act of sex.
The Old man calls the 14-year-old virgin Delgadilla (or the little skinny one) and he lavishes her with gifts. Delgadilla becomes the Old Man's savior and avenging angel, for it is through her innocence and love that he is reborn as a writer and as a human being.
"Memoria de mis putas tristes" is Gabo at his most sensual. That these encounters he details are sometimes graphic and often times brutal does not deflect the sheer beauty and majesty of the writing or of this novella in general.
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Como colombiano, debo decir que me enorgullezco de "Gabo" y sin duda es un tremendo escritor. Empero, en esta obra, encontré lentitud y muchos circunloquios.
La trama me parece algo chocante, aunque a la misma vez puede ser un anzuelo controversial que capture a otros lectores.

La historia:
Es el relato de un anciano, casi centenario, que luego de tener una vida disipada tanto en lo personal como en lo amoroso, "encuentra" el amor en la juventud y candidez de una adolescente de 15 años.

Lo bueno(en mi opinión):
Léxico y manejo de la palabra propios de un Nobel de literatura. García Marquez "pinta" con letras y transporta al lector al mismo sitio del protagonista; es un deleite poder leer obras de este tipo. Un don que parece que con el tiempo, Gabo a ido depurando y perfeccionando.
La trama no es muy complicada, lo que la hace apta para la mayoría del público; se gira alrededor de 3 personajes: el anciano, la púber, y la meretriz mayor, Rosa Cabarcas.
Hay una exaltación al folklor costeño: Barranquilla (mi ciudad natal), Cartagena, Santa Marta ... mostrando la parte positiva y bella del pueblo colombiano, tan agobiado y criticado por sus actuales problemas de narcotráfico y guerrilla. Es una propaganda positiva a nivel mundial, que ayuda a mejorar en algo la imagen del país.

Lo malo (en mi opinión):
En lo personal, la historia en sí me pareció algo morbosa y denigrante, en especial para la mujer.
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