Memories of My Melancholy Whores
A New York Times Notable BookOn the eve of his ninetieth birthday a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin. As is his habit–he has purchased hundreds of women–he asks a madam for her assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but... show more
A New York Times Notable BookOn the eve of his ninetieth birthday a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin. As is his habit–he has purchased hundreds of women–he asks a madam for her assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known. Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to the master’s work.
Publish date: November 14th 2006
Pages no: 115
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Literary Fiction
, Magical Realism
, Spanish Literature
, Latin American
, Latin American Literature
"The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin."This is the first period of the book. So, from the beginning, we know this novella is about a veeery old man getting involved with a teenager.Give me a moment to process that.So that is why...
This beautifully written and provocatively-titled novella follows a lonely commitment-phobe who, on his 90th birthday, wants a night of mad passion with an adolescent virgin. But instead of the usual heartless, physical sex he has had 514 times in his life, he finally finds real love in the form a y...
3 1/2It moves well, easy to get through. Garcia Marquez has a smooth writing style. The MC is interesting, if not particularly likeable. But I think Garcia Marquez took the 'while she was sleeping' gimmick too far.
"Tym, którzy pytają, zawsze i zgodnie z prawdą odpowiadam: przez kurwy nie miałem czasu się ożenić." Sama nie wiem czego spodziewałam się po tej książce... Była ona... mętna. Sam wątek wydawał się ciekawy - dziewięćdziesięcioletni facet, czyli dziadunio, chce się zabawić z młodziutką dziewicą z burd...
SpoilersThis is an immensely difficult novel (really a novella) to interpret, in part, because it is hard to know to what extent the novel has an unreliable or delusional narrator.The reviews that I have read here don't seem to ask this question, but I think that it is an inescapable one. The book ...
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