Of Love and Other Demons
On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria – the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth-century South American seaport – is bitten by a rabid dog. Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a convent for observation. And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already... show more
On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria – the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth-century South American seaport – is bitten by a rabid dog. Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a convent for observation. And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already dreamed about a girl with hair trailing after her like a bridal train. As he tends to her with holy water and sacramental oils, Delaura feels something shocking begin to occur. He has fallen in love – and it is not long until Sierva Maria joins him in his fevered misery. Unsettling and indelible, Of Love and Other Demons is an evocative, majestic tale of the most universal experiences known to woman and man.
Publish date: 2008-06-10
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Magical Realism
, Spanish Literature
, Latin American
Marquez can tell a good tale, but I was not in sympathy with most of the characters in this novel which was populated by grotesques of every description. Bizzare in terms of characters, setting and story. He conjours up the the various scenes so they live in the mind but not a book I would recommend...
This was my third book by this author and let me say, believing this books, all South Americans or maybe only all Colombians must live in a constant fever dream. It's amazing how Márquez writes about the most awful thing, mainly child neglect and child abuse and even pedophilia in this story and it ...
Take the disturbing tale of Lolita, add in the spiritual soul-searching of The Bridge of San Luis Rey, the horror of The Exorcist, as well as gorgeous prose, and you have this book. A man abandons his lover for another woman, who is struck by a lightning bolt and killed. His scorned lover, who used ...
I have always drawn parallels between Marquez and Murakami not only because of the common element of magical realism so discernible in their works, but also because of their talent for splendid imagery.But it goes without saying, there's a pronounced difference between their styles as well. While I ...
One of the few books (if not the only one) of Gabriel Garcia Marquez that I enjoyed.