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review 2015-02-21 00:00
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel García Márquez "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 some reject this story as misogynistic. I can understand that. But if we are to reject characters so bluntly, then what is the point of reading? One of the perks of appreciating high literature is that it increases empathy, not lessen it.

Whenever we see an old man with a much younger woman, we smell mid-life crisis from kilometres away. With our 90-year old protagonist, it is the same. His desire for a younger woman stems from his insecurities of an (extreme) old age. And this relation stand throughout all the story.

So, are we reproaching the protagonist for using an innocent girl for sexual validation, or are we using his misbehaviour as a lesson about the perks of ageing, of absence of love, of carrying of life without greater sentiment, or even the vulgar problem of sex vs. love?

Forgive me, but I think I can take something good from this.

And the writing style is very flowy, the wording exact; it is the best paced Marquez I ever read.

So I can see why it irritates some, but overall it stands as an excellent piece of work.
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review 2015-01-07 00:00
Wizards & Whores
Wizards & Whores - Addison Garr I almost gave up. I thought I knew where it was going, but how wrong could I be? The characters were likeable - even when they were annoying each other. The plot was as ridiculous as you'd expect it to be. In fact I enjoyed it so much I missed my bus stop and had an extra walk!
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text 2014-10-20 04:23
October Book a Day #17: Book(s) That Made Me Laugh in Public
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Thud! - Terry Pratchett
Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government - P.J. O'Rourke
The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions - Scott Adams,Caitlin Daniels
Women - Charles Bukowski
Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up - Dave Barry,Jeff MacNelly

Books that make me laugh out loud.


That's just samples from my favorite humorous books writers.

 

I got a bigger list. Some books are not meant to be funny, but got funny bits. 

 

I like them all. We all need humors, at least some of the time. 

 

 

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review 2014-10-08 00:00
Memories Of My Melancholy Whores
Memories Of My Melancholy Whores - Edith Grossman,Gabriel García Márquez 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 young hooker in the midst of a deep sleep.
"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."
At first glance, this story could easily be seen just as the tale of a dirty old man infatuated with a little girl, but I was taken by the deeper exploration of the emotional and physical effects of aging, the celebration of the innocent and pure, and a man finding love so late in the game and finally being rejuvenated at the terminus of his years. This book would make an interesting companion piece with Walter Mosley's [b:The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey|11012820|The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey|Walter Mosley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348357930s/11012820.jpg|11572023], with which it shares similar themes.
"“Blood circulated through her veins with the fluidity of a song that branched off into the most hidden areas of her body and returned to her heart, purified by love. Before I left at dawn I drew the lines of her hand on a piece of paper and gave it to Diva Sahibí for a reading so I could know her soul.”"
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text 2014-09-09 04:35
September Book a Day #9: Your Literary Crush
A Boy's Own Story - Edmund White
Microserfs - Douglas Coupland
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government - P.J. O'Rourke
The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry
The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
Without Fail - Lee Child,Dick Hill
Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde

Literary Crush could mean liking a writer so much that I would act like a fan, who not only want to read the book, but take picture with the writer too. Also might follow the writer in the Twitter account and see what they are doing.

 

My first crush is for Edmund White, who wrote really good book about coming to age gay man and his sexuality. He is gay himself and made a good impression on me as a teenager.

 

The second one is with Douglas Coupland who wrote really interesting books that I thin represent my generation. 

 

The third one is with Douglas Adams who let me laugh so hard that I could re-read his books and still laugh out loud. 

 

The odd one is with P. J. O'Rourke, who is on the other side of my political spectrum. But he was right on the mark on something and he is witty as well.

 

Stephen Fry came in much later as a crush. But I met him and he is witty and nice. 

 

As a virtual literary crush, a crush on character, who wouldn't like Lestat created by Anne Rice. I like him and want to be him at the same time, as a teenager. 

 

Lee Child also created a character that a lot of people like, Jack Reacher is tough and straight forward. This character is much easier to deal. 

 

How come no woman character? Well, I only like strong character that doesn't confuse mean as tough, and rude as strong. This hasn't happen yet, probably because I dislike women novels that are only about "relationship". I read some of those and I like it as a "balance" read. But I couldn't really say I like them that much. 

 

The "almost" exception is with Thursday Next. I like her a lot. Not yet a crush. But almost. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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