shep_9, September 27, 2011 (view all comments by shep_9)
I am a BIG fan of Marquez. I have read at least half a dozen of his books/novellas and this is my second favorite. First, it's short. Marquez's style is very much, for me, like Hemingway. That rambling prose with very deep stories and connections that take some paying attention... Marquez isn't a pick it up, put it down, and pick it up 4 months later kind of a writer. So this novella was very manageable. This story, along with much of his work, may not appeal to all as it includes questionable sexual practices. But I love his stories and the way he tells them. They are so rich and involved.
wendy35, May 15, 2009 (view all comments by wendy35)
I think this book has been a mix of suprise and exitement. T o read this book is like going on a rollercoaster in the dark-it gets better but you can't see what is ahead...read it!! you'll love it!!!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Garcia Marquez's slim, reflective contribution to the romance of the brothel, his first book-length fiction in a decade, is narrated by perhaps the greatest connoisseur ever of girls for hire. After a lifetime spent in the arms of prostitutes (514 when he loses count at age 50), the unnamed journalist protagonist decides that his gift to himself on his 90th birthday will be a night with an adolescent virgin. But age, followed by the unexpected blossoming of love, disrupts his plans, and he finds himself wooing the allotted 14-year-old in silence for a year, sitting beside her as she sleeps and contemplating a life idly spent. Flashes of Garcia Marquez's brilliant imagery — the sleeping girl is 'drenched in phosphorescent perspiration' — illuminate the novella, and there are striking insights into the euphoria that is the flip side of the fear of death. The narrator's wit and charm, however, are not enough to counterbalance the monotony of his aimlessness. Though enough grace notes are struck to produce echoes of eloquence, this flatness keeps the memories as melancholy as the women themselves. 250,000 first printing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Scott Raab, Esquire,
"As in One Hundred Years of Solitude, his masterpiece, the clarity, precision, and unblinking authority of his voice make García Márquez one of the finest storytellers ever born. A table, too, can sometimes be a miracle." (read the complete Esquire review)
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"The Colombian master storyteller's latest novel is grounded in the steamy atmosphere and gamey politics of his native country; at the same time, in the universality of its theme, it transcends the peculiar traits of his bougainvillea-filled homeland....Garcia Marquez's beautiful, poignant story both avoids sentimentality and escapes salaciousness."
by Library Journal,
"[A] fictional memoir to join the first volume of his true memoirs."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"It is an existential riff on the many qualities of love and a skillfully controlled and disciplined work of literature."
"The novel is nimble and brief, and it uses the transformational power of love to rise above moralism."
by Los Angeles Times,
"This is an exquisitely wrought tale, and Edith Grossman's translation ably captures its autumnal beauty."
A New York Times Notable Book
On 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 masters work.
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