Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Book - 2005
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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 master's work.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005.
ISBN: 9781400095940
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-


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Jul 23, 2018

The worst element of this story is its length. It's too short. Marquez's lyricism and labyrinthine descriptiveness requires time. It's easy to get lost in the warm bath of his language. I frequently found myself not knowing what was happening in the story (I listened to an audio version, which makes it hard to go back to passages I didn't easily digest), but mostly, I didn't care about being lost. I just enjoyed.

neyoscribbles Feb 03, 2018

This novel follows an elderly protagonist's life, with glimpses into his 90 years of being without it becoming stale, even though he is an aristocratic, grumpy old man - code for: Marquez's formulaic genre. From a romantic viewpoint, I like that the take away message is that "it is never too late to learn to love or even discover meaning in one's life". The novel reads like a prose at times with beautiful one liners written so eloquently that you can't help but re-read and then re-read the lines again. Regardless of having similarities to "Love in the Time of Cholera", it is a quick read eqipped with an aging man's (worthwhile-ish) epiphanies.

Dec 16, 2015

I think I picked this up just because it had "whores" in the title. Just kidding. Readers looking for a sexy read will instead find an autmumnal, bittersweet, graceful tale of a 90 year old man's unlikely relationship with a teenage prostitute. If the plot sounds distasteful, it's redeemed by Marquez's rich, textured writing and the wry, aristocratic protagonist. It doesn't break new ground for him, but it is a sensual, lyrical, slim novel that is a good introduction to the master's work.

Nov 25, 2015

another mystical masterpiece. you wonder how you can like someone who does the things the main character does, but you do and he grows throughout the book


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Jun 09, 2014

The invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy love.


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