Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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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.
 

About Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Gabriel García Márquez was born in 1927 near Aracataca, Colombia. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He is the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Living to Tell the Tale, among other works of fiction and nonfiction. This book is translated by Edith Grossman, widely recognized as the preeminent Spanish to English translator of our time.
 
Published October 15, 2014 by Vintage. 130 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The narrator, for example, catches sight of himself in a store window: “I didn’t look the way I felt but older, dressed in shabbier clothes.” You’ll want to know what the 14-year-old, naked next to the 90-year-old man, sees when she looks at herself, but alas, it’s never revealed.

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In Marquez’s novel, on his 19th birthday, a single man living alone in a decrepit mansion decides he wants to fornicate with a young girl. He solicits the help of the madam of the city’s best brothel,

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In Gabriel García Márquez's novel, a libertine decides to celebrate his 90th birthday by spending the night with a 14-year-old girl.

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García Márquez'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.

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Alan Cheuse reviews Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Memories of My Melancholy Whores.

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Book Reporter

The Scholar, as everyone calls him --- both because of his age and because of his wisdom (which is distributed through his Sunday column in a newspaper) --- awakens on the morning of his 90th birthday in the beautiful house that his parents bequeathed to him and begins to recount the story of his...

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Entertainment Weekly

The 77-year-old Nobelist ends a 10-year fiction drought with a purely intentioned but emotionally hollow novella, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, about a 90-year-old newspaper columnist and lifelong bachelor who discovers ''uncorrupted love'' with a 14-year-old would-be prostitute.

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Suite 101

A story about the strange relationship between a 90 year old man and a virgin prostitute, end in a triumph for true love and integrity.

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USA Today

Only when Garca Mrquez writes about death's approach does the novel's pace and prose seem to quicken to the old magic.Better to reread Garca Mrquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, say, than this tale.

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BookPage

Here begins a scene both lyrical and uncomfortable for North American readers the old man spends much of the night inspecting the body of the naked child.

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India Today

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has written some of the greatest love stories in which lovers wait for 51 years, nine months and four days to declare their "eternal fidelity and everlasting love", as Florentino Ariza does in Love in the Time of Cholera.

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Variety

Remarkably, given El Sabio’s distinctly dodgy character profile, Echevarria manages to suppress the notion that he’s simply enacting an old man’s unpleasant fantasies by suggesting the nonagenarian is just a misguided, bookish romantic, given to occasionally muttering Marquez epithets such as, “A...

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