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☆ Read » Memoria de mis putas tristes by Gabriel García Márquez ✓ On a certain level, I truly enjoyed Memories of My Melancholy Whores I am always ready to be swept up in the simple whimsy of G.
M s language, and the sweeping romance and dramatic emotion of his work always appeals to me But on another very real level I found this book disturbing and sexist.
The book s theme is strikingly reminiscent of Talk to Her , a recent Almodovar film Both deal with men who build flowery romantic erotic relationships in their minds with a completely passive sleeping woman In the film, the man in question is a nurse in a hospital caring for an accomplished ballerina who is in a coma In Melancholy Whores , the lover is a man who has just turned ninety and falls in love with a 14 year old prostitute who he visits every night while she sleeps deeply possibly drugged If you choose to put aside the creepy elements and focus on the romantic sentiment and poetic ped Memoria de mis putas tristes Memories of My Melancholy Whores, Gabriel Garc a M rquezMemories of My Melancholy Whores is a novella by Gabriel Garc a M rquez The book was originally published in Spanish in 2004 An old journalist, who has just celebrated his 90th birthday, seeks sex with a young prostitute, who is selling her virginity to help her family Instead of sex, he discovers love for the first time in his life 2007 1386 124 9644482522 20 1383 128 9648433127 Memories Of My Melancholy Whores Is Gabriel Garc A M Rquez S First Work Of Fiction In Ten Years, Written At The Height Of His Powers, The Spanish Edition Of Which Ilan Stavans Called, Masterful Erotic As Hypnotizing As It Is Disturbing Los Angeles TimesOn The Eve Of His Ninetieth Birthday, Our Unnamed Protagonist An Undistinguished Journalist And Lifelong Bachelor Decides To Give Himself The Gift Of A Night Of Wild Love With An Adolescent Virgin The Girl, Whom An Old Madam Procures For Him, Is Splendidly Young, With The Silent Power Of A Sleeping Beauty The Night Of Love Blossoms Into A Transforming Year It Is A Year In Which He Relives, In A Rush Of Memories, His Lifetime Of Paid For Sexual Adventures And Experiences A Revelation That Brings Him To The Edge Of Dying Not Of Old Age, But, At Long Last, Of Uncorrupted Love Memories Of My Melancholy Whores Is A Brilliant Gem By The Master Storyteller Memoria de mis putas tristes Memories of My Melancholy Whores, Gabriel Garc a M rquez Memories of My Melancholy Whores Spanish Memoria de mis putas tristes is a novella by Gabriel Garc a M rquez The book was originally published in Spanish in 2004, with an English translation by Edith Grossman published in October 2005.
An old journalist, who has just celebrated his 90th birthday, seeks sex with a young prostitute, who is selling her virginity to help her family Instead of sex, he discovers love for the first time in his life 2007 1386 124 9644482522 20 1383 128 9648433127 .
5 5After getting the cringing fingernails down a chalkboard type feeling of a ninety year old man with a boner eradicated from my mind, I thought to myself right, now that s out the way, this IS Garc a M rquez we are talking about here, I am in safe hands, don t worry, this will turn out to be a decent read Or at least that s what I d hoped This novella is narrated by an aging connoisseur of girls for hire After spending a lifetime getting it on with prostitutes 514 of them to be precise, before losing count the unnamed journalist fancies a nice young virgin for his 90th birthday On the first of many occasions, he enters a room to discover the chosen girl of 14, naked and asleep Over time he obsesses about her writes columns that drive his readers into a frenzy The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin Love him, hate him You got to give Garc a M rquez some credit The man can write an opening line And so begins an intriguing story of a man who finally falls in love at the ripe age of 90 with a 14 year old prostitute If you re familiar with Garc a M rquez s oeuvre of work, prostitution and underage sex would be just a walk in the park for most However, I must warn you of these themes if you cannot stomach it.
I d call this Sleeping Beauty with a M rquez twist The subject matter may be difficult to discuss considering that we, as a society, have constantly frowned at sex and its association with the elderly No, it isn t the erotic fantasy of a dirty old man The narrative has its sensuality, and a tragic sense of heart rendering passion that A Latin American Lolita Lite or Don t Let The Title Scare You This Isn t A Dirty Old Man Book It s been years since I ve read anything by Gabriel Garc a M rquez, and so this little book, while not as grand, sweeping or substantial as the works that earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, came as a lovely, gentle surprise.
Reading it felt like catching up with a grizzled old friend who can tell a mean story Garc a M rquez s seductive writing has a perfumed air of nostalgia and romance about it Once sniffed, it s impossible to tear yourself away.
Take the book s remarkable opening lineThe year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin The unnamed narrator isn t as lecherous as he sounds He s ugly, shy, and anachronistic, a journalist who used to rewrite wire copy and now supplements his in
B 77% Good NotesThe premise is interesting and the text is beautifully written, but the story s thin and the ending s a bit disappointing.
This is it everyone The most depressing book I have read Ever Yes This book Not the ones about the holocaust, brutal wars, awful diseases this book About an old man who has only ever slept with whores I don t know why it got to me like it did, but I would read a few pages and feel physically sick to my stomach It s not the subject matter it s interesting , it s not the writing he s Marquez it s just this sense of awfulness This awful awful life he s lead, and what he has never known What his little, vulgar life consists of.
Maybe Marquez is just too on his game here He s just too good at creating this sense of emptiness, and this wasteland of a life That isn t really all that tragic It s just so unutterably sad, I can t describe it I don t know what to rate it I never finished it And I haven t been brave enough to pick it up again since.