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 Times.On 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.

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  1. Better Eggs Better Eggs says:

    To enjoy this book you have to enter the mind and world of this old, old man, living the last years of his life in poverty in the once grand, decaying house of his youth His career never rose above second rate reporter, he never married and never even fell in love His personal relationships with women were limited to the whores he paid for A most unfulfilled life.But then, for a present for his 90th birthday, he gives himself a 14 year old virgin, a would be whore Exhausted from menial labour and drugged up with valerian by the brothel madame, she sleeps every night they spend together, her sleeping and he sitting on a chair next to her bed and for the first time in his life he falls in love In love with the idea of his sleeping beauty.This is a poetic, sensual book that many reviewers, unable to see beyond their own ideas of fitness, have condemned as tawdry, a paean to pedophilia and just plain sick But it isn t It s the last flowering of a rose touched by frost it should have died but instead is glorious, beautiful because it is so unseasonal, a real surprise What it says about the nature of men s love for young beauty is age old look good, be quiet and demure, and let him be the dominant one, is taken to an extreme here It worked for Snow White, it worked for the Sleeping Beauty and it works for Delgadina too.Love changes everything Despite his 90 years, the old, old man walks with a spring in his step, his head held high and smiling to the world He has an epiphany, sex is the consolation one has for not finding enough love and writes about love in his weekly columns in the local newspaper This brings him the fame, respect and friendship he had craved all his life In his 91st year, at last, he has found fulfillment.Ultimately, Gabriel Garcia Marquez says through this book Never Give Up Read May 1, 2009Update I ve been reading other reviews and it seems that people think this book is about paedophilia, some Lolita book Nothing could be further from the truth The whores and loveless sex without dreams or commitment didn t bring the old man happiness Now, not having sex but just sitting beside a sleeping girl and dreaming and falling in love with the dream, has brought about a sea change Pure love and romantic daydreams have made him happy and this happiness has seeped into every aspect of his lire, until, despite his years he walks with a spring in his step and a smile on his face and this happiness makes him a hero to all who see him This is a brilliant book It is the last book, the final jewel inset into the crown that is the literature of GGM Do not hold back because of what you ve heard Do not misinterpret and see what isn t there This book is the musings of a life without much happiness, not sex, and the girl is no molested than was Snow White resting in her glass case with only her beauty on show.I wrote this update purely because both on GR and in my shop people have heard about this book and so don t think they want to read it December 4th, 2016

  2. Jayson Jayson says:

    B 77% Good Notes The premise is interesting and the text is beautifully written, but the story s thin and the ending s a bit disappointing.

  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    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.

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    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. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    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

  6. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    2.5 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 kisses her everywhere and reads to her as she sleeps But never consummates the relationship sexually or sees her awake The whole scenario of such an elderly man wanted to bed someone so young just put me off, but this wasn t the biggest of it s problems Simply put, I found it dull and lazy The narrator s wit and charm were not enough to counterbalance the monotony of his aimlessness, and sadly as a result, I never at any moment felt anything for anyone involved It could have worked out better if I tried to look at things from the perspective of the protagonist, but I chose not to I didn t want to be in his mind, his pants, or in his bed.Frustratingly though, there were flashes of M rquez s brilliance, but this was reduced to the occasional passage of writing here and there, even the striking insights into the euphoria that is the flip side to the fear of death, couldn t save it from the grave No wonder the whores were melancholic, they were probably also fed up, I don t blame them Was expecting so much , this felt like Gabriel s bad day at the office, but I guess we do all have them.

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  8. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    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 is always unfulfilled, yet it is still wholesome at the core I d definitely recommend this for an evening read as it is a relatively short story.

  9. Glenn Sumi Glenn Sumi says:

    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 line The 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 income by teaching Spanish lessons and penning a newspaper column He never married although he was once engaged , and doesn t have any children And, until now, he s never been in love.Yes, this is a story about a man who s gone nearly a century without finding love And now, old, wrinkled, his joints and other things creaky, he falls With passion And frustration And jealousy But absolutely no regrets.The object of his love isn t all that important in the book She s kept intentionally vague, often seen sleeping she works at a factory sewing on buttons , her tired back usually turned to the narrator We re not even told her real name, although the narrator calls her Delgadina, after the lyrics of a favourite song.The fact is, the burst of energy the man gets from his rather chaste relationship with Delgadina suddenly gives his life meaning and purpose His columns, many of them now about love, become famous in town radio hosts read them to thousands of listeners He gets the nickname the maestro of love People recognize him on the streets Garc a M rquez s powers of description are as strong as ever The pacing is impeccable Several characters from the brothel madame, Rosa Cabarcas, to the narrator s hard working, tireless maid snap to life in a few sharp sentences and lines of dialogue As a 90th birthday present, the old man is given an old cat, who pads his way through a few scenes without becoming too obvious a symbol In one heartbreaking episode the narrator hooks up with an old sexual partner and instead of getting physical, they talk honestly about their lives and their age, which feels even intimate than sex.There s not one wasted word Garc a M rquez has distilled his art to its very essence One caveat If you re too young, you may not get as much out of this You need to have chalked up some regrets It s one of those the unexamined life is not worth living books.Prepare to think about your own history of love To be nostalgic for a time and place you never even knew To laugh and weep over the surprises, joys and melancholic moments of a long, fully inhabited life.

  10. Amanda Amanda says:

    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.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 pedestal that Delgadina the name the old man invents for his nameless whore is placed atop, the book is a very beautiful reflection on the need for love and the degradations of aging If you can t put is aside, this is a story of a strange pedophilic attachment that certainly should not be romanticized Both the Almodovar film and this book romanticize and rhapsodize about the perfectly passive woman a woman as little than an object and construct fantasy relationships with someone who never speaks, or even opens her eyes I once saw an issue of Hustler that had this photo of The Ideal Woman She had Jack Daniels coming out of one nipple, and milk out of the other Guacamole issued from her nether regions and stuffed in her mouth was a tampon The caption explained that since this woman menstruated from her mouth she was completely silent for about a week every month This is, of course, disgustingly crude, but take away the frills of magical realism and I feel like Memories of My Melancholy Whores is not that different.There are definite high points The protagonist s reflections on aging were sharp and funny The epic nature of the love described in the text whips you away on a Sleeping Beauty Beauty and the Beast fairy tale romance that evokes true punch in the stomach emotion But in the end, this princess is a pre pubescent prostitute who slaves away sewing on buttons all day to take care of her family and spends her nights fondled and admired by an aged delusional beast , who will never take her away from reality in princely fashion In the end, for me anyway, the ick factor breaks the spell.