Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Synopsis of Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 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 sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known.

Quick take

The story is kind of depressing - who wants to hear an old man reminisce about the lovely whores he has slept with? I guess it's a male thing. This is a male's book, some references a la Lolita. So, feminists beware.

But I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez's language that I read this slim volume pretty quickly.

(Full review to come!)

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