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Memories of My Melancholy Whores | [Gabriel García Márquez]

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

On the eve of his 90th 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 14-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 a master's work.
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On the eve of his 90th 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 14-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 a master's work.

©2005 Gabriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Bloo Florida 07-08-14
    Bloo Florida 07-08-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!

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    What did you like best about Memories of My Melancholy Whores? What did you like least?

    I didn't like the idea that the guy wanted to have sex with a young virgin, but I did like that in the end he didn't do it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have no idea. Honestly, I loved the writing, but the subject matter was a little squicky. I don't know if I could change it and still keep anything similar.


    What does Thom Rivera bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked his rusty voice. It made picturing the character easier.


    Was Memories of My Melancholy Whores worth the listening time?

    Ultimately, yes. It wasn't a long book, and it was interesting, if not the most favorable material.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as the other Gabriel Garcia Marquez works!

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 05-12-14
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Alright but to Melodramatic and Self Centered"

    As a Cuban it's PC for me to say that Spanish writers tend to be way to melodramatic and with too big an air of self-importance. What saves the story is that it is leveled off with the honesty of some of the characters imperfections and insecurities. Not really my kind of story but had to try because of the "legend" of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But legend or not the story about a "dirty" old man is more pitiful than great.

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    "Fascinting but Disturbing"
    What disappointed you about Memories of My Melancholy Whores?

    Pictures formed in my mind of wrinkled hands of a 90yr old man caressing a 14yr old girl made me cringe throughout the book. What is more disturbing is the implication that the girl is initially hurt by the old man not having "de-flowered" her in their first naked meeting!! Rather than relieved!! And it goes on with this narcissistic illusions of this old man with the woman-pimp informing him that the girl is madly in love with him. Errr, did I miss an irony intended here by Marquez?? If you can stomach the repulsive erotic scenes this book offers a lot of life wisdom about old age and life.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gabriel García Márquez again?

    Absolutely, he is a magnificent writer


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