Memories of My Melancholy Whores


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"Memories of My Melancholy Whores" is Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first work of fiction in ten years, and it fully lives up to the expectations of his critics, readers, and fans of all ages and nationalities. "Memories of My Melancholy Whores" introduces us to a totally new genre of Garcia Marquez's writing. It is a fairy tale for the aged - a story that celebrates the belated discovery of amorous passion in old age. This enticingly sensual, yet at the same time innocent adventure tells of an unnamed second-rate reporter who ...

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Apr 26, 2012

don't judge a book by its cover

Perhaps not for everyone, but a lovely story, sort of reverse "coming of age". Marquez is a fine story teller and an astute observer. I much preferred this to Solitude.

Xiomara L

Mar 31, 2011

Have not read the book...

This was a gift a send to a friend, and a have not hear anything negative about it, sorry that this review can not be very helpful.


Mar 25, 2008

An Unsavory Taste

Published in 2005, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is novella length, 115 pages long. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1982 Nobel Prize winner in literature, is best known for One Hundred Years of Solitude, an epic saga of the Buendia family, founders of the town called Macondo, that encompasses all of Latin American history.

This latest novel has neither the scope nor the exuberant invention of Garcia Marquez's masterpiece, but eddies along on a leisurely elegant prose, reminding me of Maria Vargas Llosa's erotic fictions. Contrary to the book's blurbs, it has less to do with Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita than with fellow Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata's House of the Sleeping Beauties, which is cited in Garcia Marquez's epigraph. Like Kawabata's novel, Garcia Marquez's 90-year-old narrator, a cable editor for El Diario de la Paz, observes the somnolent form of a virginal prostitute who is fatigued from sewing buttons all day. In the process, this aging roue at the tail-ends of life awakens to the possibility of love.

Garcia Marquez has investigated the varieties of human love, even the transgressive, in earlier novels, but this novel's focus is narrow, and its object of desire is barely sentient. One can barely call the pairing "a relationship." As in Kawabata's short novel, there is a kind of fetishizing of the female body. For new readers, I would recommend instead One Hundred Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera. This valedictory novel by Garcia Marquez leaves a slightly unsavory taste in the mouth.


Jun 24, 2007


This book is simply gorgeous. Although if you just try to describe the subject matter to someone, it may seem shocking. Garcia has a humanity and honesty in his writing that allows the story of a love affair between a man in his nineties and a young virgin.

It takes an entire lifetime for this one man to learn how to truly love. There is hope out there for all of us.

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