Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Book - 2005
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Having decided to celebrate his ninetieth birthday by spending the night with a young virgin, an old man falls deeply in love for the first time in his life when he spots the girl at a local brothel.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005.
ISBN: 9781400044603
140004460X
Characteristics: 115 pages
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

I think I picked this up just because it had "whores" in the title. Just kidding. Readers looking for a sexy read will instead find an autmumnal, bittersweet, graceful tale of a 90 year old man's unlikely relationship with a teenage prostitute. If the plot sounds distasteful, it's redeemed by Marquez's rich, textured writing and the wry, aristocratic protagonist. It doesn't break new ground for him, but it is a sensual, lyrical, slim novel that is a good introduction to the master's work.

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msemos
Nov 25, 2015

another mystical masterpiece. you wonder how you can like someone who does the things the main character does, but you do and he grows throughout the book

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SlotFather
Jun 09, 2014

The invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy love.

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