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Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez / Edition: Tra / Hardcover / 115 Pages / Book is published 2005-10-31 by Alfred A. Knopf

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      12.02.2011 20:18
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      when life fails love will save the day

      A novel about a 90 years old man falling in love with a 14 years old prostitute is a moving story about love finding a way to people when they give up hoping it will ever happen to them. As always, Marquez puts us on a seesaw of feelings - evoking joy after pitty and hope after defeatism over a protagonist who seems to be a childlike paedophile. A bohemian journalist never slept with a woman without paying for it and for his 90th birthday he wishes for a virgin. In a brothel he visits he ends up in a room with a sleeping girl. He doesn't wake her because he falls in love with her sleeping image. From that night on he comes to read children's book to his "virgin lover" or just watch her sleep. A dying man falls madly in love with a girl who's life is yet to begin. It is moving and at the same time interesting to read just how excited and nervous the protagonist is about being in love - sleeping only with whores he never did more then perform the act love making, never getting to know the women before him. As his little lover innocently sleeps he discovers the beauty of a woman's body and the magical world of seduction. The reflections full of hidden regret for living a loveless life are evoking pitty on the man who at the age of 50 lost count of the women he made love to. As always, Marquez finds a way to make his protagonist loveable portraying his joy of being in love and sweet misery of being away from his "love" when the brothel is closed. Marquez's protagonist is true and his emotions are full and palpable which makes this novel an intriguing description of an old man handling new and profound feeling of love as he awaits his death and reflects his seemingly fullfiling life.

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