Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Genius that is Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I was at Power Books a few nights ago and came across two novels by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Living to Tell the Tale and Memories of My Melancholy Whores. The latter caught my interest, well, who wouldn’t?

Memories of My Melancholy Whores tells the story of a journalist who at the age of 90, looks back on his colorful life – the relationships he had, the women he loved and made love to. It is a “belated love story” of a man who lived most of his life in the company of prostitutes – women who were paid to perform for him the acts of love. On the eve of his 90th birthday, he wanted to relive his amorous past and decided to hire the services of a “virgin adolescent.” What happened next was an intense transformation he never expected, a love he never had and a life he’d been wanting.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a poignant story of true love. It celebrates the joys of being in love as seen in the man who realized, albeit belatedly, that “sex is the consolation one has for not finding enough love.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez once more demonstrated his skillful storytelling in Memories of My Melancholy Whores, his latest fictional work in a decade. The book is full of Garcia Marquez’s beautiful sentences crafted in magical realism, a literary style that the author mastered and has since been associated with.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca Colombia in 1928. He received the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. His other notable works are: Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.


At Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:49:00 PM, Blogger bellezita said...

hi! I enjoy reading such information about this writter gabriel garcia marquez, I love to read so, I will star reading one of his books.


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