Memories of my melancholy whores by gabriel garcia marquez
It is the last book, the final jewel inset into the crown that is the literature of GGM.
Readers guide, garcía Márquez has composed, with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humor, a love letter to the dying light.
But age has diminished his desire, if not his amorous powers.
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is seized by an inspiration: to give himself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin.It is as if the naming of the object of desire sufficed to justify the text: no attempt is made to dig beneath the surface, to question the passage from fantasy to deed.The whores and loveless sex without dreams or commitment didn't bring the old man happiness.An undistinguished journalist and author of a weekly column for a provincial escorts tucson newspaper, he describes himself as ugly, shy, and anachronistic.Saul Bellow, The Actual ; Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking ; Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground ; William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying ; Antonia Machado de Asis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas ; Philip Roth, Everyman.Love is a central theme in Gabriel García Márquezs fiction.The narrator at times doubts the reality of Delgadina.Pure love and romantic daydreams have made him happy and this happiness has seeped into every aspect of his lire, until, despite his years he walks with a spring in his step and a smile on his face and this happiness makes him a hero.
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He opens his heart to change, buries himself in romantic writings he had long ago repudiated, and turns his columns into thinly veiled love letters to the girl he calls Delgadina.
The wonderful joke of "Memories of My Melancholy Whores though, is that its hero's life is changed by the late onset of a profoundly immature and not especially healthy emotion: the painful, idealizing, narcissistic romanticism of adolescence.
This brings him the fame, respect and friendship he had craved all his life.
In California, the Spanish edition was top of the bestseller lists until the English edition replaced.
During the protracted engagement, his fiancée and he sit in silence - having nothing to converse about - he knitting blue and she pink bootees for the future offspring they are not to have.
In his 91st year, at last, he has found fulfillment.Edith Grossman has competently rendered García Márquez's simple Spanish into simple English, and generously bettered at times certain uninspired words.It troubles me, he remarks, that she was real enough to have birthdays.To enjoy this book you have to enter the mind and world of this old, old man, living the last years of his life in poverty in the once-grand, decaying house of his youth.The narrator says that thanks to Delgadina, he confronted his inner self for the first time as his ninetieth year went.Read May 1, 2009, update, i've been reading other reviews and it seems that people think this book is about paedophilia, some Lolita book.As with Gabo in his earlier years, he is a newspaper columnist, who still writes by hand with a quill and ink weaving tales based on local observations and vehement opposition to government corruption.Terrence Rafferty is the author of "The Thing Happens: Ten Years of Writing About the Movies.".A most unfulfilled life.For me shes Delgadina.
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