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Return to Book Page. Get A Copy. Published first published October 19th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Memoria de mis putas tristes , please sign up. What was the reaction to this book when it was published? It sounds like it's been penned by a pedophile or Woody Allen. But I'll bite. The reaction to this novella, from what I've heard, was rather positive.
I know it has a film adaptation and I found a copy of it in a university research library once under "great literature". He presented unpleasant or tumultuous relationships, such as those with age gaps or incest. He employed taboo subjects so that readers might step back and think critically about his novels, and subsequently, their worlds.
I know that throughout his career, he was surprised at the sheer amount of people who took his stories at face value. This novel, in particular, seems to be a work of commentary, not a love story. The old man becomes obsessed with this young girl while she is asleep and the love letters he publishes about her speak to the masses.
The bitter, semi-libertine, unromantic protagonist becomes The Maestro of Love. It is a subversive sleeping beauty fairytale. After all, a girl who is sleeping cannot be truly known or consent to sex. In my own humble opinion, this book is a call to the audience to re-examine the way we consume stories. I understand, however, that whenever the word "love" is involved alongside beautiful prose, someone's bound to senselessly and shamelessly romanticize it.
So, in short, I wouldn't say this novel was written by a pedophile. It was written by a journalist. See 1 question about Memoria de mis putas tristes…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Memoria de mis putas tristes. 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.
His career never rose above second-rate reporter, he never married and never even fell in love. His personal relationships with women were limited to the whores he paid for.
A most unfulfilled life. But then, for a present for his 90th birthday, he gives himself a 14 year-old virgin, a would-be whore. Exhausted from menial labou 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. Exhausted from menial labour and drugged-up with valerian by the brothel madame, she sleeps every night they spend together, her sleeping and he sitting on a chair next to her bed.
In love with the idea of his sleeping beauty. This is a poetic, sensual book that many reviewers, unable to see beyond their own ideas of fitness, have condemned as tawdry, a paean to pedophilia and just plain sick. But it isn't. It's the last flowering of a rose; touched by frost it should have died but instead is more glorious, more beautiful because it is so unseasonal, a real surprise.
What it says about the nature of men's love for young beauty is age-old: look good, be quiet and demure, and let him be the dominant one, is taken to an extreme here.
Love changes everything. Despite his 90 years, the old, old man walks with a spring in his step, his head held high and smiling to the world. He has an epiphany, 'sex is the consolation one has for not finding enough love' and writes about love in his weekly columns in the local newspaper. This brings him the fame, respect and friendship he had craved all his life. In his 91st year, at last, he has found fulfillment.
Read May 1, Update I've been reading other reviews and it seems that people think this book is about paedophilia, some Lolita book. Nothing could be further from the truth. The whores and loveless sex without dreams or commitment didn't bring the old man happiness. Now, not having sex but just sitting beside a sleeping girl and dreaming and falling in love with the dream, has brought about a sea change.
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 to all who see him.
This is a brilliant book. It is the last book, the final jewel inset into the crown that is the literature of GGM. Do not hold back because of what you've heard. Do not misinterpret and see what isn't there. This book is the musings of a life without much happiness, not sex, and the girl is no more molested than was Snow White resting in her glass case with only her beauty on show. I wrote this update purely because both on GR and in my shop people "have heard" about this book and so don't think they want to read it.
December 4th, View all 82 comments. The review I wrote for amazon. A curious and lovely book In the US, we understand sexy but we struggle with the erotic. We read the body like we read the newspaper, by habit; with a glance. Our real failure in love is our failure to take our time. It's not in our nature to wait, to sample, to savor. We rush into love as if we were late to an appointment.
The book is a seduction and moves at that quiet lazy confident pace. The protagonist turns 90 and, mindful of his mortality, wants what he's never had: "A night of wild love with an adolescent virgin. And, what do we want to remember, everything, everyone we've ever loved.
Memory, though, is an admission of loss. Desire is our strategy to reclaim what was lost. Of course, memory is a trickster In this book as in life, it is the approach, it is anticipation, that sets us on fire. View all 4 comments. Cela prostorija je odisala njenom intimom. Tema kojom se koristio u s Cela prostorija je odisala njenom intimom. No,da li je ljubav nedozvoljena emocija? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. If anyone else had written this book it would have been a masterpiece. Unfortunately, it was written by the man who wrote Years of Solitude and therefore is looked upon as a lesser work.
There is no denying that Gabriel Garcia Marquez was one of the most influential storytellers of the 20th century. His contribution in taking magical realism out of the small towns of Latin America and bringing it to the world will be talked about for hundreds of years to come.
Memoria de mis putas tristes (Memories of My Melancholy Whores)
Memoria de mis putas tristes