Thursday, 28 April 2011
Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Review - This book was written in 2005 and Marquez was born in 1927, so the author was 78 years old at the time of publication. One can ask if this is a book about an old man's dream. Marquez is another author who doesn't appeal to all. I have read one of his other books 'One Hundred years of Solitude' which I enjoyed. The one theme that does seem to run between these two stories is love and sex in a debauched way. I like the South American writers, the way they write with ease about love, sex and lust which is central to many of their books. This book does not focus on folklore and spiritual beliefs which is also a common theme in Latin writing.
Marquez' character is a selfish man, look at the odd relationship with his housekeeper. He does not want commitment with any woman, just a desire to fulfill his sexual needs. The story is well written and an easy read, but it may not appeal to everyone. 3*