Summary

On the eve of his 90th birthday, a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin. As is his habit - he has purchased hundreds of women - he asks a madam for her assistance. The 14-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known.
Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to a master's work.
©2005 Gabriel García Márquez (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Dina on 02-05-14

Fascinting but Disturbing

What disappointed you about Memories of My Melancholy Whores?

Pictures formed in my mind of wrinkled hands of a 90yr old man caressing a 14yr old girl made me cringe throughout the book. What is more disturbing is the implication that the girl is initially hurt by the old man not having "de-flowered" her in their first naked meeting!! Rather than relieved!! And it goes on with this narcissistic illusions of this old man with the woman-pimp informing him that the girl is madly in love with him. Errr, did I miss an irony intended here by Marquez?? If you can stomach the repulsive erotic scenes this book offers a lot of life wisdom about old age and life.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gabriel García Márquez again?

Absolutely, he is a magnificent writer

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 07-01-17

Interesting take on a love story

Short and sweet, humorous story. An interesting version of a love story. I recommend this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By William E. Hendry on 13-09-15

Manual for men turning 90.

What made the experience of listening to Memories of My Melancholy Whores the most enjoyable?

My first book from Senor Marquis was "Chronicles Of A Death Foretold". It was in a Playboy Magazine great books review. That was 25 years ago, and I have not missed a word he has written since. This book is further testimony of his great skill and eloquence with language and the powerful range of events he has lived or seen lived and sculptured in poetic, exotic colors and sounds of a rain forest.

What other book might you compare Memories of My Melancholy Whores to and why?

see above.

What about Thom Rivera’s performance did you like?

He captured well the voice and rhythm of GGM.!

If you could rename Memories of My Melancholy Whores, what would you call it?

Excercise Manual For Men Of 90 Years

Any additional comments?

Read it.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Carl on 12-05-14

Alright but to Melodramatic and Self Centered

As a Cuban it's PC for me to say that Spanish writers tend to be way to melodramatic and with too big an air of self-importance. What saves the story is that it is leveled off with the honesty of some of the characters imperfections and insecurities. Not really my kind of story but had to try because of the "legend" of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But legend or not the story about a "dirty" old man is more pitiful than great.

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