Memories of my melancholy whores

Over the last couple of days, I have been catching up with reading a bit, and today, one more book changed places from the ‘To be read’ mountain in my library to the ‘Completed’ mound. This time, it is ‘Memories of my melancholy whores’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


melancholy_051219110226033_wideweb__300x473I picked up this book a couple of months back at the bookstore, intrigued by the excerpt on it, and then I decided to read it for the OT Challenge. The storyline sounded like something different, and I had heard such a lot about Marquez that I went for it.

Note: Plot revealed


The excerpt on the book sums it up pretty well:


On the eve of his ninetieth 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 assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, and 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……


Yes, the story is about a man who has spent the most part of his life looking for love amidst a number of women, who finally does find it with an innocent fourteen-year-old, when he himself is ninety.


How was my first experience with Marquez? I found the book pretty dark and depressing, till the point where the protagonist discovers love. It then turns tender and the tone of the book changes. Love changes the protagonist from an embittered old man to a ‘lover’, putting tenderness and beauty in his heart and eyes. The magic of the discovery of first love was the part I liked the most in the book; however, in terms of narration of the story and the plot, I found the book very OK-ish.


I do look forward to reading more of Marquez, though, before I frame a definite opinion about the author, especially his classics ‘Love in the time of cholera’ and ‘One hundred years of solitude’.


The OT Read-o-meter now points at 8 books, with the last one in the pipeline.

I think this song suits the book pretty well:



Filed under Music, Reading Ramana

7 responses to “Memories of my melancholy whores

  1. never read any book by marquez.. but this one sounds absolutely interesting as well.. going to definitely pick up some book by marquez in 2009:)

    oh, i see.. me too planning to read more of marquez in 2009. 🙂 do let me know how you found this one…

  2. Actually I too didn’t like this book..And I read One hundred Years of solitude after this, and my opinion about the author didnt change much after the book…

    oh, ok… i have heard a lot about ‘love in the time of cholera’ and ‘one hundred years of solitude’… marquez fans tell me both are gr8 reads… need to check out soon… 🙂

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  4. I don’t know how you are able to read so many books… I tend to sleep exactly after 20 pages of reading any book!

    Destination Infinity

    he he.. so many books? i don’t read as much as i would love to.. but still… whatever i can manage i do.. 🙂

  5. I don’t know, why can’t I bring myself to pick his books.. I am afraid of not liking him… 😦 I am so sure that I don’t pick his books up at all..

    But I will most definitely!

    Awesome new look girl – Christmas-yy spirit loaded 🙂

    i guess i have this problem with a few authors too… i have heard such a lot of them, but i m afraid of not liking them, and so i don’t pick them up at all.. guess it happens.. its time i learnt to shed these inhibitions, though.. i m working on it 🙂

    thanks! glad u noticed and liked the new template… me liked the feel of christmas that it gives too.. 🙂

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  7. I haven’t read this book but i would say don’t give up on Garcia Marquez without reading Love in the time of Cholera by Garcia Marquez

    sure… i do want to give the book u have mentioned a shot… 🙂

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