Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez audiobook

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

By Gabriel García Márquez
Translated by Edith Grossman
Read by Thom Rivera

Blackstone Publishing
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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 her 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, 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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

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 her 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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“García Márquez…has composed, with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humor, a love letter to the dying light.” John Updike
“Luminous…The cunning of Memories of My Melancholy Whores lies in the utter—and utterly unexpected—reliability of its narrator.” New York Times Book Review
“Profoundly haunting…Fiction of the very highest order.” Times Literary Supplement
“Masterful. Erotic. As hypnotizing as it is disturbing.” Los Angeles Times
“Unforgettable…Classic García Márquez.” Washington Post
“For heaven’s sake read it. It is as accomplished a piece of storytelling as you are likely to find on the shelves today.” Chicago Tribune
“The Colombian master storyteller’s latest novel is grounded in the steamy atmosphere and gamey politics of his native country; at the same time, in the universality of its theme, it transcends the peculiar traits of his bougainvillea-filled homeland. Composed with the metaphorical lyricism of a parable but without that narrative form’s usual moralizing intent, García Marquez’s novel briefly but piquantly captures a single year toward the end of a long string of years in the life of a nonagenarian…García Marquez’s beautiful, poignant story both avoids sentimentality and escapes salaciousness.” Booklist (starred review)
“Flashes of García Márquez’s brilliant imagery…illuminate the novella, and there are striking insights into the euphoria that is the flip side of the fear of death.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Easier to Consume as an Audiobook

Márquez gives us a story of optimism and sorrow. Optimism for continued happiness in the life of the ninety-year-old protagonist. Sorrow in having never really experienced love. This story is told with the same elegance as other Márquez stories. Even the most brutal depictions are recounted in a way that makes them seem like fields of flowers without falling into the trap of coming off as purple prose.

As with any Márquez story, it should be listened to multiple times. Each listen will provide new insight into the story. Like Cormac McCarthy’s fiction, Márquez can be difficult to read in print because of dialogue built into paragraphs without any quotation marks to create easily recognizable dialog and no subchapters to evoke natural pause points. Often times, narration results in the loss of aspects contained in the print version. In the case of this audiobook, Thom Rivera deftly uses distinct character voicing and dramatic pacing to cut out the confusion for the listener, demonstrating that some audiobooks can enhance and clarify a story.

Author

Author Bio: Gabriel García Márquez

Author Bio: Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) was an author, journalist, and pioneer of the Latin American boom. Among his many books are The Autumn of the Patriarch, No One Writes to the Colonel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Living to Tell the Tale, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and of course the classic One Hundred Years of Solitude. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English