Memories of My Melancholy Whores
By Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Author: Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pub Date: October 25, 2005
Don’t be misled by the number of pages—though it’s a short book, its rich with tormented love, drama, and passion. The character, himself, is multi-layered, driven by nostalgia, dignity, indulgence and denial. He is tormented with lust, illusion, love, repression and longing. His desire is fuelled by regret.
It’s a mouthful of a book within so few pages. The writing has a poetic cadence without a superficiality that needs to impress. The language and internal dialogue is read with such ease, such passion is believable and even encouraged. The main character is obviously flawed, and loss, inevitable. Yet, if you’re a romantic, even a remotely secret one, you’ll enjoy this passionate novella.
(Might I suggest you read this by candlelight, a cozy blanket, and a fine red wine?)