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Del amor y otros demonios

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El 26 de octubre de 1949 el reportero Gabriel García Márquez fue enviado al antiguo convento de Santa Clara, que iba a ser demolido para edificar sobre él un hotel de cinco estrellas, a presenciar el vaciado de las criptas funerarias y a cubrir la noticia. Se exhumaron los restos de un virrey del Perú y su amante secreta, un obispo, varias abadesas, un bachiller de artes y...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published March 28th 2005 by Sudamericana (first published 1994)
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Kelly
May 25, 2007 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marquez fans, lovers of beautiful language
This was not the first book of Marquez's that I have read. I read Love in the Time of Cholera when I was in my late teens. I found it so utterly surreal and unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I wasn't sure if I liked it, precisely, but I knew that I wanted more. I was gripped by it, possessed by it, which was not quite the same experience as 'liking' a novel, exactly.

The next one I picked up after that was this one. Of Love and Other Demons. I can safely say that I felt the same way...more
Laura
This book starts off very slowly and almost slyly, as if someone has started telling a long-winded story and you're really not paying attention, and then, halfway through the story you realize that you're hanging onto every word. If Garcia Marquez explored the metaphor or love as a disease in "Love in the Time of Cholera", then here he centers his story around the metaphor of love as madness and demonic possession. I think the metaphor actually works better than the cholera one. This book feels...more
Samadrita
I have always drawn parallels between Marquez and Murakami not only because of the common element of magical realism so discernible in their works, but also because of their talent for splendid imagery.
But it goes without saying, there's a pronounced difference between their styles as well.

While I understood perfectly well that Murakami likes to crack open the spine of a city bustling with life and activity on the surface and fish out its soul from the intimidating depths of its anatomy, Marque...more
K.
Marquez begins his story with a note. In this note, he describes arriving at a convent in the process of being emptied and turned into a luxury hotel. Laborers unearthed "three generations of bishops and abbesses and other eminent personages" until, at last, they came to a niche of the high altar where they found the tomb of a twelve-year old girl called Sierva Maria de Todos Los Angeles. She had hair the color of copper and it flowed out of her head twenty-two metres long.

And so a story is bor...more
Gary
Really incredible!
This was only a very short book but every sentence was really beautiful and I just took my time to savour every word.
I'm not sure what magical realism is but it this is magical realism then I love it!!!!
Not only did Marques write amazing prose but he was also a great storyteller.
Have read a good few of his books but now must read them all!

Ian
It seems this is one you either love or are indifferent to. I found myself leaning toward the indifferent. The underlying story of a young girl being removed from the comforts of wealth based upon misdiagnosis and ignorance is of itself fascinating, the scene setting fabulous. To overlay that with a doomed romance between a handsome priest and a prepubescent girl is heady stuff, then further layered with themes of the demonic and the insane, and yet it simply failed to enliven my senses. Maybe p...more
Denis
My introduction to Garcia Marquez. Loved it from the first sentence to the last, and fell immediately under the spell of his famous "magical realism" (which infuses the story itself as well as the way it's written). It is magical indeed, and wonderfully sad as the love stories we want to read about should be - it's also, despite being relatively short, epic in a way that, I sense, is typical of Garcia Marquez' world. Some could reduce it to a fairy tale for adult - it is really much more than th...more
Lavinia
Yummy, captivating reading, from the very first sentence. There's a lot of blah about the book, just look around, plenty of reviews and opinions; everything is magic of course, and the story telling*, oh! the story telling is absolutely fantastic, so I'll just make a confession: I have a terrible, secret passion for priests who fall madly in love and run away with the object of their desire, go nuts or do something crazy. Here, not so secret any more.

*mental debate on who's a better story teller...more
Miguel
«O corpo humano não está feito para os anos que poderíamos viver.»

O amor levar-nos-á eternamente à condição mais sufocante e libertadora, porque se alimenta das nossas vontades e ilusões incontidas… Mas a vida sem sonhos e quimeras é certamente desconsolada e insípida, segundo a perspectiva dos personagens viventes de Do Amor e Outros Demónios !

Gabriel García Márquez escreve sem pudor e com muita consistência. Não duvidamos das histórias que cria, com coesão, habilidade e contexto histórico....more
Jason
I must admit that while I enjoyed this immensely, I did not enjoy it as much as most other Marquez. It isn't just that I have grown tired of his pedophilia storylines, though that doesn't help, but rather that this story doesn't do as interesting job of blending the real and the fantastic and the moment that opens the story, so beautiful in its absurdity, seems to bear little resemblance to the story that follows, which is a shame because a concentration on the fantastic, rather than the mundane...more
Zoe
I saw this described in another review as “mesmerizing.” Yes, it was mesmerizing. It’s made my Favorites list, but I can’t really describe it. It starts off with an author’s note. The author prefaces the story with a description of a visit he had made to a crypt. When a tomb is opened & 2,000 years worth of live, copper colored hair spills out Gabriel is suddenly reminded of a story he heard long ago.

In this book he embellishes on the story of a saint, a young girl who died at age 12 from r...more
Carmo Santos
Pobre Sierva Maria; odiada pela mãe e ignorada pelo pai, cresceu rebelde no meio dos escravos, com poucos vislumbres de carinho ou amor.
Quis a sua pouca sorte que uma dentada de cão raivoso ditasse o seu futuro e a atirasse nas malhas da ignorância. Não foi a raiva felina que a derrotou, foi a intolerância de quem a devia ter defendido. Apavorada pela perseguição reage da única forma possível:dissimula o medo com selvajaria e dá razão a quem a acusa. Não fossem as contrariedades do destino, e a...more
Emir Never
Some ventures we have to be prepared for like putting up your own business, proposing a marriage, or Gabriel García Márquez.

One can hardly come up with a list of benefits for sporadic, lazy reading habits, but I'll count reading the acknowledged wizard of magical realism this late in my life a consequential blessing all the same. I don't think I'd appreciate this book if I were a decade younger, my concentration then would be highly suspect. Ironically, reading Of Love and Other Demons now is l...more
Chris
I don't regret having delayed completing Of Love and Other Demons for several years as I don't think I would have appreciated this novella half of much when I first started. My impression then was that this was a slow-moving story with much description but little happening. How wrong I was!

The title is so apt as this is an exploration of how obsessions can take precedence over basic humanity. The enigma that is Sierva Maria is the catalyst for upheaval in a coastal Colombian town (a fictionalise...more
Luís
Do Amor e Outros Demónios...

Só mesmo Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez para contar uma história tão pequena e ao mesmo tempo tão profunda e impossível de esquecer.
Com este livro é possível aprender que todos temos demónios dentro de nós(nossos defeitos, mágoas,ódios...).O amor acontece não quando conseguimos eliminá-los do outro,mas justamente quando estamos dispostos a enfrentá-los dia após dia porque no fundo sabemos que o amor é o melhor dos exorcistas.
Alexia
Aug 13, 2007 Alexia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dreamers
Almost a fairytale, this book is an incredible bed time story. Makes you wonder if Garcia Marquez was told this story by his Grandmother or another elder woman in his village. It is dark and sad and ultimately love becomes a demon. A demon that you can't live with or without. Despite it's depressing denouement Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite writers for his lyrical and romantic sense of plot. The barriers between the living and the dead are sheer at best and the extreme power and control of...more
Pina Varriale
Un piccolo capolavoro di un grande della letteratura.
L.S.
Cu ceva timp în urmă am avut un vis sau mi-am imaginat – nu pot să îmi dau seama – un castel în a cărui temniţă era închisă o tânără cu părul lung. Ea era vizitată în timpul nopţii de unul care avea capacitatea de a se deplasa pe ziduri, inclusiv în poziţii nefireşti, a la Dracula lui Bram Stoker. Nu aş putea să-mi explic această superpoziţie ciudată cu ideile lui Marquez. Poate că se datorează faptului că ideile nu sunt ale nimănui; zboară primprejur ca îngerii.

O fată este muşcată de un câine t...more
Jake
Freshman year in high school we were assigned Marquez's "No One Writes to the Colonel", which was not exactly an easy read (a description from Wikipedia: "the story of an impoverished, retired colonel, a veteran of the Thousand Days War, who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised some fifteen years earlier.") The experience turned me off to reading Marquez until I was forced to read "100 Years of Solitude" a few years later. It's too bad "Of Love and Other Demons" wasn't available ba...more
Linda
My favorite Gabo book so far (and I´ve read more than one or two).

I was just going to leave it at that, but since I just finished it, I may as well write down why it merits space on my ¨favorites¨shelf while I still have the taste of black beans and rice in my mouth and the smell of the ocean in my hair......

First, I am happy to see in other reviews that I´m not the only one who´s noticed the trend of men falling in love with prepubescent girls in Gabo´s works--that wasn´t the author we studied...more
Christina Wilder
Take the disturbing tale of Lolita, add in the spiritual soul-searching of The Bridge of San Luis Rey, the horror of The Exorcist, as well as gorgeous prose, and you have this book.

A man abandons his lover for another woman, who is struck by a lightning bolt and killed. His scorned lover, who used to communicate to him by way of leaving notes in paper folded into the shape of birds and left in a nearby tree, leaves "a storm" of paper birds, all written with the ominous message "That lightening...more
Bogdan Liviu
Dezamagirea e colosala pentru c-am fost extrem de entuziasmat s-o citesc. Nu m-a captivat absolut deloc, mi-a fost cu neputinta sa ma atasez de vreun personaj. Poate-s prea batran pentru a mai citi cu pasiune despre superstitiile oamenilor "religiosi". Nici relatia bolnava dintre preot si fata respectiva n-a avut impact, dar inteleg de ce unora le-a placut atat de mult, sunt teme interesante abordate, imi pare rau ca am avut atatea asteptari - poate de-asta sunt si atat de drastic in rating, n-a...more
Maya
Jul 18, 2007 Maya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone!
this is my favorite book of all time. i really like marquez and how he mixes the fantastic with everyday life. it's like he and his characters are from another planet... one that's very similar to earth, but just a bit off. like a planet you'd find on an episode of sliders. (i feel that recently i've been using sliders to describe a lot of things...)

anyway, i can read this book over and over. it's been a while since i read it so i would feel silly giving it a comprehensive review here, but maybe...more
Imelda
Не е шедьовър, но е всичко, заради което, тези които го обичаме, четем Маркес. Много цвят, много аромат, подмолна тъга, пълзяща разруха, вибрациите на неминуемото бедствие. И красота. И любов.
Em
This is the second Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel that I have finished next to Memories of My Melancholy Whores. I like this better since there are more characters and events. In addition to that, the lines were delivered sharply.

The center of the novel is the twelve-year-old girl Sierva Maria. Her out-of-this-world manner was mistaken to be caused by demon possession. After being suspected as rabies victim, she was sent to the convent for her treatment and exorcism.

Cayetano Delaura, a priest who...more
Shane
Garcia Marquez has the remarkable ability to take the reader into a surreal world where the decaying remnants of empire, the suffocation of religion, superstition, prejudice and the underbelly of human existence replete with bodily emissions and odours are laid bare. He also reveals the consequences of living in a world without love.

In this book, based on a discovery he reported on as a young journalist, of a 200 year-old skeleton with a growing head of copper coloured hair discovered in an old...more
Kristal
The book begins with an introduction by Márques, explaining that while on assignment for a local newspaper, he was sent to a cemetery that was being moved due to the property being sold. While there, he witnessed one of the crypts opened and out flowed 22 meters of living hair belonging to the remains of a 200 year-old girl. The discovery reminded him of a story he had heard about a young girl who had been bitten by a rabid dog but was believed to have been able to preform miracles, giving her a...more
Victoria
“Del amor y otros demonios” por Gabriel García Márquez es una lectura divertida. Este cuento de hada oscuro demuestra la genialidad de García Márquez y su domino sobre la lengua. Emplea lenguaje descriptiva para crear un mundo que combina lo fantástico y lo verdadero como en los mejores de los cuentos que su abuelita le contaba antes de dormirse durante su juventud. Me perdí en el mundo de Sierva María, la marquesita con una coleta de cobre. El libro tiene aspectos horrendos, como el exorcismo d...more
Shaun
In Of Love and Other Demons Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells a tragic tale in which the entire cast of characters is haunted by some personal demon, all except Sierva Maria, a young girl who is bitten by a rabid dog and eventually turned over to the nuns of the Convent of Santa Clara because it is believed she is indeed possessed by a real demon.

Elegantly written and extremely insightful, Marquez's honesty is admirable. His writing is engaging and thoughtful, while his story and characters are too...more
Bunny
Ogni tanto sento il bisogno di leggere Marquez, autore che non riesco ad affrontare sempre perchè ho bisogno di essere ben predisposta per dedicarmi ai suoi temi.
Qui l'introduzione cattura più di tutto il resto: il ritrovamento del cadavere di Sierva Maria De Todos Los Angeles dal cui cranio crescono ancora metri e metri di capelli rossi fiammanti. Da qui, parte tutta la storia che vi porterà a conoscere questa bambina che, in seguito al morso di un cane rabbioso, verrà rinchiusa in un convento...more
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