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Of Love and Other Demons

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  36,205 Ratings  ·  1,487 Reviews
On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria, the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth-century South American seaport, is bitten by a rabid dog. Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a convent for observation. And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already dreamed about a girl with hair trailing after her like a bridal train. As he ten ...more
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Published May 2nd 1995 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1994)
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Aida Delaura confessed to the Bishop everything, with the exception of his love for the girl. The Bishop felt his interactions with the Dr were bordering…moreDelaura confessed to the Bishop everything, with the exception of his love for the girl. The Bishop felt his interactions with the Dr were bordering on heresy, as forbidden books were considered treasonous. Rather than have him go in front of a tribunal, he vanquished him to the lepers hospital ward. (Somethings lose their meaning in the translation.) (less)
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Laura
Dec 12, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Ritwik
Jul 07, 2015 Ritwik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instead of writing a review by jotting down my bleak understanding of the glorious book by Gabo I thought of weaving a little tale based on it and using the characters along with the principle symbolism in the book-




'Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses'

As always I,Father Delaura lost focus and stumbled on my way to the Bishop's room where I was invited to witness an eclipse. In the cloistered silence I found the bishop in a pensive mood holding a smoked
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Kelly
May 25, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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
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Vane J.
Mar 10, 2016 Vane J. rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vane by: ♛Tash
This book was like a punch in the gut. And it left me with little to no words, so this review will be short and vague so as to not spoiling anything.

Set in the 18th century, 12-year-old Sierva María is bitten by a dog and people believe her to be posessed by a demon. Thus they send her to a convent where Cayetano Delaura meets her and falls in intense love.

Honestly, it's very simple, and yet there's so much in it. The writing is so atmospheric, and this is enhanced by the subtle magical realism
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Franco  Santos
2.5 estrellas.

El primer libro que leo de Gabriel García Márquez y tengo que decir que me gustó. Es una novela corta, que se lee en una sentada.

-¡Qué lejos estamos!
-¿De qué?
-De nosotros mismos.


El inicio es interesante, aunque tengo que admitir que me costó involucrarme con la historia. Luego todo se empieza a esclarecer en el segundo capítulo y, a partir de ahí, el relato se disfruta mucho más.

No hay medicina que cure lo que no cura la felicidad.

En algunas partes se me hizo bastante pesado por el
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♛Tash
Jun 23, 2015 ♛Tash rated it it was amazing




I recently watched the movie version of this book, and I did not love it, mostly because I only understand the most rudimentary of Spanish and the movie's English subtitles were horrible. Regardless, I still bawled like a baby, because Of Love and Other Demons is one of the most, if not the most, tragic story I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Of Love and Other Demons is the story of a pre-teen girl Sierva Maria, her affliction which is mistaken as demon possession and her days with Father Ca
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Ian
May 08, 2013 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Gearóid
May 04, 2014 Gearóid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

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
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Linda Abhors the New GR Design
My favorite Gabo book so far (and Ive 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 favoritesshelf 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 Im not the only one whos noticed the trend of men falling in love with prepubescent girls in Gabos works--that wasnt the author we studied in col
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Ahmed
Jun 10, 2016 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

إذًا فالحب عند ماركيز شيطان ،يُخرج الوقور عن وقاره،ويذهب بالعقل إلى الشتات فلا تدري كنه أفعالهوتصرفاته،فالحب هو الشيطان الأكبر.

نحن أمام رواية احتاجت فكرتها لأربعة عقود لتختمر في عقل ماركيز،ويخرجها إلى النور،هي رواية عن جنون البشر وعادتهم الغريبة المريبة،هي رواية عن سطوة الدين وجهل رجاله وجبروت تأثيره،رواية عن جمال الروح ودناسة الجسد،عن عالم غريب من البشر وتقاليدهم وعاداتهم

الفكرة في عظمة ماركيز قدرته الرهيبة على إخراج رواية متكاملة من موقف بسيط مرّ به.

الرواية جميلة بتضعك في عالمها المنسوج بمهارة
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Lavinia
Aug 03, 2015 Lavinia rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2010
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
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Suad Shamma
Jan 15, 2016 Suad Shamma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2014, classics
This is perhaps the most disturbing love story that I've ever read. EVER. But that's what makes it so hauntingly great.

I have slowly been working through Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books, and I've yet to be disappointed by his work. This is such a fascinating tragic tale of love that it completely supersedes Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in my opinion.

A tale that brings to question love, faith, parenthood and so much more. You have a young girl, thought to be demonic and possessed, who was bitt
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Jason
Dec 17, 2012 Jason added it
Shelves: read-2011
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
Denis
Dec 01, 2008 Denis rated it really liked it
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
Ravi Gangwani
Mar 01, 2016 Ravi Gangwani rated it it was amazing

'Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.'

'The Enemy makes better use of our intelligence than of our errors.'

'Dominga de Adviento, a black women, believed in two religions at the same time because what she did not find in one faith was there in the other.'

'Dulce Olivia found consolation in nostalgia of her unrequited love.'

Once I was speaking to my room-mate. I told him about the helplessness of people in India ... Sometimes their senses are so raped by the
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Ali Reda
Oct 27, 2015 Ali Reda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
The last 30 pages changed my opinion completely. Instead of giving it 2 stars, I gave it 4. The improbable and impossible love, in which obsession acts as a demonic possession causing insanity in those involved, however from the darkness of madness, beauty emerges that haunts you forever.
Sonia M
Jun 07, 2016 Sonia M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite, novels
Μετά το δάγκωμα ενός λυσσασμένου σκύλου, η Σιέρβα Μαρία θεωρείται δαιμονισμένη και κλείνεται σε αυστηρό μοναστήρι με απόφαση του πατέρα της και ενός επισκόπου. Η ατίθαση φύση της δε βοηθά καθόλου ν'αλλάξει η διάγνωση. Μεγαλωμένη από τους σκλάβους της οικογένειάς της και έχοντας γαλουχηθεί με τις αφρικάνικες παγανιστικές παραδόσεις, η 12χρονη ηρωίδα δεν μπορεί να προσαρμοστεί με τίποτα στο σαβουάρ βιβρ των Κρεολών ούτε στις επιταγές της χριστιανικής θρησκείας. Ο επίσκοπος της Ιεράς Εξέτασης στέλν ...more
Mango
Jul 25, 2016 Mango rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
มีอะไรบางอยางทีรูสึกวามันซำๆ
นีกเคยอานมารเกซแคไมกีเลมหรอก เลยไมรูวาเพราะเราไปลำเอียงเลม "100 ปีแหงความโดดเดียว" วามันรวม element เจงทีสุดไวหมดแลว เลมนีเลยรูสึกวามันแคดึง subplot ของเลม 100 ปีฯ ออกมาใชแคนัน

แตกแพตรงวิธีเลาอีกแลว นีขนาดจะกระแนะหระแหนวายุคลาแมมดนีชางมีแตคนบา กยังเขียนถึงไดแบบกวี กวี มีความเปรียบแปลกๆ แบบทีชอบ

สรุปแบบกระชับคือ นีคือโรมิโอ & จูเลียต เวอรชันโรคพิษสุนัขบา แลวกมีแมชีบาๆ และครอบครัวบาๆ
เซียรวา มาเรียควรมาเกิดใหมเปนพรีเซนเตอรแชมพู เธออาจมีชีวิตทีดีกวานี
(นีกเปนคอมเมนต
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Paulina
Mar 05, 2016 Paulina rated it it was amazing
Primer libro de García Marquéz y me encantó.
Definitivamente encontraré otro de él.
Shane
Apr 14, 2010 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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MizCreatrix NY
Oct 08, 2011 MizCreatrix NY rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: An insomniac
I so wanted to love this book. Touted as a captivating, enchanting and even "edgy" work of storytelling hinged with elements of magical realism, "Of Love and Other Demons" seemed like a promising novel that would haunt me psychologically and emotionally.

Instead, I ended up dreading everything about it.

Quick plot review (spoilers contained): Young girl gets bit by a supposed rabid dog. Said girl is subsequently believed to be possessed by a demon. Girl is sent off to a convent to be "healed"? exo
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Zoe
Jun 27, 2008 Zoe rated it it was amazing
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
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صلاح القرشي
في رواية عن الحب وشياطين أخرى ..يعود بنا ماركيز للقرن الثامن عشر ..مفتتحا هذه الرواية بحديث ماركيز نفسه حول خبر صحفي عن تفريغ قبور أحد الأديرة التاريخية

( ابتدأت الخطوة الأولى بتفريغ القبور وتسليم البقايا لمن يطالب بها ودفن الباقي في حفرة مشتركة )

ثم

( وفي الكوة الثالثة للمذبح الأكبر الى جانب المكان الذي يوضع فيه الإنجيل وجدت الخبر الذي أنشده ..تحطمت شاهدة القبر من أول ضربة معول وانبعثت جديلة حية ذات لون نحاسي كثيف, حاول رئيس العمال إخراجها كاملة بمساعدة عماله لكنهم كانوا كلما سحبوا منها جزءً تبد
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Chris
Nov 03, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Miguel
Jul 12, 2014 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«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.
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Marina
Feb 09, 2015 Marina rated it it was amazing
Gabo, your death marked the end of the magic on this planet...

Who wants to live forever is a tricky question, but if we had to choose one man who would never meet his creator, I am sure we, the book lovers all over the world would have picked you, unanimously.

What am I going to do when I will read all of your lines? Re-read them? Re-live them?
Love... The never ending source of your inspiration.
Love can drive you mad, but, we all know that we will never survive in this world unless we get a lit
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Bogdan Liviu
Dec 01, 2013 Bogdan Liviu rated it did not like it
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
Shayantani Das
May 24, 2016 Shayantani Das rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why even bother with a review, it is Marquez, it is magic. It has the power to make you miss your station in the metro and spend restless nights thinking about its meaning.
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Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. García Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and late worked as a reporter for the Colombian ne
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