Of Love and Other Demons
Amid the lush, coastal tropics of an eighteenth-century South American seaport, an unruly, copper-haired girl and a bookish priest are caught in a chaste, ill-fated love affair. Sierva Maria, the only child of a decaying noble family, has been raised in the slave quarters of her father's mansi...more
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'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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more
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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
And so a story is bor ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*mental debate on who's a better story teller ...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more
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
In this book he embellishes on the story of a saint, a young girl who died at age 12 from r ...more
( ابتدأت الخطوة الأولى بتفريغ القبور وتسليم البقايا لمن يطالب بها ودفن الباقي في حفرة مشتركة )
( 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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more
O fată este muşcată de un câine t ...more
He studied at the University of Bogotá and late worked as a reporter for the Colombian ne ...more