Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  30,540 ratings  ·  1,909 reviews
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

"Garcí­a Márquez has composed, with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humor, a love letter to the dying light."--John Updike, The New Yorker

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 assis

...more
Mass Market Paperback, First Vintage International Open-Market Edition, 115 pages
Published November 2006 by Vintage International (first published 2004)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Petra X
To enjoy this book you have to enter the mind and world of this old, old man, living the last years of his life in poverty in the once-grand, decaying house of his youth. His career never rose above second-rate reporter, he never married and never even fell in love. His personal relationships with women were limited to the whores he paid for. A most unfulfilled life.

But then, for a present for his 90th birthday, he gives himself a 14 year-old virgin, a would-be whore. Exhausted from menial labou...more
Kelly
This is it everyone- The most depressing book I have read. Ever. Yes. This book. Not the ones about the holocaust, brutal wars, awful diseases... this book. About an old man who has only ever slept with whores. I don't know why it got to me like it did, but I would read a few pages and feel physically sick to my stomach. It's not the subject matter (it's interesting), it's not the writing (he's Marquez)... it's just this sense of awfulness. This awful awful life he's lead, and what he has never...more
Amanda
On a certain level, I truly enjoyed "Memories of My Melancholy Whores". I am always ready to be swept up in the simple whimsy of G.G.M's language, and the sweeping romance and dramatic emotion of his work always appeals to me. But on another very real level I found this book disturbing and sexist.
The book's theme is strikingly reminiscent of "Talk to Her", a recent Almodovar film. Both deal with men who build flowery romantic/erotic relationships in their minds with a completely passive sleeping...more
Lynda
"The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin. I'm ugly, shy and anachronistic. But by dint of not wanting to be those things I have pretended to be just the opposite. Until today, when I have resolved to tell of my own free will just what I'm like, if only to ease my conscience. The beginning of a new life at an age when most mortals have already died."

whores/

There is no subject in our society that is associated with more myths and misinf...more
Hilda
I really didn't like this story. The writing as always was wonderful - the descriptions, the language, the character development - all excellent. The story however was extremely disturbing and sad.

Chapter 1 in particular, when the narrator describes how upon turning 90 he decided he wanted to have sex with a young virgin was appalling. Then the local madam finds a 14 year old, poor, illiterate girl for him. He goes to see her and finds her asleep because she had been so afraid she had to be sed...more
Ian Paganus
Immortified

I’ve wondered for a long time how to talk to you about this. How to explain myself, if such a thing is necessary or possible. Should I even bother? Would you understand? Will you be able to see things from my point of view? Could you find it in your heart to forgive me?

Ironically, perhaps, if you believe in God, the Holy Spirit, then you might be more likely to understand me and therefore to forgive.

My desire is not so much that you understand what I have done. It’s more important tha...more
Robert
Dec 27, 2007 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Men who love women
The review I wrote for amazon.

A curious and lovely book

In the US, we understand sexy but we struggle with the erotic. We read the body like we read the newspaper, by habit; with a glance. Our real failure in love is our failure to take our time. It's not in our nature to wait, to sample, to savor. We rush into love as if we were late to an appointment. Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES doesn't rush. The book is a seduction and moves at that quiet lazy confident pace....more
Kwesi 章英狮
Life is so complicated to understand at the same time the working mind of every people, how they think, they act or develop in their entire life. When I was walking nearby a bar, I saw an old man wearing his new clothes bought from the department store while guided by his nurse and stick, and entered a bar. I cannot imagine such scene in my mind esepcially the sexual interaction between an old man and a very young lady.

In this novella, Gabriel García Márquez, put you into deepest imagination whi...more
Salma
قرأتها قبل سنوات
و لم يخطر لي أن أضيفها لقائمة كتبي
ربما لأني لم أكن أعتبرها شيئا على الإطلاق حتى أذكره
حتى فتحت بالصدفة صفحة الرواية و ذهلت من الحديث عنها، بل من أني قد كنت قرأتها فعلا و كل هذه الأمور الساحرة و الجميلة التي يتحدثون عنها لم أشعر بها... أذكر كل ما شعرت منها هو أنها أذتني...0
القالب الذي وضعت فيه مؤذ... الفكرة مؤذية... رؤيا المؤلف للحياة بحد ذاتها جعلتني أكره الحياة و أود لو أخرج من جلدي و لو صدقت هذه الرؤيا لأصبت بالنقمة على البشرية...0
لم أعد أذكر التفاصيل تماما، و لكنها عن رجل تسعين...more
فضيض
كتب الأستاذ العقاد مقالا في مناسبة عبوره سن الخمسين بأمان، ووتبعه بآخر عندما تجاوز الستين، وتبعه آخر عند السبعين بعد أن قطع سلالم الستين العشرة ومر على الرقم السبعيني بعنفوان الشيخوخة، وأوقفه الموت قبل أن يتيح له كتابه مقاله لتهنئة نفسه بعبوره عامه الثمانين، فكان العقاد إذن رجلًا سبعينًا، رحمه الله تعالى.

وحافظ إبراهيم قال في رأس الستين:

إني وقفتُ على الستيّن أسألها .. أسوّفتْ؟!، أم أعدّت حر أكفاني؟!

يقول هلى مُدّ في عمره ليشهد العقد السابع أم لا، ولم تسّوف ومات حافظ على رأس الستين، غقر الله تعال...more
Ema
I began reading this book in English, but something didn't feel right. The musicality of Márquez' writing was not there. I couldn't believe the old man changed his style over the years. I looked for the Romanian translation and felt relieved: everything sounded the way it should with Márquez. The poetry was still there. That was the first time I looked admiringly to my native language - it has its positive attributes after all, mainly the kinship with Latin. Now I may only imagine how the origin...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 04, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: Ayban
Shelves: drama, sex, funny, borrowed
A 90-year old man falls in love for the first time. He has been single all his life and pays whore to have sex with him. He is a writer and his boss does not want him to stop writing because people would like to know how it feels to be a ninety-year old man.

It is a novella (short novel) that you can finish in 2 hours. However, it took me 6 days to finish it because I read it along with somebody in our book club here in Goodreads. She is a lot younger than me and she also liked this book. It was...more
Amir
این کتاب آخرین داستان بلند گابریل گارسیا مارکز هست... کتاب در سال 2004 نوشته شده و ترجمه فارسی اسم کتاب میشه خاطرات روسپی های سودا زده من... کتاب در ایران با اسم خاطره دلبران سودازده من چاپ شد و بعد از اینکه چاپ شد وزارت ارشاد ممنوع اعلامش کرد و شروع کرد به جمع کردنش و با مسئولانی هم که مجوز چاپ داده بودن به شدت برخورد کرد و به نقل از خود وزارت ارشاد اخراجشون کرد... .
توضیح مختصری در مورد کتاب بگم براتون... سبک نوشتاری کتاب کاملا همون سبک آشنای مارکز هست... (گابریل گارسیا مارکز جزو نویسندگان مورد...more
Sarit
Garcia Marquez is getting tired. He dashed off this half-hearted little story and no publisher or faithful reader could resist the draw of his name. But if it had been someone's first work, it never would have been published.
Carmo Santos
"No ano dos meus noventa anos quis oferecer a mim mesmo uma noite de amor louco com uma adolescente virgem."

A julgar pelo titulo e pelo primeiro parágrafo, poder-se-ia pensar que este seria um livro todo malandreco com direito a risota. Puro engano, é exatamente o oposto. O característico bom humor de García Márques está presente em doses generosas, mas não é um humor virado para a piada fácil, é antes um humor fruto de muito conhecimento, de quem já viveu muito e já aprendeu a rir de si mesmo....more
Charu
Powerful book of a decrepit man taking refuge in lechery ??!!!! I don't think I enjoyed it much !

This was given to me by a friend and i loathed it in the purest sense ! The plot was repulsive based on pedophilia and prostitution...a nonagenarian who decides to bed a virgin on the eve of his ninetieth birthday (assuming it would be his last fling before death)

Author neither could make it erotic nor could he do any justice to the debate "love over sex" (the polemic quote - "sex is the consolatio...more
سپینود

من یک سئوال دارم؟ چطور می شود به کسی که این پروفایل را درست کرده دست یافت؟
به این دلیل که خواهش کنیم از این به بعد طرح روی جلد کتاب‌ها را، نه فقط این کتاب را، بگذارند.
این جا اگر هدف تشویق است برای کتاب‌خوانی باید چشم‌ها را هم به جلد کتاب‌ها اشنا کرد. زحمت چندانی هم ندارد.
من خودم شخصن دیگر کتاب‌های بدون عکس جلد اضافه نمی‌کنم. دیگر ان هم اگر این کار را کنند، آن وقت کسانی که پروفایل‌ها را می سازند دقت بیش‌تری می‌کنند.
Algernon
this novella shares a lot of the themes from Love in the Time of Cholera, with the main protagonist an old libertine reminiscing about his experiencens in the city's red quarter, who discovers that the heart is still capable of love regardless how old your bones are... and old fashioned romantic hidden in the skin of a cynic.

Don't be fooled by the opening phrase: yes, this leecher is craving a nubile virgin as a gift for his ninetieth birthday, but the story is not a voyeuristic lust fest. Carna...more
Pauline
"Don't let yourself die without knowing the wonder of fucking with love." - Thoughts on Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman)

I cannot claim to have wholly appreciated Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Memories of My Melancholy Whores, simply because, at twenty, I am too young to appreciate his character's life's longevity as well as his having never fallen in love. Heck, I can't even pretend to know the difference between mere sex and passi...more
Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain
So far, it is the worst book I have read this year. The story itself starts very disgustingly. A journalist, on his 90th birthday, wants to have sex with a virgin. He calls the local madam, Rosa Cabarcas and she arranges a 15 year old girl for him. The journalist, in his 90 long years, never found love. All he wants is just to please himself physically and to test his 'performance' at this age. When the journalist meets the arranged girl, he discovered he fell in love for the first time in his l...more
Bonnie
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

‘Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.’

Memories of My Melancholy Whores opens with a most surprising statement from our unnamed narrator: “The year I turned 90, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin.” While this might not inspire any sort of positive feelings towards this man, the truth is he has lived long enough to not really care because his lasciviousness is simply who this man is and has always been. Introduced...more
Faith
It is really unfortunate that this is the first book I’ve read of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The style of the author is brilliant and easy to understand , the sentences are long and descriptive without being boring.

The book is about the love affair of a 90 year old man and a 14 year old peasant girl , if you can even call it an affair because the girl is asleep during the man’s nightly visits to the brothel she works at. The man decides to celebrate his 90th birthday by deflowering a young virgin...more
Dayes Mohammed
بعض الكتب تجبرك على كتابة نص ٍ عوضا ً عن عرض ٍ أو نقد ٍ لها ،

أن تعشق هذا أمر ٌ سهل ، و لكن أن يكون عشقك محور حياتك ، و هو الدافع الأبدي للعيش فوق المائة عام هذا أشبه بالمحال ، ما الأمر الغريب في العشق كي يعطينا قدرة ً على البكاء بحرقة ، و نحن بالقرب من الحمقى الذين نحب و ما لأمر الغريب فيه ليجعلنا نركض طوال الليل و دموعنا مطر ٌ يغرق الأزقة ، و ما الغريب فيه لنصاب بدوار ٍ قاتل ٍحينما نسمع اسم الحبيب !!
و ما الذي يجعلنا نتصور أن المراهقة العارية أجمل حين تدير ظهرها إلينا متكورة ً بخوف ٍ على عذريته...more
Jasmine
This book is banned in Iran. This is one of those silly banning since there isn't even really any sex. Okay he rapes someone but later she claims to be a virgin so we can't really trust that memory can we. I think he might be a bit schizo and making up some of those memories although it's hard to say. I mean ban something reasonable. I digress... These customers come into work and ask for sex books, and no one wants anything remotely good like Sade or Nin, they all want Romance or erotica anthol...more
Scott
Gabriel Garcia Marquez writes beautifully. Many paragraphs throughout his works can be easily mistaken for poetry, as they contain language so vivid and colorful that it inspires even the most disinterested reader. MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES is Marquez's first piece of fiction in ten years, yet it maintains the writing acumen that he's famous for and that permeates his other works. It is also markedly shorter than many of his other novels; the 113 poignant pages of this novella take the fo...more
1da
Memoria de mis putas tristes...I LOVE Gabriel García Marquez. He weaves his magical realism right into your brain and it's like I was peeking in through a window rather than reading.

I've read a few not so good reviews of this novella and they cannot be more wrong. Yes, Gabo's intricate magical realism is not as pronounced as it is say in Cien años de soledad (100 Years of Solitude), but it's definitely there. If you missed it, I suggest you go back and reread because it is there.

This was a sho...more
Mark
Despite my well documented affection for the author, I actually had mentally prepared myself to dislike or at least be disappointed by this book. I had read lukewarm reviews and was somewhat under-whelmed by the brief on the book jacket. A 90 year old man who falls in love with a sleeping 14 year old virgin. Marquez has written about these sinful or impossible loves before, one novella of his is about a priest who falls in love with a 14 year old girl. Ultimately though, I found this book to be...more
Lisa
I feel unqualified to dislike anything by Gabriel García Márquez, but with this slim novella I come very close. His other novels I’ve read (100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera) left me absolutely floored. His talent is prodigious and undeniable, and I fully expected this to be yet another amazing story masterfully told. But to be honest Memories falls a little flat. It was García Márquez’ first work of fiction in ten years, and at a mere 115 pages long, I wonder if maybe its brevi...more
Jonyleo
"The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin." So begins Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and it becomes even more unlikely as the novel unfolds. This slim volume contains the story of the sad life of an unnamed, only slightly talented Colombian journalist and teacher, never married, never in love, living in the crumbling family manse. He calls Rosa Cabarcas, madame of the city's most successful brothel, to seek her assistance. Ro...more
Aubrey
Okaaay, 3.5 stars out of five, all because I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez's prose and the last pages made me happy. For this story you really need to get used to the massive gap between the ages of the respective romantic parties, otherwise you'll hate every word of it. Ignoring that, it is the tale of a man on his last legs whose life without uniqueness, success, or love chooses to reduce him to the state of not second infancy, but second first crush. And this all a result of his desire for a pu...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
خواندم 3 32 Jun 27, 2014 08:08AM  
رصانة العُهر 1 3 Jun 25, 2014 01:31PM  
خاطره ای با : خاطره دلبركان غمگين من 3 56 May 23, 2013 02:11AM  
Povestea tarfelor mele triste 1 12 May 13, 2013 08:18AM  
خاطره دلبركان غمگين من 1 37 Dec 27, 2009 01:09PM  
مقايسه ترجمه هاي فطانت و مير عباسي 3 55 Dec 23, 2007 12:33AM  
یک سئوال عمومی 5 33 Nov 23, 2007 12:38PM  
  • In Praise of the Stepmother
  • Gabriel García Márquez: a Life
  • Life is Elsewhere
  • Claraboia
  • Delirio
  • El llano en llamas
  • میرا
  • Amulet
  • جای خالی سلوچ
  • A Máquina de Fazer Espanhóis
  • Aura
13450
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...more
More about Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez...
One Hundred Years of Solitude Love in the Time of Cholera Chronicle of a Death Foretold Of Love and Other Demons No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories

Share This Book

“I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my nature. I discovered that I am not disciplined out of virtue but as a reaction to my negligence, that I appear generous in order to conceal my meanness, that I pass myself off as prudent because I am evil-minded, that I am conciliatory in order not to succumb to my repressed rage, that I am punctual only to hide how little I care about other people’s time. I learned, in short, that love is not a condition of the spirit but a sign of the zodiac.” 445 likes
“The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia.” 226 likes
More quotes…