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De l'amour et autres démons

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  51,821 ratings  ·  2,345 reviews
Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles, fille unique du marquis de Casalduero, avait douze ans quand elle fut mordue par ce chien couleur de cendre portant une lune blanche au front. Enfermée au couvent pour faire exorciser cette rage qu'elle n'a pas, prise entre les démons de l'Inquisition et cette passion toute neuve pour son exorciste, Don Cayetano Delaura, l'amante-enfant ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 186 pages
Published May 7th 1997 by Livre de Poche (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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Luca Ambrosino
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English (Of Love and Other Demons) / Italiano

«An ash-gray dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst onto the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday in December, knocked down tables of fried food, overturned Indians' stalls and lottery kiosks, and bit four people who happened to cross its path. Three of them were black slaves. The fourth, Sierva María de todos Los Àngeles, the only child of the Marquis de Casalduero, had come there with a mulatta servant to buy a string of bells for
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Amalia Gavea
‘’Ideas do not belong to anyone {...} They fly around up there like the angels.’’

Neither Colombia nor Gabriel García Márquez need any lengthy introduction. One of the most fascinating countries of our planet, beautiful, mystical, haunting. A land of tales, magic and lively people. A writer who is rightfully considered one of the finest in the history of Literature, a magician of words, an artist who elevated the novella genre and became one of the pioneers of Magical Realism. Of Love and Other
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Laura
Dec 02, 2007 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
Mutasim Billah
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: colombia
“For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dying.”

Gabriel García Márquez claims in the prologue that he had been told by his grandmother of a legend of "a little twelve-year-old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal train" who contracts rabies. This girl was an alleged miracle-worker. Years later, when García Márquez was confronted with the tomb of a similar girl whose copper-colored hair measured twenty-two meters, he decided to write
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Ritwik
Jun 27, 2015 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
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Kelly
May 25, 2007 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,
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Vanessa J.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vanessa 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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Luís C.
On October 26, 1949 Gabriel García Marquez is sent by his newspaper to the Convent of Santa Clara, where ancient tombs were being destroyed, to see if he could get a story. From one of the campas came a copper-colored hair of twenty-two meters belonging to a young woman. On the gravestone was simply the name Sierva María de Todos los Àngeles, with no surname or clue of who she would be. This intrigued Garcia Marquez and reminded him of a legend his grandmother told him about a twelve-year-old ...more
Ian
Jul 09, 2012 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 ...more
Galadrielė
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5

Plot 5/5
Details 5/5
Characters 5/5
Romance 3.5/5
Logic 4/5
Writing style 4.5/5
Enjoyment 4.75/5

This one gives me The house of the spirits by Isabel Allende vibes, which I love.

I would recommend Of love and other demons, especially to those who have enjoyed The house of the spirits, but thought that story is too long.
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♛Tash
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition




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
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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
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MizCreatrix NY
Nov 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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"?
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Gearóid
Apr 22, 2014 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!

Ivana Books Are Magic
Of Love and Other Demons is a beautiful work of magic realism. With the lyrical descriptions, the wonderful recreating of times past and a wonderful narrative, it is a really enjoyable read. The prose is very powerful and the story draws you in. There is something quite enchanting about this book. The narrative and the style of writing go so well together. There is something natural but also mystical about this novel, and this combination somehow really works. From one side you have a feeling ...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
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ατζινάβωτο φέγι.
There is a light that never goes out
Ravi Gangwani

'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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Suad Shamma
Nov 22, 2012 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
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Jim Fonseca
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short novel takes us way back in time to the Spanish colonies, let’s say Colombia, in the late 1700’s. A beautiful young girl has such criminally neglectful parents that they have left her care and upbringing to the slaves of the household who teach her their language, dances and religion. She is bitten by a possibly rabid dog, which leads to a series of events where the only possible cure is: exorcism. But her exorcist, a young priest, falls in love with her, and this love is the real ...more
Inderjit Sanghera
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No South American writer is able to evoke the fecund and febrile atmosphere of South America, the exaggerated and over-the-top emotions of love, as the characters are engulfed in the flames of passion which reflect the headiness of the atmosphere, succumbing deliriously to the cornucopia of emotions which overtake them.

"Of Love and Other Demons" is far from being Marquez's greatest work; it meanders towards the end as the reader feels that most of the characters are pale regurgitation of his
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Shane
Apr 02, 2010 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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J.I.
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
Lavinia
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sean Blake
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Gabriel García Márquez is an author I've known for a long time, but chose to not pick up any of his novels even when I had the (cheap) chance. But you know what? I'm glad I picked up Of Love and Other Demons because it's surprised me more than any other novel I've read this year. This was a beautiful novel of love, passion, faith and living. It was equally dark as it was humourous, haunting as it was lighthearted.
Gözde
Márquez never fails to amaze me.
Nikos79
I have unexpectedly (and unfortunately) a lot of free time these days, and I read this book by the Colombian author almost in a single sitting. A few pages late at night before I fall in sleep and the rest in the next day in a few hours.

The story starts when the chief editor of a newspaper, assigns a journalist to write down a reportage about an old monastery of Santa Clara which is being demolished in order to build up in the same place a luxury hotel. And over there workers discover an old
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Denis
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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