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Of Love and Other Demons

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  48,254 ratings  ·  2,174 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
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 2nd 1995 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1994)
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Anne maria Koileo
ofcourse... no doubt about it... It's a great book... you can take my word...Read and enjoy :)
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 t
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
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
von der Liebe und anderen Damonen = Del amory otros demonios = Del amar y otros demonios = of love and other demons, Gabriel García Márquez
عنوانها: از عشق و شیاطین دیگر؛ عشق و شیاطین دیگر؛ از عشق و دیگر اهریمنان؛ از عشق و سایر اهریمنان؛ نوشته: گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه فوریه سال 2004 میلادی
عنوان: از عشق و شیاطین دیگر؛ نوشته: گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ مترجم: رضا موسوی؛ ویرایش: حسن گل محمدی؛ تهران، کمال علم، 1374؛ در 208 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای کلمبیایی از نویسندگان سده 20 م
عنوان: از عش
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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أجواء أسطورية ألقانا فيها جابرييل جارسيا ماركيز من البداية و حتى النهاية
في ظروف غير طبيعية تولد سييرفا ماريا التي نذرت والدتها الا تقص شعرها الا عند زواجها فينمو طويلا حتى انها تفرده و تنام عليه و تتغطى بما تبقى منه

أم غريبة الأطوار و أب أغرب يلقون بها في كواليس الأحداث و يواصلون حياتهم كل في ملكوته الخاص و لذاته المتفردة فتنشأ في بيئة الخدم و العبيد تعيش حياتهم و تتكلم لغاتهم الإفريقية إلى جانب لغتها الإسبانية و تأكل أكلهم و تنام في أكواخهم و تعيش حياة لا تمت لأصلها كأبنة الماركيز بأى صلة.

عضة كل
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gabriel García Márquez es uno de esos escritores bendecidos por el arte de narrar historias como los dioses. A lo largo de su vasta carrera literaria supo abrirse a paso firme su camino glorioso en la literatura, recibió el premio Nobel en 1982 y se instaló entre los mejores autores que nos dio el siglo XX. Todas sus novelas en general reflejan su maestría única, su impronta inequívoca y son leídas por gente de todo el mundo.
Y fue además a partir de “Cien años de soledad” que su fama se transfor
Mutasim Billah
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“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 t
Ninoska Goris
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 smoked
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
Vanessa J.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Mevsim Yenice
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alnında beyaz leke olan kül rengi bir köpekle başlayıp, usturayla kazınmış bir kafadan inatla fışkıran ve tutam tutam git gide uzadığı gözle görülen saçlarla biten Marquez romanı.

Hakkında denecek her şey hemen hemen söylenmiş. "Her şeyin romanı" diyeyim ben de. Tarih, edebiyat, din, aşk, ahlaki değerler, Avrupa, ne ararsanız var.

Ah unutmadan bir de, "Mutluluğun iyi edemediğini iyileştirecek ilaç yoktur."
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
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
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
صادقانه بگم، من به طرز تأسفباری مارکز و آثارش رو نمیفهمم. چه صدسال تنهایی که اعصابمو بهم ریخت و حوصلهمو سر برد، چه این. و البته از گزارش یک مرگ خیلی خوشم اومد و هنوز خیلی آثارش مونده تا قضاوت کنم. ولی کاش مارکزو میفهمیدم. برام ناراحتکنندهست حقیقتاً. از طرفی اسم نمیبرم با ترجمه کدوم نشر خوندم. ولی حتی من که اینقد زبانم داغونه، متوجه ترجمه خامدستانه و سهلانگارانهش شدم. یه ویراستاری درست و درمون هم میخواست که علاوه بر رفع عیوب ِ بنیادی و مفهومی ِ کتاب، حداقل از نظر نگارشی جلوه خوبی داشته باشه. ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Tote Cabana
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La increíble pluma de Gabriel García Márquez queda plasmada en esta otra obra magistral. Me costó muchísimo entrar en el mundo de Gabo pero ya una vez dentro es imposible no admirar y reconocer su arte. Esta es una novela corta, pero intensa, donde de nuevo muestra la cultura de la época y la llena de su magia cotidiana, de su folklore y sus creencias. Un novela maravillosa que también denuncia las actividades de la iglesia y los secretos que se pueden esconder bajo la manta de un hogar.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο μαγικός ρεαλισμός του Marquez ξεχειλίζει από κάθε σελίδα αυτής της σκοτεινής ιστορίας. Η ατμοσφαιρική γραφή του σε πάει σε ένα τελείως διαφορετικό επίπεδο πραγματικότητας, όπου ακόμη και οι περιγραφές φρικαλέων στιγμών δεν σε σοκάρουν. Ούτε καν. Μάλλον θεωρούνται φυσική εξέλιξη της ιστορίας.
Το μόνο σίγουρο είναι ότι ο Marquez μας προσφέρει απλόχερα ένα παράξενο παραμύθι. Θλιμμένο και πανέμορφο ταυτόχρονα.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lo mejor que tiene este libro desde luego es el título. No puedo ponerle más de dos estrellas por muchas razones. No creo que un libro deba pasar la mitad para recién introducir la trama principal y a personajes importantes, esa primera mitad es la más aburrida que me ha tocado leer hasta ahora y vaya que he leído libros "difíciles" como "Guerra y Paz" o "Nuestra señora de París". También debo decir que como intento de novela histórica es uno de los más bajos que he leído, puedo recordar ahora m ...more
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 ma ...more
Ebru Çökmez
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GİZBOZAR içerir. (gizbozar bundan böyle "spoiler" terimi yerine kullanacağım sözcüktür. Bir grup arkadaşımla birlikte bu sözcüğün yaygınlaşmasına çalışacağız :))

Tam da Marquez tarzı bir anlatı bu. Saçları doğduğundan beri kesilmemiş küçük talihsiz bir kız Sierva Maria. Ruhuna şeytan girmiş, küçük bedenini cinler sarmış, fısıldayıp dururlarmış güya kulağına. Bu cinlerin kudreti, kızcağızı kuduz köpeğin şerrinden esirgemeye yetiyor da ortaçağın vahşi dinsel dogmalarından korumaya yetmiyor ne yazık
Bülent Çallı
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aşk ve Öbür Cinler’i bitirdikten sonra aklıma pek çok şey geldi, pek çok şey düşündüm. En çok da keyfin ve doygunluğun büyüğünü neden kitabı okurken değil de okumayı bitirip kitaplıktaki diğer kitapların yanına yerleştirdikten sonra hissettiğimin üzerine kafa yordum.

Bu girizgâhtan, romanın kolay okunmayan, okuyucuyu yoran bir eser olduğu sonucunu çıkartmayalım. Aksine, diğer Marquez eserlerine göre daha basit ve de uzunluk olarak da oldukça kısa bir roman var elimizde. Güzel güzel okunuyor yani,
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

▪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.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τι να πω για τη γραφή του;! Είναι καθηλωτική, μαγευτική και ταξιδιάρικη!
Dec 08, 2013 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
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!

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
Pooya Kiani
شاهکار نبود.
ترجمه خوب بود. قصه اونجور گیرا نبود.
رمان نویسی به وسیله شخصیت پردازی، این می تونه توضیح مناسبی باشه برای از عشق و دیگر اهریمنان.
یه جورایی یادآور آدمهای مصروعِ قمارباز داستایوسکی.
خوندنش لذت های متعدد و پراکنده ای به تو می ده، مثل گوش کردن به شوپن.

برای من از نظر کشف کیفیت نوشتار مارکز حائز اهمیت بود.
می تونه خیلی از نظر تکنیک و سبک مورد بحث قرار بگیره، قوت ها و ضعف های گل درشتی داره.
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
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cada vez me enamoro más de la literatura de Gabriel García Márquez. Confieso que al principio fue complicado engancharme a la historia, pero llegó el punto donde no pude dejar de leer hasta llegar el final. Recomendado total.

Además de ser un fascinante relato, nos alude con una interesante crítica.
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