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Of Love And Other Demons

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From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera comes an extraordinary reading experience, the story of a doomed love affair between a twelve-year-old girl and a bookish priest, three times her age, who's been sent to oversee her exorcism.
Hardcover, 147 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by Knopf Canada (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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Laura
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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Fernando
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
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Mohammed-Makram
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
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Ninoska Goris
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 smoked
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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 قرن 20 م
عنوان: از عش
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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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Vane J.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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."
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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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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Gypsy
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
Aggeliki
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.
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 p ...more
Gabrielė▪Jan
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-favourites
☆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.
♛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 Ca
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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!

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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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.
Lucy
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuanto más transparente es la escritura más se ve la poesía.

¡Que increíble libro! Estoy tan sorprendida. García Márquez es un novelista altamente reconocido alrededor del mundo y, como latinoamericana, es imposible no leerlo. Él es el tipo de autor que nos mandan a leer en las escuelas y colegios y como resultado he leído Crónicas de una muerte anunciada y El amor en los tiempos del cólera. Ambos libros estuvieron, en su mayoría, bien, sin embargo, Gabriel García Márquez finalmente me ha ganad
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Ahmed
Mar 19, 2016 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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Cem
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uzun detaylı cümlelere,zor ilerlemesine rağmen,müthiş bir anlatım.
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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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,
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Reckoner
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 bitt
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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"? exo
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ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬

EDİT: bi allahın kulu da çıkıp dememiş ki 'gerçeklikçi' değil 'gerçekçilik', AŞKOLSUN :( hadi benim kafam güzel, cahil cühela ne yazdığını bilmeyen biriyim, peki ya siz :(((


İnternetsizlikle geçen günlerim bel sakatlığı, öğlen uykusu ve kitapla geçiyor. Zaten bu bi günde bitti. Free wifi kafeler İyi ki varlar.
Nys.

Gerçekçilik akımından nefret ediyorum. Bazen. Çoğu zaman. Konusu romantik bir kurguya müsaitse. Genelde gerçekçilerden nefret ediyorum. Evet.

Sorun Marquez'in Büyülü Gerçekçi olması. Bu,
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