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Memories of My Melancholy Whores
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Memories of My Melancholy Whores
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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 assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known.

Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to a master's work.

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 assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known.

Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to a master's work.

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  • Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) was an author, journalist, and pioneer of the Latin American boom. Among his many books are The Autumn of the Patriarch, No One Writes to the Colonel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Living to Tell the Tale, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and of course the classic One Hundred Years of Solitude. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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  • AudioFile Magazine A voice like Thom Rivera's--a blend of sharp-edged rasp and husky purr--is perfect to narrate this audiobook. As the blunt title suggests, this is a bawdy tale, sometimes uncomfortable to hear but other times downright inspiring in its life-affirming moments. What better narrator than a talent whose very voice bridges the sensuous and the serious? As the voice of a Colombian journalist in his 90th year, Rivera expresses age, corruption, wisdom, foolishness, and whimsy--all in his tone. His narration is agile as he moves between accents and characters, and he offers a sense that this whole audiobook is a secret just for the listener. This production may require some boldness on the listener's part, but it is certainly unique. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 24, 2014
    In Marquez’s novel, on his 19th birthday, a single man living alone in a decrepit mansion decides he wants to fornicate with a young girl. He solicits the help of the madam of the city’s best brothel, who procures for him the perfect subject, a 14-year-old who works in a factory stitching buttons. However instead of having sex with her, the narrator simply watches her sleep—and continues to do so. This action, oft-repeated, unlocks new feelings for the narrator who discovers “the improbable pleasure of contemplating the body of a sleeping woman without the urgencies of desire or the obstacles of modesty.” Rivera’s voice is thick and smoky and he performs the book as if he were whispering to an intimate. And Rivera captures the narrator’s humor, his coyness, and his playfulness, while also proving himself exceptional at creating voices, from the madam to the drunken denizens on the street. A Vintage paperback.

  • Washington Post "Unforgettable...Classic García Márquez."
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