Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez

When I first started this book, I was very uncomfortable even reading it due to the title. But as I started it and was slightly appalled by it, my teacher explained that in books like these, where the main point is not a story but a symbolic message, sex is not sexual, it is about intercourse, which originally meant communication. In this book sex represents communication and connection between two characters, and by understanding it in this light, the book was a lot easier to read and it gave it a different meaning. By understanding it as a work of magical realism, the book made even more sense, if a book that is magical realism can even make sense. In this book, a 90 year old man starts to reflect on his years and what he has really done with his life. He has spent his life writing for a column and on his 90th birthday he decides that he is going to sleep with a virgin. He spends this whole book looking for love which brings the reader to the most important question, does love exist? This is a book that needs to be read through a certain lens, while I read this book I was also reading about existentialism, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer’s theory of Crystallization. I feel that reading these other philosopher’s works made this book into something more than just a perverted man’s search for love. Part of his search for love made it so that the book  became monotonous and it never really felt that it reached it’s conclusion, even when it came to the official one. But I think that is part of the effect of the book and accurately shows the love and life of the old man (he never gives his name) is searching for.

 

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