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Of Love and Other Demons (Marquez 2014)

Of Love and Other Demons (Marquez 2014) [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Brilliantly moving. A tour de force (A.S. Byatt)

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Nobel Prize winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez blends the natural with supernatural in Of Love and Other Demons - a novel which explores community, superstition and collective hysteria.

'An ash-grey dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst on to the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday of December'

When a witch doctor appears on the Marquis de Casalduero's doorstep prophesising a plague of rabies in the Colombian seaport, he dismisses her claims - until he hears that his young daughter, Sierva Maria, was one of four people bitten by a rabid dog, and the only one to survive.

Sierva Maria appears completely unscathed - but as rumours of the plague spread, the Marquis and his wife wonder at her continuing good health. In a town consumed by superstition, it's not long before they, and everyone else, put her survival down to a demonic possession and begin to see her supernatural powers as the cause of the town's woes. Only the young priest charged with exorcizing the evil spirit recognises the girl's sanity, but can he convince the town that it's not her that needs healing?

'Superb and intensely readable' Time Out

'A compassionate, witty and unforgettable masterpiece' Daily Telegraph

'At once nostalgic and satiric, a resplendent fable' Sunday Times

As one of the pioneers of magic realism and perhaps the most prominent voice of Latin American literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has received international recognition for his novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories. Those published in translation by Penguin include Autumn of the Patriarch, Bon Voyage Mr.President, Collected Stories, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The General in his Labyrinth, Innocent Erendira and Other Stories, In the Evil Hour, Leaf Storm, Living to Tell the Tale, Love in the Time of Cholera, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, News of a Kidnapping, No-one Writes to the Colonel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor and Strange Pilgrims.

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  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (6 Mar 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, in 1928.

He has written a great number of books, including the masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He now lives in Mexico City.

Márquez studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador and as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas and New York. His first full-length work, One Hundred Years of Solitude, was published in 1967 to immediate worldwide success. The book is perhaps the prime example of Márquez's remarkable ability to present the supernatural as mundane and the mundane as supernatural. It chronicles the history of a family in the fictional town of Macondo - the loves, hates, rivalries, wars, successes and failures. The novel is an example of postmodernism, treating time with ambiguity and crossing genres and narrative styles. Salman Rushdie has described the book as "the greatest novel in any language of the last fifty years".

Another of Márquez's masterworks, Love in the Time of Cholera, was published to widespread acclaim in 1985. The book, a complex and compelling study of the myths we make about love, is less fantastical than One Hundred Years of Solitude but just as luminous and unique.He is the author of several novels and collections of stories, including Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel, In Evil Hour, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories, The Autumn of the Patriach,News of a Kidnapping, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth, Strange Pilgrims, Of Love and Other Demons and the first first volume of his autobiography,Living to Tell the Tale. His most recent book is, Memories of my Melancholy Whores.

Many of his books are published by Penguin.

Nobel Prize for Literature

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel that will have you Walking around in a Daze 18 April 2002
By jacr100 VINE VOICE
I can never get used to Márquez. More than anyone else he is the master storyteller, the voice of a melancholy raconteur whose aphorisms reverberate in your head and deny you sleep; but you never begrudge him this. He manages to condense the substance of entire novels into a single understated sentence. His words are alive and wriggle under your skin.
Of Love and Other Demons is one of the twentieth century’s great works. A relation of the events surrounding Sierva María de Todos los Angeles, the daughter of a Marquis raised by black slaves, it captures the miasmatic superstition of the eighteenth-century perfectly, as rabies becomes confused with satanic possession, love with sinful temptation, and rationality with madness. Much like Romeo and Juliet, you quickly forget the age of the lovers at the centre of the novel – Sierva María is twelve; Cayetano Delaura thirty-six. Like Shakespeare’s play there is nothing immoral about this relationship, but it retains the same tragic potential: the virgin daughter of a Marquis possessed by demons in a mutual infatuation with the Bishop’s favourite, an erudite priest soon to take a position in the Vatican. It is doomed from the start, as almost everything in the story is – but much like he did in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Márquez proceeds to build excitement from inevitability, never needing to throw in a twist to keep the reader entranced, as lesser authors might. In particular he is exceptional at describing a world tinted through the vision of love, making everything richer, more sensuous. He is, for me, the greatest author alive today. Read him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful 29 May 2011
This is one of my favourite books of all time. The master storyteller, Marquez conjures up such a strange, imaginative world that is at once both beautiful and brutal. The images that he creates and the story that he weaves is so romantic - an darkly exquisite tale that speaks to the soul. I live for literature like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, the greatest demon of all 15 Dec 2008
In the days when Colombia, Venezuela and Panama formed the Spanish colony of New Granada, twelve year old Servia María is banished by her father to Santa Clara convent in preparation for exorcism after being bitten by a rabid dog and displaying diabolical symptoms. However, the priest appointed by the Bishop to carry out the exorcism, Cayetano Delaura, does not believe that she is possessed by demons and subsequently falls in love with her. He is sent to a leper colony for discussing the matter with a sceptical doctor but each night leaves and scales the walls of the convent to spend time with Servia María in her cell. Of Love and Other Demons is a love story at once fantastic and bizarre, typical of its author's most passionate work. It was stimulated by an event witnessed by him; the discovery of the skull of a young girl alongside twenty two metres of red hair when the tombs of Santa Clara were being opened up in the 1940s.
For me the fiction of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is as poetic and entertaining as that of any writer alive. But the real triumph of his work is in the compelling portrayal of the sights and sounds, smells and rhythms of the steamy, swampy Caribbean coast of his native Colombia, especially in colonial days. He manages convincingly to recreate a bustling, chaotic world of docks, taverns and brothels peopled by aristocrats, traders, priests, beggars, slaves and prostitutes from jumbled communities of Spaniards, Africans, Amerindians, mestizos and mulattos. Of Love and Other Demons is a tale set in an exotic land where unrestrained behaviour is fomented by a mix of idolatrous religions and superstitious beliefs, all related with Latin verve and panache.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marquez Scores Again - I Read It In 2 Hours!! 13 July 2004
'Of Love...' is only the second of Marquez's book I have read (1st was '100 Years..') and I continue to be impressed and completely engrossed by his work. To illustrate how engrossed I was --THIS BOOK TOOK ME TWO HOURS TO READ. I felt like I was reading a fairytale at bedtime to my daughter, the magic and wonder of Sierva's existence stands second only to Marquez's style of prose. I fell in love with Marquez after '100 years...' and the second visit I've paid him, will only serve to keep me coming back for more. ASTONISHING!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story one needs to read in this life. 28 Feb 2001
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As ever Marques gives his reader a wonderful story but this time it seems to me that it transends his other novels. This book is so perfectly crafted, so moving in its portrayal of the main protagonists and so vivid in its desciption, that if books were to be chosen rather than music for a Desert Island, this would have to be one of the eight! I believe it to be an unforgettable read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly sad, but very well written! 15 Nov 2010
Garcia Marquez is one of my favourite writers and he doesn't disappoint with this book. The decriptions of people and their feelings are so detailed that you can easily relate to them. It is a beautiful book about love, but also an incredibly sad book.
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Examining the spectrum between science and faith, Marquez' masterful characterization depicts the desperate relationship between Cayetano DeLaura and Sierva Maria. Thematically, Marquez examines the dichotomous passions which control man and woman, such as love and lust, good and evil, love and hate, and pragmatism versus romanticism. From the timid Marquis to his grotesque wife Bernarda, the cast of allegorical characters, although distant, are intrigueing and draw constant biblical reference, particularly to the story of Genesis. "Of Love and Other Demons" is rich, fluent, and thoroughly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having read this remarkable book I am now compelled to ...
Having read this remarkable book I am now compelled to gobble up the rest of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' writings but I shall ration myself . Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. J. Holman
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
this was the first book I read using my new kindle and i managed to finish it within 48 hours!

having read the better known Marquez books (Love in the time of Cholera,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Victoria Love
5.0 out of 5 stars More captivating writing by the master
This is a truly captivating tale, Garcia Marquez is an extraordinary writer. I bought this book for my grandaughter as a present, (I gave her 'A Hundred years of Solitude on her... Read more
Published 8 months ago by juanhabana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you are a fan of Marquez, you are going to like this book.
I like the fact that romanticism is connected with the cruelty of the characters' lives.
Published 20 months ago by Iamara Tribastone
5.0 out of 5 stars Preferred Love in time of cholera, but
but this small novel has its magic. Marquez had a great gift and this book is showing part of it.
Published 20 months ago by justi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, absolutely brilliant
García Márquez has done taking my breath away again. After One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera I thought that the author couldn't get much... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2012 by Renata Lopes Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written book
Beautiful writing, strong themes and a great story. A fairly short book that is quick to read too. Delivery was fast and it was in good condition too.
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by blue3
5.0 out of 5 stars The oppression of religion
In this bitter and emotional tale, G.G. Márquez exposes the `narrowness of mind' and the concomitant fanatical oppression by the Christian authorities, who put a... Read more
Published on 8 May 2008 by Luc REYNAERT
5.0 out of 5 stars Step back and weep
What has amazed me most about Of Love and Other Demons is that Garcia Marquez is such a good storyteller that he has made so many other readers wax lyrical about the love between a... Read more
Published on 28 May 2007 by Teapot
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