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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol (24 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1400095808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400095803
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 11 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is the latest novel written by García Márquez. It is short, but rather ambitious, due to the fact that it tries to tell us everything that should be known about the life of a 90-year-old man, from his own perspective, in merely 112 pages. Thankfully, the author succeeds in doing exactly that.
Everything starts when the main character decides that spending a night with a young virgin is a great way of celebrating his birthday. So, the eve of turning ninety, he calls Rosa Cabarcas, the woman who manages the brothel he used to visit a long time ago. That phone call would change everything: "aquel fue el principio de una nueva vida a una edad en la que la mayoría de los mortales están muertos". To start with, a man who had always paid to have sex would learn to love for the first time. Not only that, but he would also learn more about himself and others, a new knowledge that would motivate him to write a written account of what happened. In his own words, "Nunca hice nada distinto de escribir, pero no tengo vocación ni virtud de narrador, ignoro por completo las leyes de la composición dramática, y si me he embarcado en esta empresa es porque confío en la luz de lo mucho que he leído en la vida. Dicho en romance crudo, soy un cabo de raza sin méritos ni brillo, que no tendría nada que legar a sus sobrevivientes de no haber sido por los hechos que me dispongo a referir como pueda en esta memoria de mi grande amor".
The story is not outstanding (I would give it 3 stars out of 5), but I really appreciated the way in which such a consummate storyteller as García Marquez tells it (5 stars out of 5). The author manages to convey to the reader ideas, feelings and concepts that make him forget that he is reading a story instead of just living it. For that, I recommend this book to you :)
Belen Alcat
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 11 May 2009
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To summarise, this novel is fundamentally about a man approaching his 90th birthday, and decides that he wants to spend the night with a teenage virgin. The unusual plot is enough to get you reading it!

The first thing that amazed me upon first reading this novel was the way in which Garcia Marquez narrates 90 years of a man's life in approximately 90 pages, and he does it almost seamlessly.

As you would expect, you come across many of the themes which readers of Garcia Marquez will already be familiar with, such as solitude, ageing, and love. One of the things which struck me most when reading this was the way Garcia Marquez seemed to portray the idea that it was almost wrong for a man in his nineties to fall in love (as goes on to do with the young girl that he intended to sleep with), whereas in "El amor en los tiempos del colera" he is encouraging love at an old age.

This novel is Garcia Marquez's most recent, and his shift in the themes of loneliness, old age and love make it quite obvious that this book is from a different era of his literature. I can't quite put a finger on it, but you can tell from the narrative, that although it is familiar, it is also slightly different from the usual Garcia Marquez that you're used to.

It is well worth a read, and like any other Garcia Marquez novel, will get you thinking, both while you're reading it and also after.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Puspa on 20 Feb. 2005
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Gracia Marquez artfully tells the story of a man turning 90 who falls in love for the first time in his love and realizes what love really means. The self reflection of the protagonist on his former and actual existence as loving and and non loving human being is moving but not sentimental. Garcia Marquez succeeds in telling yet another human story in short but very concise sentences. I read this book in one evening and enjoyed it immensely.
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