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Love, the greatest demon of all,
This review is from: Of Love And Other Demons (Hardcover)
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.