Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel García Márquez
Book: Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Just to give a heads-up, to understand this book, you need to enter the mind-frame of an old man, ninety year old fellow. The guy has lived his life as a second-grade reporter who has never married and has never fell in love. Only thing on the name of love life and relationships he had was the time he has spent with whores whom he has always paid. Yes, by paid, he has ensured the women he spent time with is never left unpaid.
His philosophy "Sex is the consolation you have when you can't have love."
The book starts at a pretty weird point where on the eve of his 90th birthday, the old man decides to make love with a virgin. Yes, it does sounds pretty weird. Well, he finally manages to gift himself with a 14-year old virgin. A girl, may possibly a whore in future, just sleeps with him on every night they have spent together. However, this is the first time he falls in love with someone.
Anyway, the story just continues and a simple but very different love story of a 90 year old guy continues. The struggles and thoughts have been put down in a very beautiful manner. How this second-grade reporter writes about his thoughts on love in his weekly columns and with them how he achieves a small bit of fame and respect he has never received before, something what he has been (indirectly) desiring all his life. The book ends when our old man reaches the age of ninety-one and is finally pretty satisfied with his life.
Well, many readers might not like the book, for obvious reasons. As I've already mentioned, that for understanding the book, a reader needs to enter the mind-frame of a ninety year old with conditions as mentioned in the first paragraph.
PS: Believe me, the book is literally one of it's kind. Really different in it's own way also written in a unique way. That's the reason I'm giving it 4 star.