Monday, September 19, 2005

Memorias de Mis Putas Tristes

I would like to signal a very pleasant book I read recently. When I found out, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude had written a new book I was one of the first to buy it.
His new book is short and has proven to be surprisingly unpopular with the critics. I, however, found it sweet, well written and un-pretentious.
Set in the Colombian city of Barranquilla, Colombia in the 1950s, the book tells the story of a lonely 90-year-old man who decides to pay himself a night with a young virgin as a birthday present.
He returns to a brothel he once frequented, but instead of finding carnal pleasures, he discovers a renewed love of life and meets the love of his life
Beautifully written and poetic.