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Of Love and Other Demons ❴PDF / Epub❵ ✅ Of Love and Other Demons Author Gabriel García Márquez – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria, the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth century South American seaport, is bitten by a rabid dog Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a On her and Other PDF/EPUB ë twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria, the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth century South American seaport, is bitten by a rabid dog Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a convent for observation And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already dreamed about a girl with hair trailing Of Love PDF/EPUB ² after her like a bridal train As he tends to her with holy water and sacramental oils, Delaura feels something shocking begin to occur He has fallen in love, and it isn t long until Sierva Maria joins him in his fevered misery Unsettling and indelible, Of Love and Other Demons is an evocative, majestic tale of the Love and Other MOBI ó most universal experiences known to woman and man.


10 thoughts on “Of Love and Other Demons

  1. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English Of Love and Other Demons Italiano An ash gray dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst onto the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday in December, knocked down tables of fried food, overturned Indians stalls and lottery kiosks, and bit four people who happened to cross its path Three of them were black slaves The fourth, Sierva Mar a de todos Los ngeles, the only child of the Marquis de Casalduero, had come there with a mulatta servant to buy a string of bells for t English Of Love and Other Demons Italiano An ash gray dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst onto the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday in December, knocked down tables of fried food, overturned Indians stalls and lottery kiosks, and bit four people who happened to cross its path Three of them were black slaves The fourth, Sierva Mar a de todos Los ngeles, the only child of the Marquis de Casalduero, had come there with a mulatta servant to buy a string of bells for the celebration of her twelfth birthday Two facts giving rise this novel Fact number 1 Gabriel Garc a M rquez, when he was still a young fledgling journalist, was sent by his editor in chief fishing for information to an ancient cloistered convent because some construction workers were opening few tombs From one of these vaults 22 meters of auburn hair, still attached at a little female skull On the gravestone was writtenSierva Mar a de todos Los ngelesThe foreman thought, in contrast to Garc a M rquez, this was a common event, arguing that human hair could grow up about one centimeter a month.Fact number 2 The author s grandmother told to little Gabriel the story about a 12 year old Marquis with long hair to the ground, died because of a bite from a rabid dog, and revered in the Caribbean for her many miracles.The fictional link between these two episodes led to this little gem of mystery and magic Obviously, I might add, being Gabriel Garc a M rquez Vote 8 Un cane cenerognolo con una stella sulla fronte irruppe nei budelli del mercato la prima domenica di dicembre, travolse rivendite di fritture, scompigli bancarelle di indios e chioschi della lotteria, e passando morse quattro persone che si trovavano sul suo percorso Tre erano schiavi negri L altra fu Sierva Mar a de todos Los ngeles, figlia unica del marchese di Casalduero, che si era recata con una domestica mulatta a comprare una filza di sonagli per la festa dei suoi dodici anni Vi sono due fatti all origine di questo romanzo Fatto numero 1 Un giovane Gabriel Garc a M rquez, giornalista alle prime armi, venne mandato in cerca di notizie dal suo caporedattore presso un antico convento di clarisse poich dei muratori stavano vuotando alcune cripte Da una di queste vennero fuori 22 metri di capelli color rame ancora attaccati ad un piccolo cranio di ragazzina La lapide dicevaSierva Mar a de todos Los ngelesIl capomastro, a differenza dell autore, reputava questo fosse un fatto piuttosto comune, poich sosteneva che i capelli umani crescessero di un centimetro al mese, anche dopo morti.Fatto numero 2 La nonna di Garc a M rquez narrava al piccolo Gabriel la leggenda di una marchesina di dodici anni dai capelli lunghi tanto da toccare terra, morta a causa del morso di un cane rabbioso, e venerata nei Caraibi per i suoi molti miracoli.La rielaborazione da parte dell autore di questi episodi ed il loro collegamento romanzato ha portato a questo piccolo gioiello di magia e mistero Come ovvio che sia, trattandosi di Gabriel Garc a M rquez Voto 8


  2. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    Ideas do not belong to anyone They fly around up there like the angels Neither Colombia nor Gabriel Garc a M rquez need any lengthy introduction One of the most fascinating countries of our planet, beautiful, mystical, haunting A land of tales, magic and lively people A writer who is rightfully considered one of the finest in the history of Literature, a magician of words, an artist who elevated the novella genre and became one of the pioneers of Magical Realism Of Love and OthIdeas do not belong to anyone They fly around up there like the angels Neither Colombia nor Gabriel Garc a M rquez need any lengthy introduction One of the most fascinating countries of our planet, beautiful, mystical, haunting A land of tales, magic and lively people A writer who is rightfully considered one of the finest in the history of Literature, a magician of words, an artist who elevated the novella genre and became one of the pioneers of Magical Realism Of Love and Other Demons is my favourite work by M rquez and the one which initiated me into the beauty of his writing and started my fascination with Colombia This was the moment to revisit it onetime A wild dog attacks the people in the market of Cartagena All those who were bitten die of rabies with the exception of Sierva Maria, the daughter of the Marquis, who shows no sign of decline Soon, strange incidents begin to take place in the city, attributed to the girl When the plague starts, the Church takes an interest and begins to investigate whether Maria is actually possessed by demons Cayetano, a gifted young priest, is assigned to her case and he comes to understand that the Devil is actually pretty weak when compared to two great forces the madness of the human beings and Love A kind of love that must survive the attack of the demons who are very much alive, walking on this miserable earthFurther, a pig spoke and a goat gave birth to triplets M rquez presents a society that is steeped in superstition and sees evil and signs of doom everywhere The disease of rabies has always been loaded with myths and otherworldly references As it is transmitted by animal bites, it has been associated with creatures from all fantasy spectrums, from werewolves and vampires to the Devil himself Further, the psychological implications of the virus and the way in which victims were dying helped in elevating rabies to the sphere of the metaphysical and the unexplainable M rquez used these myths to perfection in this novella The atmosphere of magic and exoticism is further emphasized by the setting of the story The port is ripe with commerce, slavery is still going strong These factors comprise a multicultural society, an amalgam of ethnicities, languages, religions and common beliefs M rquez uses the side effects of class discrimination and the variety of tradition to demonstrate the power of convictions on the thoughts and the life of the people Religion can be seen either as a refuge or as an excuse to exert power on the helpless A Bishop who would like to show how open minded he is when he only aims at imposing his beliefs on everyone An Abbess that cannot see in front of her nose, serving the malicious fundamentalism of the monasteries And a priest that tries to fight against madness to save a girl who moves between two worlds, a presence full of secrets and contradictions What is she What truly happened Through sensuality, folklore and raw realism, M rquez creates a colourful tapestry of themes and beliefs, with a vivid cast of characters Maria and Cayetano are two protagonists that left their mark on M rquez s work, in a story that is visceral and beautiful, powerful and tragic A fable, an exotic allegory that shows how human beings can do the worst evil imaginable Not any demon, not any devil but men Men that destroy all that is pure and good and strange by condemning it as unnatural and vileI have always believed He attributesimportance to love than to faith My reviews can also be found on


  3. Laura Laura says:

    This book starts off very slowly and almost slyly, as if someone has started telling a long winded story and you re really not paying attention, and then, halfway through the story you realize that you re hanging onto every word If Garcia Marquez explored the metaphor or love as a disease in Love in the Time of Cholera , then here he centers his story around the metaphor of love as madness and demonic possession I think the metaphor actually works better than the cholera one This book feels This book starts off very slowly and almost slyly, as if someone has started telling a long winded story and you re really not paying attention, and then, halfway through the story you realize that you re hanging onto every word If Garcia Marquez explored the metaphor or love as a disease in Love in the Time of Cholera , then here he centers his story around the metaphor of love as madness and demonic possession I think the metaphor actually works better than the cholera one This book feels much simpler than Love Cholera or 100 Years of Solitude , but it s not that s just Garcia Marquez s mastery of writing working for you His writing is so exquisite that it appears effortless, and it feels effortless to read Also, this book focuses on one incident during a very short period of time and therefore reads very differently than Garcia Marquez sfamous extensive sagas I think this form shows off his writing evenOne of the other reasons why I particularly liked this book is that I actually liked the main male character, Cayetano Delaura There s something very sincere and genuine about him I highly recommend this book it s not a long read, and it s a very enjoyable one


  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    von der Liebe und anderen Damonen Del amory otros demonios Del amar y otros demonios Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Garc a M rquezThe twelve year old daughter of the Marquis and his wife Bernarda Her hair has never been cut, and was promised to the saints when she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck She was raised by the slaves, fluent in multiple African languages, and familiar with the customs In the beginning of the book she is bit by a rabid dog Even though she sho von der Liebe und anderen Damonen Del amory otros demonios Del amar y otros demonios Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Garc a M rquezThe twelve year old daughter of the Marquis and his wife Bernarda Her hair has never been cut, and was promised to the saints when she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck She was raised by the slaves, fluent in multiple African languages, and familiar with the customs In the beginning of the book she is bit by a rabid dog Even though she shows no signs of rabies, she is subject to multiple healing methods, which can be considered torture She is sent to the convent of Santa Clara to receive an exorcism, which many people have died from She receives attention from a priest, Father Cayetano, who is kind to her and initially believes she does not need to be exorcised Father Cayetano falls in love with Sierva Maria and declares her his love he soon begins visiting Sierva in her cell in secret, climbing up from the sewer that in future is fixed They eat, sleep, and recite poetry together, even though it does not appear that they are sexually involved Later Father Cayetano is sent away to a leper hospital where he hopes to get the disease but never does Sierva Maria in the meantime is last summoned to be exorcised and she eventually dies of love wondering where Father Cayetano is and after having her hair cut After her death, her hair magically grows back on her skull 2004 1374 208 20 1374 188 1378 184 9645535050 1379 218 9649021744 1393 232 9789647196505


  5. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dyingGabriel Garc a M rquez claims in the prologue that he had been told by his grandmother of a legend ofa little twelve year old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal trainwho contracts rabies This girl was an alleged miracle worker Years later, when Garc a M rquez was confronted with the tomb of a similar girl whose copper colored hair measured twenty two meters, he decided to write tFor you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dyingGabriel Garc a M rquez claims in the prologue that he had been told by his grandmother of a legend ofa little twelve year old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal trainwho contracts rabies This girl was an alleged miracle worker Years later, when Garc a M rquez was confronted with the tomb of a similar girl whose copper colored hair measured twenty two meters, he decided to write this novel.I really enjoyed this one in particular This maybe due to the fact that it is built in dramatic style of classic romance novels and despite the usual graphic scenes of mistreatment and torture as portrayed in some other Garc a M rquez works, the book has a very classic gothic romance feel to it, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.Caution A trigger warning for torture and pedophilia


  6. Ritwik Ritwik says:

    Instead of writing a review by jotting down my bleak understanding of the glorious book by Gabo I thought of weaving a little tale based on it and using the characters along with the principle symbolism in the book Disbelief isresistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses As always I,Father Delaura lost focus and stumbled on my way to the Bishop s room where I was invited to witness an eclipse In the cloistered silence I found the bishop in a pensive mood holding a smoke Instead of writing a review by jotting down my bleak understanding of the glorious book by Gabo I thought of weaving a little tale based on it and using the characters along with the principle symbolism in the book Disbelief isresistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses As always I,Father Delaura lost focus and stumbled on my way to the Bishop s room where I was invited to witness an eclipse In the cloistered silence I found the bishop in a pensive mood holding a smoked glass in his hand for looking at the sun I wanted to tell him I have fallen for the possessed girl I was supposed to exorcise I wanted to shriek at him, implore him, beg at his feet to condone my misgivings on faith in spite of being an eminent priest and a renowned Father and a dutiful librarian But I couldn t come to terms with my own imbecility and indecision The sun has always been the sigil of a pristine presence, a God,an indomitable focus of energy The Bishop could see the eclipse through the smoked glass and said that wherever he looked he could still the see the eclipse His faith in God was undoubted and his arguments supporting his faith were insurmountable He always came up with the most cleverest and undeterred of arguments favouring his position He had faith, he had focus, he closed one of his eyes and through the smoked glass could relish the sight of the Eclipse He requested me to look at the eclipse but with focus and using only one of eyes as the eclipse will go away in a few hours In my state of perpetual distraction I looked at the eclipse with both my eyes without using the smoked glass and ended up nearly burning my retinas in the process I covered my afflicted eye with a dark patch I tried telling the Bishop of my doubts regarding the satanic possession of the girl and maybe rabies was the true reason behind the girl s instability and the girl should be left in the deft hands of doctors or physicians to come up with a cure As we proceeded with the discussion,I tried to reason with him but he came up with an invincible ambiguity which left meperplexed than defeated We cannot intervene in the rotation of the earth, said Delaura But we could be unaware of it so that it does not cause us grief, said the Bishop More than faith, what Galileo lacked was a heart I left the Bishop s room unconvinced I had always loved reading books ranging from the religious ones in Latin to the forbidden books of chivalry until one day I was deprived of my decrepit copy of Amadis of Gaul and was coerced to devote my absolute faith in God rather than immersing myself in frivolities of chivalry Mustering my aspirations to save the girl, I went to the physician who was the first person outside the immediate noble family of the Marquis who was made aware of the Girl s instability ,which as his scientific capacity of a doctor would decree, said that the dog bite might be the the cause of the Girl s distress The physician,a man of scholarly disposition with a chaotic and a dubious past invited me in devoid of any apprehension He was not a bit disconcerted to allow a man of religion to enter his house I was fascinated with the amount of books on his shelves I was impressed by his Latin speaking skills and he showed me the forbidden book I was deprived of in my younger days the four volumes of Amadis of Gaul I gave a glance of awe over the precious edition and I could feel my other half of my being, my sunburnt eye plunging into the throes of ephemeral recuperation He removed the patch and tossed it in the thrash bin The only thing wrong with that eye is that it seesthan it ought too, he said.We discussed about books and scientific things which were deemed prohibited and leaned over the line of heresy I shared my heartfelt concern of the affected Girl with the physician I inadvertently confessed my love for her I was ready to accept science as the only mechanism of curing the Girl It would be you and I against everyone else, he Delaura said Which is why I was surprised that you came, said the physician I am nothan hunted prey in the game preserve of the Holy Office The truth is I am not really sure why I have come, said Delaura Unless that child has been imposed on me by the Holy pirit to test the strength of my faith I thanked the physician for his medical help and for the eye wash and returned to my room I was left alone with my chaotic conscience I was enmeshed with an unconquerable quandary, an eternal paradox of religion and science my pair of eyes which helped me visualize and drink in the beauty of the world in tandem yet I was made to choose between the two in order to save the girl I loved I lacked focus in science, held a wavering devotion towards God It was written in the destiny of the Girl and in our fate of wishful togetherness that she would be saved only by one of the two,as seen through one of my eyes The Girl was everything to me, the love of my life, the burning sensation in my loins, the apple of my eye and the Indomitable Sun My cravings drove me back and forth between the erudition of the Physician and the unflinching faith of the Bishop I was lost in distraction in the whirlpool of the eternal question Science or God Rabies or Demonic possession Maybe the demon really possessed her or maybe she really had rabies Distraught and vexed I tried looking at the Sun, I tried to savour the beauty of the eclipse with both my eyes gifted by God and backed by science, then I heard the ululating chants of Vade Retro beating mercilessly on my ear drums, I felt the whirlpool taking me along it s dreadful path as the sun seared my eyes with a betrayed pain of faith and the treacherous agony of science


  7. Kelly Kelly says:

    This was not the first book of Marquez s that I have read I read Love in the Time of Cholera when I was in my late teens I found it so utterly surreal and unlike anything I had ever experienced before I wasn t sure if I liked it, precisely, but I knew that I wantedI was gripped by it, possessed by it, which was not quite the same experience as liking a novel, exactly.The next one I picked up after that was this one Of Love and Other Demons I can safely say that I felt the same way This was not the first book of Marquez s that I have read I read Love in the Time of Cholera when I was in my late teens I found it so utterly surreal and unlike anything I had ever experienced before I wasn t sure if I liked it, precisely, but I knew that I wantedI was gripped by it, possessed by it, which was not quite the same experience as liking a novel, exactly.The next one I picked up after that was this one Of Love and Other Demons I can safely say that I felt the same way about this one, but with a deeper familiarity that allowed me to experience it on a deeper level than the first I feel like I am suspended in space while reading his novels, in some world where standards and morality and interpretation don t really matter all that much It is deeply enchanting As magical realism, it succeeds brilliantly The subject matter is rather heavy, but I didn t feel heavy while reading this in the slightest It takes a special writer to produce that effect, in my opinion The prose is, obviously, beautiful enough to induce that It s also unexpected, surprising, but I accepted it It didn t jar me out the way it would have in another book.I should re read this soon, now that I think about it


  8. Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles says:

    Sad and terrifying.


  9. Samadrita Samadrita says:

    I have always drawn parallels between Marquez and Murakami not only because of the common element of magical realism so discernible in their works, but also because of their talent for splendid imagery.But it goes without saying, there s a pronounced difference between their styles as well While I understood perfectly well that Murakami likes to crack open the spine of a city bustling with life and activity on the surface and fish out its soul from the intimidating depths of its anatomy, Marque I have always drawn parallels between Marquez and Murakami not only because of the common element of magical realism so discernible in their works, but also because of their talent for splendid imagery.But it goes without saying, there s a pronounced difference between their styles as well While I understood perfectly well that Murakami likes to crack open the spine of a city bustling with life and activity on the surface and fish out its soul from the intimidating depths of its anatomy, Marquez had me stumped with One Hundred Years of Solitude While Murakami tries to dissect the universal human condition with so much empathy, does Marquez only seek to tell licentious tales Even though I enjoyed reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, I remember feeling quite overwhelmed by the time I was done with it I couldn t quite fathom all its underlying implications It was much too immense in its scope.But finally with my second Marquez book, I think I ve succeeded in my endeavors to decode his writing, to a certain extent.Besides having that eerie, surreal quality characteristic of Marquez s style, Of love and other demons is a subtle reproof against religious dogmas and race divides It is like an ephemeral tapestry of breath taking beauty, woven with garishly loud colors.As you flip through the pages of this little gem, you are transported to an alternative plane of reality where absurd things make wonderful sense and commonplace affairs of everyday reality seem inconsequential Where images of a marquisageing wife engaging in wild orgies with her African slaves and allusions to sodomy do not make the reader recoil in horror Where the instance of a 36 year old man wanting to make love to a 12 year old girl, makes you think of a doomed romance but not pedophilia Because by that time Marquez would have cast his magic spell on you and whisked you away to a neverland where social conventions and the established notions of morality are immaterial.He becomes the puppeteer, the illusionist and the enthralled readers can only follow his lead and believe in what he wants them to believe.While I ve given both One Hundred Years of Solitude and Of love and other demons 4 stars, I have to admit I liked this book muchthan the former I m hoping Marquez will grow on me


  10. Vanessa J. Vanessa J. says:

    This book was like a punch in the gut And it left me with little to no words, so this review will be short and vague so as to not spoiling anything.Set in the 18th century, 12 year old Sierva Mar a is bitten by a dog and people believe her to be posessed by a demon Thus they send her to a convent where Cayetano Delaura meets her and falls in intense love.Honestly, it s very simple, and yet there s so much in it The writing is so atmospheric, and this is enhanced by the subtle magical realism This book was like a punch in the gut And it left me with little to no words, so this review will be short and vague so as to not spoiling anything.Set in the 18th century, 12 year old Sierva Mar a is bitten by a dog and people believe her to be posessed by a demon Thus they send her to a convent where Cayetano Delaura meets her and falls in intense love.Honestly, it s very simple, and yet there s so much in it The writing is so atmospheric, and this is enhanced by the subtle magical realism in the book, which in my opinion is better than to start making weird things happen and fancy yourself very clever.The story itself is utterly tragic, and so far, it s been my favourite book by Garc a M rquez He s one of the authors that make me proud of being Latin American I ve got nothing left to say except that you should read this book and see for yourself how beautiful and sad it is


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10 thoughts on “Of Love and Other Demons

  1. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English Of Love and Other Demons Italiano An ash gray dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst onto the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday in December, knocked down tables of fried food, overturned Indians stalls and lottery kiosks, and bit four people who happened to cross its path Three of them were black slaves The fourth, Sierva Mar a de todos Los ngeles, the only child of the Marquis de Casalduero, had come there with a mulatta servant to buy a string of bells for t English Of Love and Other Demons Italiano An ash gray dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst onto the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday in December, knocked down tables of fried food, overturned Indians stalls and lottery kiosks, and bit four people who happened to cross its path Three of them were black slaves The fourth, Sierva Mar a de todos Los ngeles, the only child of the Marquis de Casalduero, had come there with a mulatta servant to buy a string of bells for the celebration of her twelfth birthday Two facts giving rise this novel Fact number 1 Gabriel Garc a M rquez, when he was still a young fledgling journalist, was sent by his editor in chief fishing for information to an ancient cloistered convent because some construction workers were opening few tombs From one of these vaults 22 meters of auburn hair, still attached at a little female skull On the gravestone was writtenSierva Mar a de todos Los ngelesThe foreman thought, in contrast to Garc a M rquez, this was a common event, arguing that human hair could grow up about one centimeter a month.Fact number 2 The author s grandmother told to little Gabriel the story about a 12 year old Marquis with long hair to the ground, died because of a bite from a rabid dog, and revered in the Caribbean for her many miracles.The fictional link between these two episodes led to this little gem of mystery and magic Obviously, I might add, being Gabriel Garc a M rquez Vote 8 Un cane cenerognolo con una stella sulla fronte irruppe nei budelli del mercato la prima domenica di dicembre, travolse rivendite di fritture, scompigli bancarelle di indios e chioschi della lotteria, e passando morse quattro persone che si trovavano sul suo percorso Tre erano schiavi negri L altra fu Sierva Mar a de todos Los ngeles, figlia unica del marchese di Casalduero, che si era recata con una domestica mulatta a comprare una filza di sonagli per la festa dei suoi dodici anni Vi sono due fatti all origine di questo romanzo Fatto numero 1 Un giovane Gabriel Garc a M rquez, giornalista alle prime armi, venne mandato in cerca di notizie dal suo caporedattore presso un antico convento di clarisse poich dei muratori stavano vuotando alcune cripte Da una di queste vennero fuori 22 metri di capelli color rame ancora attaccati ad un piccolo cranio di ragazzina La lapide dicevaSierva Mar a de todos Los ngelesIl capomastro, a differenza dell autore, reputava questo fosse un fatto piuttosto comune, poich sosteneva che i capelli umani crescessero di un centimetro al mese, anche dopo morti.Fatto numero 2 La nonna di Garc a M rquez narrava al piccolo Gabriel la leggenda di una marchesina di dodici anni dai capelli lunghi tanto da toccare terra, morta a causa del morso di un cane rabbioso, e venerata nei Caraibi per i suoi molti miracoli.La rielaborazione da parte dell autore di questi episodi ed il loro collegamento romanzato ha portato a questo piccolo gioiello di magia e mistero Come ovvio che sia, trattandosi di Gabriel Garc a M rquez Voto 8

  2. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    Ideas do not belong to anyone They fly around up there like the angels Neither Colombia nor Gabriel Garc a M rquez need any lengthy introduction One of the most fascinating countries of our planet, beautiful, mystical, haunting A land of tales, magic and lively people A writer who is rightfully considered one of the finest in the history of Literature, a magician of words, an artist who elevated the novella genre and became one of the pioneers of Magical Realism Of Love and OthIdeas do not belong to anyone They fly around up there like the angels Neither Colombia nor Gabriel Garc a M rquez need any lengthy introduction One of the most fascinating countries of our planet, beautiful, mystical, haunting A land of tales, magic and lively people A writer who is rightfully considered one of the finest in the history of Literature, a magician of words, an artist who elevated the novella genre and became one of the pioneers of Magical Realism Of Love and Other Demons is my favourite work by M rquez and the one which initiated me into the beauty of his writing and started my fascination with Colombia This was the moment to revisit it onetime A wild dog attacks the people in the market of Cartagena All those who were bitten die of rabies with the exception of Sierva Maria, the daughter of the Marquis, who shows no sign of decline Soon, strange incidents begin to take place in the city, attributed to the girl When the plague starts, the Church takes an interest and begins to investigate whether Maria is actually possessed by demons Cayetano, a gifted young priest, is assigned to her case and he comes to understand that the Devil is actually pretty weak when compared to two great forces the madness of the human beings and Love A kind of love that must survive the attack of the demons who are very much alive, walking on this miserable earthFurther, a pig spoke and a goat gave birth to triplets M rquez presents a society that is steeped in superstition and sees evil and signs of doom everywhere The disease of rabies has always been loaded with myths and otherworldly references As it is transmitted by animal bites, it has been associated with creatures from all fantasy spectrums, from werewolves and vampires to the Devil himself Further, the psychological implications of the virus and the way in which victims were dying helped in elevating rabies to the sphere of the metaphysical and the unexplainable M rquez used these myths to perfection in this novella The atmosphere of magic and exoticism is further emphasized by the setting of the story The port is ripe with commerce, slavery is still going strong These factors comprise a multicultural society, an amalgam of ethnicities, languages, religions and common beliefs M rquez uses the side effects of class discrimination and the variety of tradition to demonstrate the power of convictions on the thoughts and the life of the people Religion can be seen either as a refuge or as an excuse to exert power on the helpless A Bishop who would like to show how open minded he is when he only aims at imposing his beliefs on everyone An Abbess that cannot see in front of her nose, serving the malicious fundamentalism of the monasteries And a priest that tries to fight against madness to save a girl who moves between two worlds, a presence full of secrets and contradictions What is she What truly happened Through sensuality, folklore and raw realism, M rquez creates a colourful tapestry of themes and beliefs, with a vivid cast of characters Maria and Cayetano are two protagonists that left their mark on M rquez s work, in a story that is visceral and beautiful, powerful and tragic A fable, an exotic allegory that shows how human beings can do the worst evil imaginable Not any demon, not any devil but men Men that destroy all that is pure and good and strange by condemning it as unnatural and vileI have always believed He attributesimportance to love than to faith My reviews can also be found on

  3. Laura Laura says:

    This book starts off very slowly and almost slyly, as if someone has started telling a long winded story and you re really not paying attention, and then, halfway through the story you realize that you re hanging onto every word If Garcia Marquez explored the metaphor or love as a disease in Love in the Time of Cholera , then here he centers his story around the metaphor of love as madness and demonic possession I think the metaphor actually works better than the cholera one This book feels This book starts off very slowly and almost slyly, as if someone has started telling a long winded story and you re really not paying attention, and then, halfway through the story you realize that you re hanging onto every word If Garcia Marquez explored the metaphor or love as a disease in Love in the Time of Cholera , then here he centers his story around the metaphor of love as madness and demonic possession I think the metaphor actually works better than the cholera one This book feels much simpler than Love Cholera or 100 Years of Solitude , but it s not that s just Garcia Marquez s mastery of writing working for you His writing is so exquisite that it appears effortless, and it feels effortless to read Also, this book focuses on one incident during a very short period of time and therefore reads very differently than Garcia Marquez sfamous extensive sagas I think this form shows off his writing evenOne of the other reasons why I particularly liked this book is that I actually liked the main male character, Cayetano Delaura There s something very sincere and genuine about him I highly recommend this book it s not a long read, and it s a very enjoyable one

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    von der Liebe und anderen Damonen Del amory otros demonios Del amar y otros demonios Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Garc a M rquezThe twelve year old daughter of the Marquis and his wife Bernarda Her hair has never been cut, and was promised to the saints when she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck She was raised by the slaves, fluent in multiple African languages, and familiar with the customs In the beginning of the book she is bit by a rabid dog Even though she sho von der Liebe und anderen Damonen Del amory otros demonios Del amar y otros demonios Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Garc a M rquezThe twelve year old daughter of the Marquis and his wife Bernarda Her hair has never been cut, and was promised to the saints when she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck She was raised by the slaves, fluent in multiple African languages, and familiar with the customs In the beginning of the book she is bit by a rabid dog Even though she shows no signs of rabies, she is subject to multiple healing methods, which can be considered torture She is sent to the convent of Santa Clara to receive an exorcism, which many people have died from She receives attention from a priest, Father Cayetano, who is kind to her and initially believes she does not need to be exorcised Father Cayetano falls in love with Sierva Maria and declares her his love he soon begins visiting Sierva in her cell in secret, climbing up from the sewer that in future is fixed They eat, sleep, and recite poetry together, even though it does not appear that they are sexually involved Later Father Cayetano is sent away to a leper hospital where he hopes to get the disease but never does Sierva Maria in the meantime is last summoned to be exorcised and she eventually dies of love wondering where Father Cayetano is and after having her hair cut After her death, her hair magically grows back on her skull 2004 1374 208 20 1374 188 1378 184 9645535050 1379 218 9649021744 1393 232 9789647196505

  5. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dyingGabriel Garc a M rquez claims in the prologue that he had been told by his grandmother of a legend ofa little twelve year old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal trainwho contracts rabies This girl was an alleged miracle worker Years later, when Garc a M rquez was confronted with the tomb of a similar girl whose copper colored hair measured twenty two meters, he decided to write tFor you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dyingGabriel Garc a M rquez claims in the prologue that he had been told by his grandmother of a legend ofa little twelve year old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal trainwho contracts rabies This girl was an alleged miracle worker Years later, when Garc a M rquez was confronted with the tomb of a similar girl whose copper colored hair measured twenty two meters, he decided to write this novel.I really enjoyed this one in particular This maybe due to the fact that it is built in dramatic style of classic romance novels and despite the usual graphic scenes of mistreatment and torture as portrayed in some other Garc a M rquez works, the book has a very classic gothic romance feel to it, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.Caution A trigger warning for torture and pedophilia

  6. Ritwik Ritwik says:

    Instead of writing a review by jotting down my bleak understanding of the glorious book by Gabo I thought of weaving a little tale based on it and using the characters along with the principle symbolism in the book Disbelief isresistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses As always I,Father Delaura lost focus and stumbled on my way to the Bishop s room where I was invited to witness an eclipse In the cloistered silence I found the bishop in a pensive mood holding a smoke Instead of writing a review by jotting down my bleak understanding of the glorious book by Gabo I thought of weaving a little tale based on it and using the characters along with the principle symbolism in the book Disbelief isresistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses As always I,Father Delaura lost focus and stumbled on my way to the Bishop s room where I was invited to witness an eclipse In the cloistered silence I found the bishop in a pensive mood holding a smoked glass in his hand for looking at the sun I wanted to tell him I have fallen for the possessed girl I was supposed to exorcise I wanted to shriek at him, implore him, beg at his feet to condone my misgivings on faith in spite of being an eminent priest and a renowned Father and a dutiful librarian But I couldn t come to terms with my own imbecility and indecision The sun has always been the sigil of a pristine presence, a God,an indomitable focus of energy The Bishop could see the eclipse through the smoked glass and said that wherever he looked he could still the see the eclipse His faith in God was undoubted and his arguments supporting his faith were insurmountable He always came up with the most cleverest and undeterred of arguments favouring his position He had faith, he had focus, he closed one of his eyes and through the smoked glass could relish the sight of the Eclipse He requested me to look at the eclipse but with focus and using only one of eyes as the eclipse will go away in a few hours In my state of perpetual distraction I looked at the eclipse with both my eyes without using the smoked glass and ended up nearly burning my retinas in the process I covered my afflicted eye with a dark patch I tried telling the Bishop of my doubts regarding the satanic possession of the girl and maybe rabies was the true reason behind the girl s instability and the girl should be left in the deft hands of doctors or physicians to come up with a cure As we proceeded with the discussion,I tried to reason with him but he came up with an invincible ambiguity which left meperplexed than defeated We cannot intervene in the rotation of the earth, said Delaura But we could be unaware of it so that it does not cause us grief, said the Bishop More than faith, what Galileo lacked was a heart I left the Bishop s room unconvinced I had always loved reading books ranging from the religious ones in Latin to the forbidden books of chivalry until one day I was deprived of my decrepit copy of Amadis of Gaul and was coerced to devote my absolute faith in God rather than immersing myself in frivolities of chivalry Mustering my aspirations to save the girl, I went to the physician who was the first person outside the immediate noble family of the Marquis who was made aware of the Girl s instability ,which as his scientific capacity of a doctor would decree, said that the dog bite might be the the cause of the Girl s distress The physician,a man of scholarly disposition with a chaotic and a dubious past invited me in devoid of any apprehension He was not a bit disconcerted to allow a man of religion to enter his house I was fascinated with the amount of books on his shelves I was impressed by his Latin speaking skills and he showed me the forbidden book I was deprived of in my younger days the four volumes of Amadis of Gaul I gave a glance of awe over the precious edition and I could feel my other half of my being, my sunburnt eye plunging into the throes of ephemeral recuperation He removed the patch and tossed it in the thrash bin The only thing wrong with that eye is that it seesthan it ought too, he said.We discussed about books and scientific things which were deemed prohibited and leaned over the line of heresy I shared my heartfelt concern of the affected Girl with the physician I inadvertently confessed my love for her I was ready to accept science as the only mechanism of curing the Girl It would be you and I against everyone else, he Delaura said Which is why I was surprised that you came, said the physician I am nothan hunted prey in the game preserve of the Holy Office The truth is I am not really sure why I have come, said Delaura Unless that child has been imposed on me by the Holy pirit to test the strength of my faith I thanked the physician for his medical help and for the eye wash and returned to my room I was left alone with my chaotic conscience I was enmeshed with an unconquerable quandary, an eternal paradox of religion and science my pair of eyes which helped me visualize and drink in the beauty of the world in tandem yet I was made to choose between the two in order to save the girl I loved I lacked focus in science, held a wavering devotion towards God It was written in the destiny of the Girl and in our fate of wishful togetherness that she would be saved only by one of the two,as seen through one of my eyes The Girl was everything to me, the love of my life, the burning sensation in my loins, the apple of my eye and the Indomitable Sun My cravings drove me back and forth between the erudition of the Physician and the unflinching faith of the Bishop I was lost in distraction in the whirlpool of the eternal question Science or God Rabies or Demonic possession Maybe the demon really possessed her or maybe she really had rabies Distraught and vexed I tried looking at the Sun, I tried to savour the beauty of the eclipse with both my eyes gifted by God and backed by science, then I heard the ululating chants of Vade Retro beating mercilessly on my ear drums, I felt the whirlpool taking me along it s dreadful path as the sun seared my eyes with a betrayed pain of faith and the treacherous agony of science

  7. Kelly Kelly says:

    This was not the first book of Marquez s that I have read I read Love in the Time of Cholera when I was in my late teens I found it so utterly surreal and unlike anything I had ever experienced before I wasn t sure if I liked it, precisely, but I knew that I wantedI was gripped by it, possessed by it, which was not quite the same experience as liking a novel, exactly.The next one I picked up after that was this one Of Love and Other Demons I can safely say that I felt the same way This was not the first book of Marquez s that I have read I read Love in the Time of Cholera when I was in my late teens I found it so utterly surreal and unlike anything I had ever experienced before I wasn t sure if I liked it, precisely, but I knew that I wantedI was gripped by it, possessed by it, which was not quite the same experience as liking a novel, exactly.The next one I picked up after that was this one Of Love and Other Demons I can safely say that I felt the same way about this one, but with a deeper familiarity that allowed me to experience it on a deeper level than the first I feel like I am suspended in space while reading his novels, in some world where standards and morality and interpretation don t really matter all that much It is deeply enchanting As magical realism, it succeeds brilliantly The subject matter is rather heavy, but I didn t feel heavy while reading this in the slightest It takes a special writer to produce that effect, in my opinion The prose is, obviously, beautiful enough to induce that It s also unexpected, surprising, but I accepted it It didn t jar me out the way it would have in another book.I should re read this soon, now that I think about it

  8. Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles says:

    Sad and terrifying.

  9. Samadrita Samadrita says:

    I have always drawn parallels between Marquez and Murakami not only because of the common element of magical realism so discernible in their works, but also because of their talent for splendid imagery.But it goes without saying, there s a pronounced difference between their styles as well While I understood perfectly well that Murakami likes to crack open the spine of a city bustling with life and activity on the surface and fish out its soul from the intimidating depths of its anatomy, Marque I have always drawn parallels between Marquez and Murakami not only because of the common element of magical realism so discernible in their works, but also because of their talent for splendid imagery.But it goes without saying, there s a pronounced difference between their styles as well While I understood perfectly well that Murakami likes to crack open the spine of a city bustling with life and activity on the surface and fish out its soul from the intimidating depths of its anatomy, Marquez had me stumped with One Hundred Years of Solitude While Murakami tries to dissect the universal human condition with so much empathy, does Marquez only seek to tell licentious tales Even though I enjoyed reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, I remember feeling quite overwhelmed by the time I was done with it I couldn t quite fathom all its underlying implications It was much too immense in its scope.But finally with my second Marquez book, I think I ve succeeded in my endeavors to decode his writing, to a certain extent.Besides having that eerie, surreal quality characteristic of Marquez s style, Of love and other demons is a subtle reproof against religious dogmas and race divides It is like an ephemeral tapestry of breath taking beauty, woven with garishly loud colors.As you flip through the pages of this little gem, you are transported to an alternative plane of reality where absurd things make wonderful sense and commonplace affairs of everyday reality seem inconsequential Where images of a marquisageing wife engaging in wild orgies with her African slaves and allusions to sodomy do not make the reader recoil in horror Where the instance of a 36 year old man wanting to make love to a 12 year old girl, makes you think of a doomed romance but not pedophilia Because by that time Marquez would have cast his magic spell on you and whisked you away to a neverland where social conventions and the established notions of morality are immaterial.He becomes the puppeteer, the illusionist and the enthralled readers can only follow his lead and believe in what he wants them to believe.While I ve given both One Hundred Years of Solitude and Of love and other demons 4 stars, I have to admit I liked this book muchthan the former I m hoping Marquez will grow on me

  10. Vanessa J. Vanessa J. says:

    This book was like a punch in the gut And it left me with little to no words, so this review will be short and vague so as to not spoiling anything.Set in the 18th century, 12 year old Sierva Mar a is bitten by a dog and people believe her to be posessed by a demon Thus they send her to a convent where Cayetano Delaura meets her and falls in intense love.Honestly, it s very simple, and yet there s so much in it The writing is so atmospheric, and this is enhanced by the subtle magical realism This book was like a punch in the gut And it left me with little to no words, so this review will be short and vague so as to not spoiling anything.Set in the 18th century, 12 year old Sierva Mar a is bitten by a dog and people believe her to be posessed by a demon Thus they send her to a convent where Cayetano Delaura meets her and falls in intense love.Honestly, it s very simple, and yet there s so much in it The writing is so atmospheric, and this is enhanced by the subtle magical realism in the book, which in my opinion is better than to start making weird things happen and fancy yourself very clever.The story itself is utterly tragic, and so far, it s been my favourite book by Garc a M rquez He s one of the authors that make me proud of being Latin American I ve got nothing left to say except that you should read this book and see for yourself how beautiful and sad it is

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