Nobel Prize winner and author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera", Gabriel Garcia Marquez blends the natural with supernatural in "Of Love and Other Demons" - a novel which explores community, superstition and collective hysteria. 'An ash-grey dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst on to the rough terrain of ...
Nobel Prize winner and author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera", Gabriel Garcia Marquez blends the natural with supernatural in "Of Love and Other Demons" - a novel which explores community, superstition and collective hysteria. 'An ash-grey dog with a white blaze on its forehead burst on to the rough terrain of the market on the first Sunday of December'. When a witch doctor appears on the Marquis de Casalduero's doorstep prophesising a plague of rabies in the Colombian seaport, he dismisses her claims - until he hears that his young daughter, Sierva Maria, was one of four people bitten by a rabid dog, and the only one to survive. Sierva Maria appears completely unscathed - but as rumours of the plague spread, the Marquis and his wife wonder at her continuing good health. In a town consumed by superstition, it's not long before they, and everyone else, put her survival down to a demonic possession and begin to see her supernatural powers as the cause of the town's woes. Only the young priest charged with exorcizing the evil spirit recognises the girl's sanity, but can he convince the town that it's not her that needs healing? "Superb and intensely readable". ("Time Out"). "A compassionate, witty and unforgettable masterpiece". ("Daily Telegraph"). "At once nostalgic and satiric, a resplendent fable". ("Sunday Times"). As one of the pioneers of magic realism and perhaps the most prominent voice of Latin American literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has received international recognition for his novels, works of non-fiction and collections of short stories. Those published in translation by Penguin include "Autumn of the Patriarch", "Bon Voyage Mr.President", "Collected Stories", "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", "The General in his Labyrinth", "Innocent Erendira and Other Stories", "In the Evil Hour", "Leaf Storm", "Living to Tell the Tale", "Love in the Time of Cholera", "Memories of My Melancholy Whores", "News of a Kidnapping", "No-one Writes to the Colonel", "One Hundred Years of Solitude", "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" and "Strange Pilgrims".
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I loved the book. Marquez paints characters that will stay with you forever.
Dec 30, 2010
An interesting book. I enjoyed it. It has some deep aspects.
Apr 27, 2009
A deep and passionate love
A classic in spanish literature, this book is a must for those who love to be wrapped around an intense story. A realistic yet fantastic love, Of Love and other Demons talks about the forbidden relationship of a small white girl of 12 cursed of being possessed by a demon, ignored by her family and accepted in the slaves' community and the young right hand man of the catholic leader, the one in charge of freeing her from said demons. Drama ensues. An innocent love, full of irrational ideas and dreams that at the same time describes death, pain, growing up and maturing. Love is simply the sweetest yet worst demon of all.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-03-27 The incantatory power of Garc?a M▀rquez's prose is as potent as ever in this mesmerizing story inspired by an amazing event he witnessed almost 50 years ago, as a journalist observing the transfer of burial remains from the crypt of an old convent. When one tomb was opened, ``a stream of living hair the intense color of copper spilled out.'' More than 22 meters in length, it was attached to the skull of a young girl whose body had been interred for 200 years. Remembering his grandmother's tales of a 12-year-old marquise who had died of rabies from a dog bite, Garc?a M▀rquez has imagined the girl's life and the circumstances of her death. As usual, the atmosphere is colored by magical realism: dreams and portents, inexplicable, miraculous events. The offspring of a melancholy, ineffectual marquis and a mother yoked to ``insatiable vices,'' Sierva Mar?a is raised by the family's West Indian slaves, who teach her the Yoruban language and magical practices. She is bitten by a rabid dog but shows no real symptoms; the local bishop, however, decides she is possessed by demons and orders her incarcerated in a convent where she will be exorcised by his gentle librarian, Father Delaura. But Delaura becomes possessed, tooŠby his love for this suffering child three decades his junior. Garc?a M▀rquez describes the physical tortures inflicted on Sierva Mar?a as graphically as he does the rapturousŠbut chasteŠlove between the innocent, terrified girl and her confessor. A Jewish-Portuguese doctor says that ``killing her would have been more Christian than burying her alive.'' This tragic tale is in essence an outcry against intolerance and bigotry and an indictment of a degraded Church that used its power with narrow-minded cruelty. In the end, the power of love transcends the earthly sphere. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1996-04-08 Marquez's tale of the love between a middle-aged priest and a young girl believed to be possessed by demons spent five weeks on PW's bestseller list.. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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