“For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dying.”
― Gabriel García Márquez,
This man needs no introduction. Garcia Marquez has written some of the greatest books in translation. Love in the time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, just to name a few, are timeless literary classics. Something to also take note of are his smaller novellas which seem to fall under the radar compared to his larger books. Packed into small amounts of paper are some of the best stories I’ve read.
Of Love and Other Demons follows the life of young Sierva Maria. She was born to uncaring parents, and raised by the slaves on her father’s land. Known to be wild and uncivilized, Sierva Maria finds herself torn from the people she loves and thrown into a prison of sorts that is run by the church.
Father Cayetano Delaura has heard of the long-haired crazy girl. But not only has he heard of her, he has dreamed of her, and knows it is up to him to tame her savage soul. A man in his late twenties/early thirties (I can’t remember exactly), he shocks himself when he realizes he is in love with this child. Obviously, there is a great deal of controversy when it comes to a relationship between a preteen and a man in his thirties, and everyone desperately tries to keep them apart.
You will have to read to find out how it ends, but I found the plot to be really intriguing, and unashamed of the subject matter. I feel like only famous, established writers can get away with writing something involving that type of relationship without being condemned by society. It must be the combination of being well known, and writing the story so elegantly it makes reads want to swoon. Beautifully executed.