No South American writer is able to evoke the fecund and febrile atmosphere of South America, the exaggerated and over-the-top emotions of love, as the characters are engulfed in the flames of passion which reflect the headiness of the atmosphere, succumbing deliriously to the cornucopia of emotions which overtake them.

“Of Love and Other Demons” is far from being Marquez’s greatest work; it meanders towards the end as the reader feels that most of the characters are pale regurgitation of his greater works, however it does at time blaze forth with Marquez’s brilliance; from the strange, elegiacal love which blossoms between Sierva Maria and the repressed Cayetano, to the description of the Abyssinian beauty in the slave market or the atmosphere of oppression which Marquez creates around the abbey in which Sierva is imprisoned or the richness of the descriptions between the relationship between the slaves.

However, the central issue with the characters is that these are watered down versions  better Marquez characters and novels; if read in isolation the reader would be the under the impression that this was the work of a burgeoning talent, a writer of originality and who is able to create wonderfully realised, if exaggerated, characters and worlds; instead we are left with a pale imitation of Marquez’s genius.