Praise. Praise for Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai “The ‘last truly great book’ I read has to be Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai. A subtle, eerie, ultimately wrenching. Through both the distance and closeness of these young lovers, Alejandro Zambra brilliantly explores the relationship between art, love, and life. Bonsai is. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra.

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At the age of seventeen, Emilia enrolled at the Universidad de Chile to study literature, because it had been her lifelong dream. It is both tiny and exquisite. Zambra moves between characters who read Flaubert, Proust and finally a character who pretends to be transcribing a book by a Chilean author and creates his own work in doing it. The author tried to do something interesting, modern and fresh using a conversational, detached tone.

Arrest us in the powerful aura of words?

Bonsai is an appealing miniature, a novella that, despite its brevity, feels airy and full. It has all the hallmarks of his style: That on the surface is a good thing but when they begin reading aloud their various works to each other, an imperceptible change is noticed and the cracks begin to appear in their love for one another.

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In an oblique way, this is a book about literature. Like a fable, everything fits together in perfect symmetry.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

alejanddo There is a sweet simplicity and breathless fluidity to this tiny novel. They liked it almost enough to get hot from it. The novel can be read on many levels, and is delicately unsettling, the kind of story that lingers in the mind for weeks after being read. I was prepared to abandon it I must confess.


It turns out to be a weighty lie, because literature binds them, and what binds them can also tear them apart. The word alejandfo includes the living element. Un saludo a Cristian Gazmuri Cast a succor net on our isolated struggles?

They abandon Madame Bovary fifty pages before the end, and: Paperback84 pages. You can see how he goes about writing in this quote. The couple meet while studying, not just for an exam, not just for a Spanish exam, but for a Spanish Syntax II exam. In a way, they are creating literature and as their relationship continues, full of lies and truths and half-truths like any young couple, they further their depth as characters both literally and alejandroo.

Bonsai – Alejandro Zambra

And if that seems almost too neat, Zambra helps his cause by leaving ep story a bit ragged too, and by not having that be all there is to it. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Disse isso, e Julio, estava presente quando disse: We follow Julio and Emilia – zaambra two people who in the span of less than hundred pages became people I was more than acquainted with.

The ending was perfect for me. About words and what they do to people.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra – A Review

wl Or does not continue. The rest is literature. When Julio fell in love with Emilia all the pleasure and suffering previous to the pleasure and suffering that Emilia brought him turned into simple imitations of true pleasure and suffering. Now azmbra would I play that? We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. In the end I don’t care. Do yourself a favor, read them both. I only wanted a local short novel to read between transfers on my recent trip to Chile, and I ended up with this precious gem of a poem in prose, heavy with the memories of my own lost youth among books and movies and lost loves that I know nothing about a,ejandro.


There is this wonderful Spanish verb used, follar, and I wonder if the translator has indeed translated it correctly. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aejandro What does a resonating journal do? And also because there are pages left, because this story continues. Fagunwa From toa young man named Daniel Fagunwa worked as a teacher at the St.

Zambra is, more or less, up to the challenge. The rest is literature. This is not really a novella but a short story and it can be read in little more than an hour.

I started it almost immediately upon its arrival and have now read it twice. I think that their relationship should have stopped here whilst it was still on a high here but then Proust raises his ugly head and then deception enters with a vengeance.