Condenado a la seriedad y a la impostura, Julio, el silencioso protagonista de Bonsái – la novela que supuso el brillante debut narrativo de Alejandro Zambra– . Eso es lo que ha hecho Alejandro Zambra en este libro que, del mismo modo que un bonsái no es un árbol, más que una novela corta o un relato largo es una . Zambra’s first novel, Bonsái, attracted much attention in Chile and appeared in the Spanish Editorial Anagrama, which was awarded the.
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In an oblique way, this is a book about literature.
A bonsai has to be nurtured and truly loved or else it will die; likewise, unless one does the same thing with human love, that will also die.
As university students with a fondness for prose, Emilia and Julio share their love for the written word.
In any event, the story’s first paragraph is enough to pull even the most reluctant reader a,ejandro. It is the very reason these fragile pages find their solid ground, coloring the path in their wake.
It is the story of two young lovers, lovers of one another and literature, and what happens to them once they part.
It is intimate and painful and beautiful beyond the words that comprise it. About words and what they do to people. Return to Book Page. Absurdist, like the novel. Followed on the next page with the passage: Lots of literary name dropping, random stories that interact in almost a predictable and dull fashion and two-dimensional characters living their lives rather emptily.
She said that, and Julio was present when she said it: Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso. And better still after the third reading. 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 In the end she dies and he remains alone, although in truth he was alone some years before her death, Emilia’s death.
I returned to my warm, comforting bed and woke up again at 7 am. Es simple y limpia, pero triste. Going against the grain. The two elements must be in harmony and the selection of the appropriate pot for a tree is almost an art form in itself.
Condemned to a life of seriousness and imposture, Julio, the silent protagonist of this book, ends up convincing himself that it is better to shut himself in his room to observe the growth of a bonsai than to wander along the uncomfortable paths of literature.
Ya gotta love suggestions like that. 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 today.
I can only recommend this to anyone.
Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra | : Books
Get Bonsai and read it. Jorge Luis Borges advises us to write a story as if writing a summary of an already writen novel. You get the cold flesh of the story in that chilling first line: Both refused to play Charles but their good sex life continues.
Open Preview See a Problem? He won a scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in Madridwhere he obtained an MA in Hispanic studies.
Dec 21, jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: A story about how literature intersects with life, about how books brought them together and about how books where insufficient to save them from drifting apart.
It is wonderful when a long, dark night is followed by the resuscitating ray of the morning sun.
I had been offered the translation but it would have taken forever and so I opted for the proofreading and when I found I had had to more or less to re-translate it, I was livid. Bonsai is an amazing read that gives one alejwndro sense of having experienced something magical.
While the narrative starts with them getting together, it also shadows them for countless years, situations, and affairs that happen away from alejabdro other.
I went to bed and woke up at 4 am. What starts off as a simplistic love story gets an intricate and real-life treatment of pining, longing, misguided machinations of affections and passion.
Thanks Seemita, for the recommendation. It is the intricate potting of a story within a story that really sticks with the reader, the half-truths of life that go on to become a work of art, the literature housed in the container of experience. In the end she dies and he remains alone, although in truth he was alone some years before her death, Emilia’s death. Preview — Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra.
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Bonsai – Editorial Anagrama
Want to Read saving…. And as the love that unites them is immense and they are not willing to sacrifice it for any reason, they decide to lose the little plant in a multitude of identical little plants. Characters boonsai sweep on and off the stage, love is found and lost within the length of a paragraph, revelations are made and people are lost forever, aleuandro without rising from a soft idyllic tone that Zambra executes with the care of one polishing expensive glassware. So I had to re-set the scene and reread the book.
May 16, Adina rated it it was ok Shelves: