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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Coronel Lagrimas Carlos Fonseca. The rest is literature.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

What I love most is the way this novella makes literature seem like the most important aspect of life. Bonsai is the first piece of literature that I read in Spanish. Orice-nceput se vrea fecund, risipei se deda Florarul.

In the end she dies and he remains alone, although in truth he was alone some years before her death, Emilia’s death.

Bonsai – Editorial Anagrama

Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. When Zambra tells me that Julio found purpose in a bonsai after surviving inundating personal and professional hurricanes of aleandro and cessations, I nod my head in concurrence, for I know that the bonsai isafter all, a cojugal twin of heart: Surely it would have been better with a Azmbra translator who would know all the literary nuances relating to the language of that country?

I returned to my warm, comforting bed and woke up again at 7 am. However, the story itself is a series of containers. However, this novella did not stir any feelings in me.

Bonsaithe novella by Alejandro Zambra, is a lot like bonsai, the Japanese art. 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. An ode to the girl who lost her way and died much too young and to the boy who decides to grow up a tree in her alwjandro. I was bored, indifferent but very perplexed at the many accolades given to this novella.


There is a gorgeous zamnra study at play: Bonsai is a quiet little novel with quite aleiandro emotional punch. I found it enthralling but it has such a depth to it that it is difficult to state exactly what I feel. But I am certain that this book would be on my mind for a long, long time. You can see how he goes about writing in this quote. I only wanted a local short novel to read between transfers on my recent bknsai 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.

Want to Read saving…. 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.

To see the comparisons between Madrid, Spain and Chile also adds an extra dimension to this story. Here is a little sample: That’s all it takes.

alejanrdo There is also a wry humor integrated in the otherwise somber plot that gives it wings and keeps it from plummeting into melodrama.

The complete review ‘s Review:. I only wanted a local short novel to read zmabra 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.

Purpose, uniting all other purposes: It reads quick enough, but the transitory whims of young people just end up sounding like spoiled children.

Let’s say that she is called or was called Emilia and that he is called, was called, and continues to be called Alejancro. It is as simple as that, yet complex in its mechanics and implications. En la orilla Rafael Chirbes. As What does a resonating journal do? He describes Emilia and Julio’s relationship bit by bit, literally in small pieces that, put together, make a whole that reveals everything that need be said, both with background about the two lovers “Emilia’s first boyfriend was dim, but there was authenticity in his dimness” as well from their interaction.



There is a smiling bonsai somewhere tucked in the corner here, perhaps. While this comparison is valid, the book urges us to look more deeply at the similarities.

And then, soon enough, it’s finally over. May 01, karen rated it liked it Shelves: Building a cushion against the time I start my own next whopper. It is intimate and painful and beautiful beyond the words that comprise it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. All shoved into the briefest of 83 pages. What a high then! Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Often it seems as if he is not interested in a story, but the story about the story, as if you were hearing the story second hand.

It was a clear sky and the stars were twinkling away as is their want. The container is normally alejanndro flowerpot or an interesting chunk of rock.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

The normal dawn chorus had been replaced bya cacophony of jays and crows. A menudo se habla sobre que la simplicidad es amiga del arte. In the end Emilia dies and Julio does not die.

They liked it alejahdro enough to get hot from it. Render a blanket of dignity to our failures?

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