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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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Their eyes have been opened, the writing is on the wall, but they fight it, even as they recognise that they’re just going through the motions.

Lists with This Book. So, now I was determined: Zambra is, more or less, up to the challenge. Bonsai is the first piece of literature that I read in Spanish.

Yet it perhaps disservices the book to splay the characters out in this way, for they are charming, wistfully funny, and completely believable. The rest is literature: For me, it’s essentially about reading about a distant ‘me’the identity of this ‘me’ to be an inhabitant of past corridors or a tenant of future roads being inconsequential.

Later comes the despair, then misfortune of knowing they will never be able to find it. A poem dedicated to being young and careless and wasteful of the most precious moments of your life, if you only had the wisdom to know it at the time. Knowledge of a thing cannot impede it, but there are illusory hopes, and this story, which is become a story of illusory hopes, goes on like this: Anyone that has loved or loved and lost can find charm in the hazy tale Zambra has created.

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In that very first paragraph, the narrator lays it out: I don’t want to know why there’s so much shit in this neighborhood, why you came to live in this neighborhood full of caca, replete with cunning glances, with weird young people, with fat ladies dragging bags, and with fat ladies who aren’t dragging bags but who walk very slowly. Orice-nceput se vrea fecund, risipei se deda Florarul. The couple meet while studying, not just for an exam, not just for a Spanish exam, but for a Spanish Syntax II exam.

And turned on I am. At first, the only thing I had in mind was the image of someone who had a bonsai, took care of it, wanted it to have a certain form, and understood that it was a true work of art because it could die.

So here I am.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

Although love may be fragile, accidental and dependent on interpretation, however, it is certainly real. And the two are going to stay with me for a little while longer.

Let’s say that she is called or was called Emilia and sambra he is called, was called and continues to be called Julio. I think that their relationship should have stopped here whilst it was still on aleajndro high here but then Proust raises his ugly head and then deception enters with a vengeance. So, too, with the novel.

The Eleven by Pierre Michon Pierre Michon, in spite of having won an array of French literary prizes, has remained little k In the end Emilia dies and Julio does not die. Here is a little sample: What does a resonating journal do? To ask other readers questions about Bonsaiplease sign up. Followed on the next page with the passage: View all 7 comments. I had been offered the translation but it would have taken forever boonsai so I opted for the proofreading and when I found I had had to more or less to re-translate it, I was livid.


The ending was perfect for me. Disse isso, e Julio, estava presente quando disse: Bonsai begins with what appears as the beginning of a framed story—it leaves no doubt where the story will go, only how it will get there. This tiny book is dripping with melancholy. 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 boneai die.

The za,bra is normally a flowerpot or an interesting chunk of rock. I liked this one.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

Return to Book Page. Were the critics all first year double majors in post-modern literature and philosophy?

So as zambea result I’m looking for another “fix” by this wonderful author and I already have my eyes set on his most recent book! Nov 08, Mevsim Yenice rated it it was amazing.

What a high then! It is a novel for people who think books create reality, not something that is just part of reality.