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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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. Dec 13, Sinem A. I found it enthralling but it has such a depth to it that it is difficult to state exactly what I feel. In any event, the story’s first paragraph is enough to pull even the most reluctant reader in. 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 zamba, heavy with the memories of my own lost youth among books and movies and lost loves that I know nothing about today.

Bonsai – Alejandro Zambra

The rest is literature. J A Gonzalez Sainz. I really couldn’t put it down! A failed love story: 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. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Anyone that has loved or loved and lost can find charm in the hazy tale Zambra has created. Paperback84 pages.

Bookslut | Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra, translated by translated by Carolina de Robertis

See 2 questions about Bonsai…. 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. Skip to content Bonsai The Contemporary Art of the Novella Alejandro Zambra Melville Hose, pg 83 In someways I thought Bonsai was quite interesting, and brevity, one of the defining features of the book, should be commended since it is so easy to fill up novels with pointless digressions.


View all 46 comments. Characters silently 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, all without rising from a soft idyllic tone that Zambra executes with the care of one polishing expensive glassware. It is wonderful when a long, dark night is followed by the resuscitating ray of the morning sun.

Caring for a bonsai is like writing, thinks Julio. And while one could certainly question why both the book and the tree should be made so small, both are undeniably fascinating. He writes as an observer, someone who is seeing the lives of Julio and Emilia as it is happening inside of a bubble and makes notes on his observations.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

Bonsai is an amazing read that gives one a sense alejansro having experienced something magical. This is not really a novella but a short alejanvro and it can be read in little more than an hour. 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.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Is it an irony that when I begun writing this review, the cafe was playing this track and now, I am hearing this track? Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Ray of light, extinguished: Was it a very bad year? That’s all it blnsai.


If an animal lives basically through action, it knows it is a body precisely when it can feel i Absurdist, like the novel. I started it almost immediately upon its arrival and have now read it twice.

Isn’t it the truth? I definitely recommend it if you are an intermediate Spanish learner and want to learn by reading. Or does not continue. Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. Going back to the quote, the style while interesting, in the hands of Zambra, also leaves something wanting.

Zambra is, more or alejaandro, up to the challenge. There is this wonderful Spanish verb used, follar, and I wonder if the translator has indeed translated it correctly.

El Pudor del Pornografo Alan Pauls. Motions which include continuing to read, turning now to the possibly safer classics. Yet it perhaps disservices the book to splay the characters out in this way, for they are charming, wistfully funny, and completely believable. 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.

Beyond making a note to read one of the key short stories that define the relationship between Julio and Emilia and the reason Julio chooses to commemorate their love with a bonsai.