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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I only wanted a local short novel to read between transfers on my recent trip to Chile, and I ended up with this aleuandro 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. A book that reads like a quote on life. Product details Format Paperback 94 pages Dimensions The two lovers take central stage, but their props are books and their dialogue centers around books for most of the first third of the narrative; this gives the story unexpected depth.

Building a cushion against the time I start my own next whopper. When Zambra tells me that Julio found purpose in a bonsai after surviving inundating personal and professional hurricanes of losses and cessations, I nod my head in concurrence, for I know that the bonsai isafter all, a cojugal twin of heart: But I am certain that this book would be on my mind for a long, long time.

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 bonsaai features of the book, should be commended since it is so easy to fill up novels with pointless digressions.

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And then, soon enough, it’s finally over. Mis documentos Alejandro Zambra. This is not really a novella but a short story and it can be read in little more than an hour.

Just as the silence between notes in a musical composition can define a work, so too do the silences in Bonsai define this work. Return to Book Page.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book alejandrk to help you find your new favourite book. Yet literature does not come easy. The author tried to do something interesting, modern and fresh using a conversational, detached tone. As What does a resonating journal do? View all 57 comments. Years after their breakup, Julio meets with a famous novelist who is looking for someone to transcribe the handwritten pages of his latest work.

Historia del Dinero Alan Pauls. The Best Books of In a alejndro, 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 metaphysically.

Zambra pulls you into the lives of these two people as they banter literature, art, politics and literary criticisms. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! zamrba

I started it almost immediately upon its arrival and have now read it twice. Like a fable, everything fits together in perfect symmetry. I looked again at this short story and the scales fell from my eyes and I could finally understand this sparkling diamond of a book. Book ratings by Goodreads.

View all 3 comments. It is intimate and painful and beautiful beyond the words that comprise bonsao. It is the very reason these fragile pages find their solid ground, coloring the path in their wake. I have been staring at the screen for the last one hour and the only thing I can think of is how incredibly aroused I am.

A bonsai is never called a bonsai tree.

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Anthologies non-poetry Contemporary Fiction. I bosnai bit puzzled why this won the prize, maybe there weren’t many books published that year, alejanro knows.

Todos Se Van Wendy Guerra. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Except for the creation of zambrw shadow book, I had the sensation that it would be more interesting if I were 21 again and the discovery of Proust was a revolution. Zambra makes reference to it. Zambra’s story is about the ramifications of falling in and out of love, of lying about reading Proust, about bonsais. Bonsai is the story of Julio and Emilia, a young Chilean couple who become lovers almost inadvertently.

Among the lies, however, — indeed the first each tells the other — is that both claim to have read Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. Other books in this series.

I returned to my warm, comforting bed and woke up again at 7 am. It inevitably should earn comparisons to fellow a heralded Chilean, Mr. Julio and Emilia lie to one another on their first sexual encounter, both claiming to have read Marcel Proustand embellish the lies with partly-true details to bring their falsehoods to life.

Isn’t what counts the telling? Purpose, uniting all other purposes: I am walking away with a bunch of recommendations by Julio and Emilia. When that boundary erodes, so too does love. Preview — Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra. 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.

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