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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The first lie Julio told Emilia was zamra he had read Marcel Proust. Vidas Perpendiculares Alvaro Enrigue. Bonsai is the story of Julio and Emilia, a young Chilean couple who become lovers almost inadvertently.

Because of this, I was not in the right frame of mind and also troubled with my bosnai interpretation of the book. It worked just great if the intention was to make the reader detached as well.

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The only problem is that I completely missed it. Ray of light, extinguished: Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to be a bonsai I am walking away with a bunch of recommendations by Zambrra and Emilia.

That’s all it takes. There is a feeling of weightlessness to the prose and story that still manages to weigh heavy in the heart and soul upon completion. View all 46 comments. Alla fine Emilia muore e Julio non muore.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Anyone that has loved or loved and lost can find charm in the hazy tale Zambra has created. This site uses cookies.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra – A Review

Zambra makes reference to it. At one point, Chile was full of bonsais. May 16, Adina rated it it was ok Shelves: I am bit puzzled why this won the prize, maybe there weren’t many books published that year, who knows.


Zambra pulls you aalejandro the A book that reads like a quote on life.

Bonsai – Alejandro Zambra

Thanks Seemita, for the recommendation. Mis documentos Alejandro Zambra. In the end she dies and he remains alone, although in truth he was alone some years before her death, Emilia’s death. I think you get my gist.

El Pudor del Pornografo Alan Pauls. Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso. 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.

Laejandro is a love story, of sorts, and Zambra lays it out clearly right from the get-go, the opening paragraph explaining; In the end she dies and he remains alone, although in reality he was boonsai some years before the death of her, of Emilia. Throughout Bonsaithe narrator struggles to keep the fiction within the very limited bounds of the novella. Paperback84 pages. And if that seems almost too neat, Zambra helps his cause by leaving the story a bit ragged too, and by not having that be all there is to it.

Bonsai is his first novel. Going back to the quote, the style while interesting, in the hands of Zambra, also leaves something wanting. What a high then! It is that lack of detail, whether physical, or emotional that leaves one zambfa from the story. That on the surface bonsa a good thing but when they begin reading aloud their various works to each other, an imperceptible change is noticed and the cracks begin to appear in their love for one another.


Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra Goodreads Author. Aleuandro is an appealing miniature, a novella that, despite its brevity, feels airy and full.

Going against the grain. If anyone is interested in reading this one and needs a copy of Macedonio Fernandez’s Tantalia, feel free to give me xambra shout and I’ll email you the 5-page story pronto. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Zambra describes the emerging relationship with this passage:.

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There are so many other delicious books around to read. So here I am. And while aleuandro could certainly question why both the book and aleiandro tree should be made so small, both are undeniably fascinating. Exhort our fledgling dreams to a palpable fruition?

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. View all 4 comments. Nevertheless, in spite of its brevity, it runs the gamut of your average novel of saywords in its intensity, soul and concentrated structure. Open Preview See a Problem? It was the following sentence that was the reason: Bonsai feels even more derivative because Zambra’s entire approach to presenting these lives, and their relationship, reads exactly like what Alain de Botton was doing in his early novels — just with a Chilean spin: Bonsai is the first piece of literature that I read in Spanish.