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Laura Esquivel, la Princesa de la literatura latinoamericana, esta de regreso!Su nueva novela "Malinche" es el extraordinario recuento del tragico y apasionado amor entre el conquistador Hernan Cortes y la india Malinalli, su interprete durante la conquista del imperio azteca.

Cuando Malinalli conoce a Cortes asume que se trata del propio Dios Quetzalcoatl que regresa a lib...more
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Atria Books (first published 2005)
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Laura
Malinche is the story of the indigenous woman, Malinalli, who had a relationship with Hernan Cortes when the Spanish conquered Mexico. Her story is somewhat similar to that of Pocahontas with John Smith in the U.S. I had always understood Malinche from common myth to be seen as a traitor -- someone who was sleeping with the enemy and selling off her people's secrets. This book shows that it was not that way at all. Rather than standing as a symbol of betrayal, Malinche instead becomes the root o...more
Chip
For all you history purists (were you there? how can you be sure, unless you're Shirley McLaine?) this is a NOVEL not an anthropological research paper. Obviously the author had to take liberties with the story of Mallinali/Marina, slave girl and *the*only native American who was a front-row observer/participant in the apex/decline of the Mayan culture. She may very well have been the last non-Spaniard to see Monteczuma alive. Can you imagine what must have been going through Mallinali's mind as...more
Unlectorcompulsivo
No me gustó nada.
Supongo que esto no es spoiler porque es parte de la historia de México. Pues bien, aquí vemos a la Malinche nace presagiada por signos del cambio, su abuela, es una anciana con conocimientos milenarios tipo “new age” mientras que su madre es muy malvada y la vende. Por el otro lado, Cortés que es chaparro, malo y ambicioso, decide lanzarse a conquistar México. Los dos se encuentran y ella que odia los sacrificios humanos (porque es como pacifista, nomás porque sí), apoya a los...more
Melissa
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Stacy
The main character's relationship with nature, elements and her gods was very beautiful. This novel felt like a healing of history, especially hightened for Mexicans, I'm sure. It shifts the brutal Spanish domination of the American peoples and lands perspective to a more peaceful blending of cultures where not every native was 'conquered', they had a role that shaped history too.

That being said, I just wasn't into the book all that much. It saddened and therefore tired me to read about female...more
Rebecca
I have never read Like Water for Chocolate, but was intrigued when I found this book by the same author on the bargain shelf at B&N. Esquivel’s prose is very expressive and fluid, and I personally found it beautiful. In the Reader’s Guide at the end of the book, it states that the book is “told in the lyricism of the Nahuatl song tradition and pictorial language.” I definitely felt that that in many ways the book resembled a song more than a novel, and this may not appeal to some readers. In...more
Al
Malinche is written with the tone, writing level and emotional depth of a third-grade history book. I don't know if something (aka everything) was lost in translation, but this book seems to "talk down" to you while shifting abruptly from factual-seeming descriptions of Aztec life, society and architecture to similarly presented, yet entirely different, direct renditions of stiff and unnatural inner and outer dialogue. When rape is presented with the same voice, tone, expression and aftermath as...more
Jennifer
This was terrible and the worst part is that it is based on historical events that are absolutely captivating. Cortez took her as his translator/concubine and he used her to help him conquer Mexico. Not only that, but they had a son who is considered the first "Mexican" to exist, which is contentious for the indigenous population of Mexico. Malinche is still a divisive icon in Mexico- someone who enabled the forcible colonization of their land and people. This book has the potential to be amazin...more
Briynne
This is a tricky one to review. On one hand, it had the lovely light touch of magical realism, an intriguing interpretation of feminism, and the benefit of one of the most savage conquests in history as a dramatic backdrop. The presence of religion and spiritualism in the story is also interesting and vital to making the story work. I remember feeling almost amused shock as a fifth-grader or whenever it was that we learned that the Aztecs had mistaken the Spanish conquistadors for returning gods...more
Rob Rio
Listened to the audiobook. No doubt the author stepped into the shoes of the protagonist, Malinalli, and used her imagination to create the indigenous world Malinche knew from infancy, then wrestled with the changes Cortez and the Spanish conquistadors invoked on her people and the native tribes she was forced to address as the interpreter. Much description of the earth, nature, eroticism, pre-colonial civilization and religious/philosophical belief accompanied the sparse plot and dialogue.

Esqui...more
Olethros
-Alegórica, evocadora y, muy al fondo, hasta algo histórica.-

Género. Novela (a un paso de la Novela histórica, pero sin serlo porque esa no es su intención).

Lo que nos cuenta. Ficción sobre una supuesta vida de Malinalli, conocida en la Historia y la leyenda como Malinche, desde su nacimiento en el valle del Anáhuac bajo la protección del dios Quetzalcóatl hasta su encuentro con Hernán Cortés, tomado por el propio Quetzalcóatl por muchos, para quien comienza a traducir y termina teniendo con él...more
Maria Carmo
A magnificent way of telling the story of the end of the Mayan Empire and the arrival of Cortés and other Spanish officers in the New World. Nowadays, it seems a terrible waste and hideous crime, the way in which so many civilizations were destroyed by others, not even as sophisticated as the systems they were destroying... It would be interesting to look at the different civilizations and see them as a "life story" of sorts, so one could appraise the succession of transformations that led us, t...more
Syrdarya
I read this book because I rather enjoyed Like Water for Chocolate and Malinche seemed like it would be very interesting. I felt it was an unsuccessful attempt to show the internal conflicts Malinche probably experienced in real life. The book was a bit more successful in portraying the diversity of peoples in Mexico at the time of the conquest, but even there the author could have expanded a lot to explain how Malinche's people were different from the ones she became enslaved to.

There is no gre...more
Ginette González
Este libro lo encontré en la calle, caminando por el centro de Bergisch Gladbach, Alemania, hace menos de un par de meses.
Se tropieza uno en Alemania con unos "carritos" o estanterías apostados en parques o bulevares, con libros usados que simplemente están allí, solos, sin dueño preciso, dispuestos al caminante para que uno los hojee y se los lleve! Y coloque alguno propio en agradecimiento supongo.
Ahora imagínense la suerte de hallar en medio de los libros en idioma alemán y uno que otro en...more
Jori Richardson
The Aztec culture is one of my favorites to study, but unfortunately, not that many works of fiction are written on them. So, I was elated to find this book brand new for only $2 at Border's.

The story focuses on the conquistadors', led by Cortes, destruction the Aztec's way of life. Malinalli is a beautiful young woman in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. Cortes is drawn to her, and the two fall in love. However, Malinalli becomes torn between her lover and her people when she begins to realize th...more
Mira, a escriba
Tudo começa com o nascimento de Malinalli, que nos abrirá as portas para o Novo Mundo. Com ela, conheçemos os deuses mexicanos, as pessoas e o seu dia a dia. Assim, descobrimos as grandes diferenças culturais entre a Europa e a América. Sabemos sempre o que Malinalli sente enquanto os espanhois invadem a sua terra e a obrigam a ser sua tradutora, e assistimos á evolução da menina inocente para uma mulher quando o seu povo é massacrado. Em cada capitulo, a autora começa com uma ideia e desenvolve...more
Sandra
Malinche, o título deste livro não se refere à personagem principal feminina, como eu pensei inicialmente, mas sim à personagem principal masculina - Hérnan Cortés - o conquistador espanhol que dizimou milhares de nativos e aniquilou civilizações inteiras, como os Astecas.

Com brilhantes passagens, este livro é uma excelente leitura para entendermos o que se passou nesses trágicos anos do século XVI.

Através do retrato da vida de Malinalli, podemos compreender melhor a cultura e tradições astecas....more
Geenyas
This was one of those books which I would probably have liked better if I hadn't been expecting it to be something entirely different. I was hoping for a stirring telling of the pageantry, chaos, and drama of Cortes' conquest of Mexico by the woman who served as his primary interpreter in negotiations with the natives. What I got was something entirely different: more of a magical realism interior dialogue on the spiritual, cultural, and religious differences between the Maya, the Aztec, and the...more
Peter Herrmann
Read it in Spanish, and for my primary purpose (to keep up -and improve my Spanish reading skills, was excellent ... good array of vocabulary, imagery, etc). Having read (years ago) Orville Prescott's classic great 'History of the Conquest of Mexico', I found Esquivel's book pretty consistent with the basic facts. From there she launched into a mental fantasy of what Malinche possibly thought and felt ... interposing a lot of 20th/21st century 'new age' ideas (ie interconnectedness with the astr...more
Melvin Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Una novela histórica bien investigada, pero plagada de desaciertos.

La niña Malinalli nace con la profecía de ser un puente, profecía que se cumple con la llegada de los conquistadores españoles comandados por Hernán Cortés. La novela intenta reinvidicar el mito de la Malinche, de traidora a lazo de unión en un México mestizo, sin embargo, tal reinvidación no está lograda. Malinalli, como muchas elementos de la novela, es un personaje confuso. La frontera entre amor, miedo y violencia sexual es m...more
Dree
Exactly the kind of historical fiction I don't like. The author puts words in into real people's mouths; puts motivations, remorse, and feelings into their minds. Yes, there are a fair number of sources for some of these peopel. But did Malinalli leave any sources? A codex, biography, interview, whatever? Were her motivations recorded by others? Her religious views written down?

Malinalli is very important person in Mexico's history--to simply put thoughts into her head seems irresponsible. Even...more
Alhena
wwowww me encanto!!!, es otra visión, me encanta las tradiciones la cultural, y me mueve el corazón de frustación por lo que fue (robos y saqueos) y que se pudo evitar. Mucho sentimiento y aprendí mas de mi historia.
Jorge Gómez
Amazing, short, but precisse, if you like Latin American mystique and way to write novels, this is like a holy grial for you. Love it.
Mary
I hated this book. I wanted to like it, but what is there to like? It is badly written, faux-mystical, and mostly incoherent.
MrsT
This is beautiful and an absolute must read if you've ever been to mexico, are planning to visit, or eat tacos!
María
ps la vdd no m gusto mucho para seer una novela histórica tenía demaasiada especulación e imaginación
Lauren Zelaya
i honestly really wanted to like this book, but it didn't do it for me. i love the idea of a feminist reimagining of malinche, and some passages were strong, but it honestly didn't work for me as a full on novel. i might have preferred this as a short story or maybe poems, because her language is really beautiful in some parts, but it got exhausting and felt a little too idealized -- not saying an reimagining of Cortés' main squeeze can't be empowering. It just honestly felt forced and very loos...more
Kevan
Well....I am not sure if I liked it or not. Laura Esquivel is an amazing writer and the way she is able to use words is breathtaking, but I am not sure if I liked this book. Esquivel has a knack for description, incredible description, but she could have possibly gone too far with it...there were several times I was screaming in my head "Okay, I get it, move on!"
Of course I highly enjoyed the historical aspects of the story, especially during this period (when Cortez conquered the Aztecs)...she...more
Lausº
Casi tres estrellas pero se quedó en el camino...

“La malinche” es un personaje que tiendes a encontrar en los relatos de la conquista española, la mayor parte del tiempo se presenta como la traidora que ayudó a Hernan Cortes a derrotar y masacrar la cultura azteca… aunque probablemente solo resulte ser un chivo expiatorio.

Malinalli es la protagonista de esta historia, en la que la escritora declara haber hecho una amplia investigación para escribir de la misma... y no dudo que lo haya hecho pero...more
Rebecca Swanger
Just finished this book and I loved it. Although, I am not sure if someone unfamiliar with the story of La Malinche or Hernan Cortes' conquest of Mexico would feel the same way. There are a fair number of Nauhtl words used which sometimes tripped me up a bit while reading and that, as well as the occasional use of Spanish may be frustrating for some people. However, if you can get beyond that and you are interested in the story of La Malinche this novel is a very interesting interpretation of a...more
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“Once again she would arrive at a foreign place. Once again be the newcomer, an outsider, the one who did not belong. She knew from experience that she would quickly have to ingratiate herself with her new masters to avoid being rejected or, in more dire cases, punished. Then there would be the phase where she would have to sharpen her senses in order to see and hear as acutely as possible so that she could assimilate quickly all the new customs and the words most frequently used by the group she was to become a part of--so that finally, she would be judged on her own merits.” 11 likes
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