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There are some books that can be consumed in a singular hour, yet remain within you to be digested by the intellect for days or weeks. Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai is such a book. The precise simplicity of the novel makes it a difficult book to talk as the novella feels as fragile as an intricately colored moth’s wing—admire its beauty but don’t touch it lest it turn to dust. There is a feeling of weightlessness to the prose ...more
And better still after the third reading. If anyone is interested in reading this one and needs a copy of Macedonio Fernandez's Tantalia, feel free to give me a shout and I'll email you the 5-page story pronto.
Even better after the second reading.
The world is of tantalic inspiration.So begins Macedonio Fernandez’s fantastic story Tantalia. Zambra makes reference to it. I encourage readers to get a copy and read it—bizarre and an incredible complement to this novella (c ...more
This is a philosophical, thought provoking novella (so I have a tautology here but I like it even though it’s extraneous as it adds necessary substance to the wording) and I was charmed and delighted by it all.
This is not really a novella but a short story and it can be read in little more than an hour. Nevertheless, in spite of its brevity, it runs the ga ...more
In any event, the story's first paragraph is enough to pull even the most reluctant reader in. How's this for a promise?
"In the end she dies and he remains alone, although in truth he was alone some years before her death, Emilia's death. Let's say that she is called or was called Emilia and that he is called, was called, and continues to be called Julio. Julio and Emilia. In the end Emilia dies and ...more
The way the author talks about and describes the characters is so great, not to serious but loving and the same time. The story about love and loss and the connection between sex and literature is heartbreaking and true.
I can only recommend this to anyone.
When Cervantes wrote Don Quijote, one of his aims was to attack a certain kind of literature of his day. He plotted the story with a character that reads too much, becomes crazy, and subsequently imagines he is part of one of these books himself. Don Quijote is in a sense a book about books. Jumping several centuries ahead, modern Latin American writers are obsessed with the thematic of writers within their novels, with variable outcomes. The big succ ...more
"Bonsai" cuenta de manera algo disgregada algunos acontecimientos en las vida de dos jovenes chilenos, durante los estudios de literatura en la universidad y un poco después. La mayor parte transcurre en Santiago, unas pocas partes en Madrid. Desde el primer parrafo del libro nos cuentan que la mujer, Emilia, morirá joven, y que ahí se acaba la historia.
Dos ingredientes importantes: literatura y sexo (o la relacion entre un hombre ...more
I liked the way characters are kept at edge, deemed unimportant to the story. And I like how they still barge in, demanding a larger space, even in such few pages.
Towards the end, th ...more
Knowing the end off the bat I suppose brings more meaning to the on goings and imagery. Although the minimalism writing style and imagery is beautiful at times it did not knock me over.
Intuyo otras cuestiones que atañen al problema ya mencionado. Por nombrar el ev ...more
A primeira, estritamente formal, diz respeito aos limites daquilo que pode ser considerado como um romance. Com menos de ...more
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