The Private Lives of Trees
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Our lives are full of faces that come and go, some disappearing forever from our private stage, while others sometimes check back in and out over time. Each of these faces leaves a mark on us through our collisions of selves, sometimes leaving unconscious marks that can be good or bad, and some leaving scars that we carry forever. Alejandro Zambra’s breathtaking novella, The Private Lives of Trees, examines th ...more
In 98 pages, Zambra uses this simple premise to move into a story which is much more than this fr ...more
Life is a huge album for creating an instantaneous past, with loud and definite colors.
A single tree, a private tree, is a visual anomaly. Without others, they can look...
Maasai Mara 2010
or even, like they might eat you
In San Francisco, we even point out a tree in its state of alone-ness
Alejandro Zambra's beautiful novella reminds the reader how very much like tr ...more
A very brief review of a truly wonderful book.
Sometimes, with experimental fiction, I’m left puzzling over whether my reaction to the book constitutes an experimental success or failure—whether my ‘feelings’ about a title are adequate to the author’s intent (I know, I know)—whether I’ve lived up. With TPLoT, I think I have lived up, or rather, the author compelled me to that place where I can ‘live up.’ The constant, though often subtle, reminders that I’m reading a novel work. A character’s imp...more
When I found a proof of this little slip of a book, I assumed it was some kind of sampler, or a teaser maybe. But no: it truly is a complete novel(la?), weighing in at 95 pages. And let me just say right away that this is just another way in which the phenomenal Open Letter Press is challenging American readers -- who says a novel has t ...more
oriana's review of this book.
her review is what soothed my terror when i realized i did not have enough book left to carry me through both my lunch break AND my subway ride home, and instead of freaking out (much), i calmly carried a copy of this book to the green room and read it on my lunch break, leaving the riveting conclusion of the iron duke for the subway ride home. phew. crisis averted...
since i already own it and it is an open letter publication, and ...more
It’s interesting how such a simple story of ninety-eight pages, covering an evening with an individual, can sustain one’s interest from the beginning until the end, and all in one sitting.
Here we have Julián, a somewhat hesitant person, a professor of literature and an author on Sundays (why not Saturday?), telling a bedtime story to hi ...more
Before I write a review, I try to tune into the echoes from the book that remain in my consciousness in order to pin down how it has made me feel and how the reading of it has intersected with my own life. Usually a lot of ideas occur to me fairly quickly and then the review is up and away.
I’ve been very patient since finishing The Private Life of Trees. I’ve tried listening for the echoes but they ar ...more
throw in the emotional frailty of Paolo Giordano ...
wrap it up in the poetry of Italo Calvino ...
and you have this wonderful, thought-provoking little novella-- which compels you to read it in one sitting.
This will correspond or not with the experience of reading this stirring novel on a cool, sunny day in late Summer.
1)The novel likely takes place in our Chile.
2) I have never been to Chile. Or South America.
3)Miami is the farthest south I have ever ventured. The farthest East is Beograd, Serbia. North: Uppsala, Sweden. West : San Francisco.
4)While in Miami my wife and i saw her friend from Chile.
5) He's a travel minister for a coast city.
6) While Chile i ...more
I can understand the book and what Zambra was saying here, but I just couldn't feel it. This was the wrong time to read this, but fortunately books can be read more than once. This book will live with me and one day I will feel it.
eve dönmenin yolları kadar olmasa da, bu kitap da kısa ve çarpıcı..
biraz nefes almak, sakin sakin anlatan bi' arkadaşla vakit geçirmek isterseniz aklınızda olsun..
Ayrıca sonunun önemsiz olduğu bir bekleyişin hikayesi.
Eve Dönmenin Yolları kadar çarpıcı değilse bile, Zambra'nın iyi bir yazar olduğunu hafızamıza kazıyacak güzellikte.
Autor je savremeni cileanski pisac, pesnik, knjizevni kriticar, univerzitetski profesor Knjizevnosti.
Roman je pisan u prvom licu, kroz secanja i strepnje Hulijana koji ceka vehementnu, bujnu i senzualnu Veroniku, uspavljujuci njenu kcer bajkama o zivotu drveca.
Svedoci o samo jednoj noci.
Hulijan je profesor Knjizevnosti (ah, da li je to taj kruzni tok?) radnim danima.
Vikendom je pisac.
Grcevito se drzi za fi ...more
Mi lectura de "La vida privada de los árboles" fue borgeana. Es decir, típica. Aquí reconozco las mismas pasiones y obsesiones sobre la literatura, junto con la necesidad de expresar la ...more
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