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In 98 pages, Zambra uses this simple premise to move into a story which is much more than this fr ...more
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
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 ve ...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 to be ...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
I’ve been very patient since finishing The Private Life of Trees. I’ve tried listening for the echoes but they are very faint. In the end, all I’ve come up with is an odd feeling of discomfort, the kind of mil ...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
It is super short, and I understood that the author intended it to be read in one sitting, so I obliged. It is a bit fragmented and more about memor ...more
This is a very short novel about the small thngs and big feelings in life. I read it in one short time and found great joy in it.
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
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.
Here’s the thing about Alejandro Zambra though, his books are like that. This is only my second after the wonderful “Ways of Going Home” but there’s a beauty and a freshness to his work that is so ...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.
In his autobiography The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí , Dalí relates the inspiration behind one of his most famous paintings, "The Persistence of Memory"...
"We were to go to a moving picture with some friends, and at the last moment I decided not to go. Gala would go with them, and I would stay home and go to bed early. We had topped off our meal with a strong Camembert, and after everybody had gone I remained a long time at the table meditating on the philosophic problems of the ‘super-sof...more
I have kept my eye on this for some time now and a couple of weeks ago it found its way to me. Despite its small size this bonsai of a book is so full; full of Julian's love for Veronica and her daughter, Daniela, his memories, his frustration and fear as Veronica doesn't return home, his effort not to let despair beat him, to keep things normal for Daniela until Veronica comes home (or until she doesn't).
Simple... Beautiful.. ...more
The book, which remains at all times conscious of its existence as a literary work, depicts one evening in Julián’s life. As he sits in his small apartment with his stepdaughter, Daniela, Julián tells her stories about friendly, immemorial ...more
What follows is a story that winds up and down, as Julián contemplates hi ...more
It is not merely a bedtime story for every single night someone can deliver with. Julian as a novelist tries to ...more
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