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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It turns out to be a weighty lie, because literature binds them, and what binds them can also tear them apart. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Render a blanket of dignity to our failures? When Julio fell in love with Emilia all the pleasure and suffering previous to the pleasure and suffering that Emilia brought him turned into simple imitations of true pleasure and suffering. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

In a few years she azmbra no longer continue nor go on.

And eventually, of course, Emilia dies; we knew that was coming. The people that come and go from their lives are like the limbs of the bonsai tree which are carefully cut to grow in a desired shape.

The novel can be read on many levels, and is delicately unsettling, the kind of story that lingers in the mind for weeks after being read. It is the very reason these fragile pages find their solid ground, coloring the path in their wake.

Bonsai is his first novel. While these metafictional comments might lead one to believe that the story is chaotically bulging out of the narrative, the opposite is in fact true.

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See 2 questions about Bonsai…. It was the following sentence that was the reason: At the age of seventeen, Emilia enrolled at the Universidad de Chile to study literature, because it had been her lifelong dream. It was about love found alejnadro love lost. In an oblique way, this is a book about literature. Nevertheless, in spite of its brevity, it runs the gamut of your average novel of saywords in its intensity, soul and concentrated structure.


It worked just great if the intention was to make the reader detached as well.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

He is a poet and critic and currently teaches literature at the Diego Portales University in Santiago. When Zambra tells me that Julio found purpose in a bonsai after surviving inundating personal and professional hurricanes of losses and cessations, I nod my head in concurrence, for I know that the bonsai isafter all, a cojugal twin of heart: About words and what they do to people.

There is a smiling bonsai somewhere tucked in the corner here, perhaps. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. View all 7 comments. Want to Read saving…. It is the intricate potting of a story within a story that really sticks with the reader, the half-truths of life that go on to become a work of art, the literature housed in the container of experience.

I think that their relationship should have stopped here whilst it was still on a high here but then Proust raises his ugly head and then deception enters with a vengeance. This is, as the narrator says, ” a simple story that becomes complicated”, an elliptical and vertiginous short story marked by the disturbing disappearance of a woman.

I returned to my warm, comforting bed and woke up again at 7 am. Todavia Tu Zambrs Tena. At the same time, Julio also begins to research the art of bonsai and cultivate his own bonsai tree.

Vidas Perpendiculares Alvaro Enrigue. Often that material is quite pointless, and he instead plays with where the story is going.


Read it and tell me what you think!! Going against the grain. Todos Se Van Wendy Guerra. But I am certain that this book would be on my mind for a long, long time. Zambra makes reference to it. Julio and Emilia lie to one another on their first sexual encounter, both claiming to have read Marcel Proustand embellish the lies alejandrro partly-true details to bring their falsehoods to life. Alejandro Zambra has excelled as a master of literary contradictions.

In someways I thought Bonsai was quite interesting, and brevity, one of qlejandro defining features of the book, should be commended since it is so easy to fill up boonsai with pointless digressions.

I don’t get it!! Sep 15, Isabel Benavides rated it liked it. And the two are going to stay with me for a little while longer. He writes as an observer, someone who is seeing the lives of Julio and Emilia as it is happening inside of a bubble and makes notes on his observations.

Yes, that is what his characters do, but in reading it I have that same sensation of glibness. Characters silently sweep on and off the stage, love is found and lost within the length of a paragraph, revelations are made and people are lost forever, all without rising from a soft idyllic tone that Zambra executes with the care of one polishing expensive glassware.

Paperback84 pages. It has all the hallmarks of his style: Brevity is beautiful, just make it about something interesting. Don’t get me wrong