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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What I did not miss is how uninteresting the reading experience was and if there was a deeper meaning then I could not care less.

It turns out to be a weighty lie, because literature binds them, and what binds them can also tear them apart. View all 20 comments. I was bored, indifferent but very perplexed at the many accolades given to this novella. And Zambra doesn’t do anything much, besides telling me a story about Julio, who could well be sitting across me in this cafe and reciting the content, verbatim.

Like a fable, everything fits together in perfect symmetry. If you asked me, I couldn’t tell you what the novella was about. The way the author talks about and describes the characters is so great, not to serious but loving and the same time. This tiny book is dripping with melancholy.

Bookslut | Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra, translated by translated by Carolina de Robertis

View all 7 comments. I have been staring at the screen for the last one hour and the only thing I can think of is how incredibly aroused I am. I was prepared to abandon it I must confess. Just as the silence between notes in a musical composition can define a work, so too do the silences in Bonsai define this work. It is nevertheless difficult to review this book. At times, the book reads almost like a dream, littered as it is with so many telling and seemingly significant details.

Here, the obvious comparison to make is the one with which I began the review, between Bonsai the tiny novel and bonsai the bnsai tree. May 16, Adina rated it it was ok Shelves: Because of this, I was not in the right frame of mind and also troubled with my own interpretation of the book.


Although love may be fragile, accidental and dependent on interpretation, however, it is certainly real. At the same time, Julio also begins to research the art of bonsai and cultivate his own bonsai tree. Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to zambta a bonsai.

Going against the grain. She examined, once again, carefully, Emilia’s eyebrow. This complex and effective combination of detached-affectionate writing that pulls the reader in, make them emotionally invest in the stories of Julio le Emilia and long for some more.

He describes Emilia and Julio’s relationship bit by bit, literally in small pieces that, put together, make a whole that reveals everything that need be said, both with background about the two lovers “Emilia’s first boyfriend alejandrro dim, but there was authenticity in his dimness” as well from their interaction.

Conozco a boneai que odia los libros que cuentan los finales al principio, la verdad es que si el libro hubiese sido largo, yo igual lo hubiera odiado. It is intimate and painful and beautiful beyond the words that comprise it. The same for Emilia: View all 46 comments.

An zambda to the girl who lost her way and died much too young and to the boy who decides to grow up a tree in her memory. As long as I detect a shade of me in the journal’s evocation, I am obsessed to read till the last drop of ink has faded.

Those affinities that seem so significant are really irrelevant; love is nothing more than keeping the rest of the world out.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra – A Review

About words and what they do to people. Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. Absurdist, like the novel.

Julio and Emilia lie to one another on their first sexual encounter, both claiming to have read Marcel Proustand embellish the lies with partly-true details to bring their falsehoods to life. A menudo se habla sobre que la simplicidad es amiga del arte. I was intrigued, I must confess, to see that it was translated by Carolina de Robertis who although raised in England, Switzerland and California had Uruguayan parents.

In that very first paragraph, the narrator lays it out: What starts off as a simplistic love story gets an intricate and real-life treatment of pining, longing, misguided machinations of affections and passion. I encourage readers to get a copy and read it—bizarre and an incredible complement to this novella c And better still after the third reading. At one point, Chile was full of bonsais.


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Dec 03, s. This is the story of two students who are enthusiasts of truth, of scattering sentences that seem true, of smoking eternal cigarettes, and of closing themselves into the intense complacency of those who think they are better, purer than others, than that immense and contemptible group known as the others.

In the story of Emilia and Julio, in any case, there are more omissions than lies, and fewer omissions than truths, truths of the kind that are called absolute.

It was the following sentence that was the reason: The story about love and loss and the connection between sex and literature is heartbreaking and true. At first the back and forth about the characters continuing is intriguing, but again it is light and while the story about the story, his playing with narrative, is interesting, the characters again are flat.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra Goodreads Author. 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. Zambra’s story is about the ramifications of falling in and out of love, of lying about reading Proust, about bonsais. It is that lack of detail, whether physical, or emotional that leaves one distant from the story.

Beyond making a note to read one of the key short stories that define the relationship between Julio and Emilia and the reason Julio chooses to commemorate their love with a bonsai. However, the story itself is a series of containers. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.