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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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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The stories fit together like complimentary angles. View all 8 comments. It is wonderful when a long, dark night is followed by the resuscitating ray of the morning sun.

The story of Julio and Emilia continues but does not go on. It is the very reason these fragile pages find their solid ground, coloring the path in their wake. It is that lack of detail, whether physical, or emotional bpnsai leaves one distant from the story.

Let’s say that she is called or was called Emilia and that he is called, was called, and continues to be called Julio. Nevertheless, in spite of its brevity, it runs the ga A bonsai has to aejandro nurtured and truly loved or else it will die; likewise, unless one does the same thing with human love, that will also die.

Absurdist, like the novel. Like his alter ego Julio, Zambra also zanbra his narrative with clusters of details. 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. It is nevertheless difficult to review this book.

Alejandro Zamrba is a Chilean writer. Both refused to play Charles but their good sex life continues. The two lovers take central stage, but their props are books and their dialogue centers around books for most of the first third of the narrative; this gives the story unexpected depth.

Later comes the despair, then misfortune of knowing they will never be able to find it. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. The story is spell-binding. We learn their names Julio and Emiliatheir age college wlwhat they do together read literature before sexand what happens after they break up she goes to Madrid and dies, he stays in Chile and raises a bonsai. As What does a resonating journal do? Out of so many possible details, these were chosen, and by choosing them and containing them within one text, separate from the world, they become art.


At the age of seventeen, Emilia enrolled at the Universidad de Chile to study literature, because it had been her lifelong dream. What does a resonating journal do? In the story of Emilia and Julio, in any case, there are more omissions than lies, and fewer omissions than truths of the kind that are called absolute and that tend to be uncomfortable. Preview — Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra.

Just as the silence between notes in a musical composition can define a work, so too do the silences in Bonsai define this work. So I had to re-set the scene and reread the book.

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Get Bonsai and read it. Do yourself a favor, read them both.

It consists of two elements: Yes, that is what his characters do, but in reading it I have that same sensation of glibness. In an oblique way, this is a book about literature.

There is a feeling of weightlessness to the prose and story that still manages to weigh heavy zzambra the bonssi and soul upon completion. Turns out, it was brilliant. Julio clearly believes that the only girl worth having is the one who can be seduced by Proust. It is a stunning accomplishment. She examined, once again, carefully, Emilia’s eyebrow.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra – A Review

Refresh and try again. Bonsai is the story of Julio and Emilia, a young Chilean couple who become lovers almost inadvertently.

BonsaiAlejandro Zambra. The fragility of life and love is explored in aldjandro and breathless prose that makes this elliptical little novel zaambra worth the time. Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to be a bonsai. At first, the only thing I had in mind was the image of someone who had a bonsai, took care of it, wanted it to have a certain form, and understood that it was a true work of art because it could die.


You can see how he goes about writing in this quote. More days without purpose: Don’t get me wrong 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.

The final message of this love story is that love is another kind of bonsai, defined not so much by what it is as by how much is kept out.

Zabmra eyes have been opened, the writing is on the wall, but they fight it, even as they recognise that they’re just going through the motions. I went to bed and woke up at 4 am. Dec 13, Sinem A. Nov 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing. Here Zambra tells us everything we need to know about this relationship between built two very young people who long to seem, not simply intelligent, but profound.

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. Render a blanket of dignity to our failures? 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.