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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There is a gorgeous character study at play: Lists with This Book. A menudo se habla sobre que la simplicidad es amiga del arte. The stories fit together like complimentary angles.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Now how would I play that? I liked this one.

Bonsai – Alejandro Zambra

Zambra is very conscious in making literary references throughout the book. Arrest us in the powerful aura of words?

I can only recommend this to anyone. Here Zambra tells us everything we need to know about this relationship between built two very young people who long to bohsai, not simply intelligent, but profound. This, then, is a light story that turns heavy. While this comparison is valid, the alfjandro urges us to look more deeply at the similarities.

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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. They liked it almost enough to get hot from it. I only wanted a local short novel to read between transfers on my recent trip to Chile, and I ended up with this precious gem of a poem in prose, heavy with the memories of In bonsak end she dies and he remains alone, although in truth he was alone some years before ell death, Emilia’s death.


This is a remarkable feat for an author to achieve, especially with the hidden layers being gradually revealed within the fabric of this remarkable book. More days without purpose: I was impelled to determine if alrjandro bold an opening was foolish or brilliant.

Building a cushion against the time I start my own next whopper. In that very first paragraph, the narrator lays it out: When that boundary erodes, so too does love. 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. Nov 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

It inevitably should earn comparisons to fellow bonsqi heralded Chilean, Mr. While the narrative starts with them getting together, it also shadows them for countless years, situations, and affairs that happen away from each other.

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. The tree can be a vine, a shrub, or a tree, but it is normally referred to as a tree.

And Zambra doesn’t do anything much, besides telling me a story about Julio, who could well be sitting across me aoejandro this cafe and reciting the content, verbatim.

Their 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. Do yourself a favor, read them both. The rest is literature: It’s not an entirely original story, of course; that’s one of the problems with fiction that relies so much on literature itself. Breaking of heart, again: May 16, Adina rated it it was ok Shelves: Both refused to play Charles but their good sex life continues.


Zambra moves between characters who read Flaubert, Proust and finally a character who pretends to be transcribing a book by a Chilean author and creates his own work in doing it. Here, the obvious comparison to make is the one with which I began the review, between Bonsai the tiny novel and bonsai the tiny tree.

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.

Me gusta el estilo de Alejandro Zambra. If anyone is interested in reading this one and needs a copy of Macedonio Fernandez’s Tantalia, feel free to give me a shout and I’ll email you the 5-page story pronto. Sep 15, Isabel Benavides rated it liked it. Random loss of heart, again: So as a result I’m looking for another “fix” by this wonderful author and I already have my eyes set on his most recent book!

Un saludo a Cristian Gazmuri Just as the silence between notes in a musical composition can define a work, so too do the silences in Bonsai define this work. 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. To analyze, to deconstruct this novel seems like sacrilege to me. Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer.