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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Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

In someways I thought Bonsai was quite interesting, and brevity, one of the defining features of the book, should be commended since it is so easy to fill up novels with pointless digressions. Often that material is quite pointless, and he instead plays with where the story is going.

Often it seems as if he is not interested in a story, but the story about the story, as if you were hearing the story second hand. It is that lack of detail, alsjandro physical, or emotional that leaves one distant from the story. You have some facts about the characters, and some facts about the story telling, but structuring a narrative is just what happens when you read.

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You can see how alejanddro goes about writing in this quote.

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It has all the hallmarks of his style: Eo also because there are pages left, because this ell continues. The same for Emilia: In a few years she will no longer continue nor go on. Knowledge of a thing cannot impede it, but there are le hopes, and this story, which is become a story of illusory hopes, goes on like this: But where does that take one? Zambra is very conscious in making literary references throughout the book.

It is a novel for people who think books create reality, not something that is just part of reality. 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.

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Except for the creation of a shadow book, I had the sensation that it would be more interesting if I were 21 again and the discovery of Proust was a revolution. Yes, that is what his characters do, but in reading it I have that same sensation of glibness.

Going back to the quote, the style while interesting, in the hands of Zambra, also leaves something wanting. 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.

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It reads quick enough, but the transitory whims of young people just end up sounding like spoiled children. Brevity is beautiful, just make it about something interesting. Skip to content Bonsai The Contemporary Art of the Novella Alejandro Zambra Melville Hose, pg 83 In someways I thought Bonsai was quite interesting, and brevity, one of the defining features of the book, should be commended since it is so easy to fill up novels with pointless digressions.

Or does not continue. The story of Julio and Emilia continues but does not go on.

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