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Condenado a la seriedad y a la impostura Julio el silencioso protagonista de este libro acaba convenciéndose de ue es mejor encerrarse en su cuarto a observar el crecimiento de un bonsái ue vagar por los incómodos caminos de la literatura Es ésta como dice el narrad. What s the purpose of being with someone if they don t change your life There are some books that can be consumed in a singular hour yet remain within you to be digested by the intellect for days or weeks Alejandro Zambra s Bonsai is such a book The precise simplicity of the novel makes it a difficult book to talk as the novella feels as fragile as an intricately colored moth s wing admire its beauty but don t touch it lest it turn to dust There is a feeling of weightlessness to the prose and story that still manages to weigh heavy in the heart and soul upon completion It is the story of two young lovers lovers of one another and literature and what happens to them once they part It is as simple as that yet complex in its mechanics and implications Like the bonsai grown by Julio the story exists and flourishes within the confines of its literary container with Zambra s pristine prose trimming the limbs of love to enshrine it as a miniature work of art and beautyThere is a sweet simplicity and breathless fluidity to this tiny novel 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 Broken into five short segments each comes like a delicate waves on the ocean each separate with their own emotional peak to crash onto our heart s shores yet all one body of literature moving together There is also a wry humor integrated in the otherwise somber plot that gives it wings and keeps it from plummeting into melodrama What is most impactful is the way that Zambra circles around the story yet never jabs his pen into it s heart keeping everything in the hazy peripherals of a story that need not be addressed head on as the reader already understands it s shape In the end Emilia dies and Julio does not die The rest is literature This is a novel of love but most importantly a novel about literature Zambra shows his hand plot wise from the very first sentence entrusting the reader to understand that this is an exercise of literature and that the from A to B plot is secondary a mere current of events to power the lightbulb of ideas There is a gorgeous character study at play Julio and Emilia two college students become lovers doomed to seriousness These two could be anyone symbols really for any two people connected by the emotional affinities that any couple is capable of discovering with only a little effort Much of the simplicity and the way Zambra refers to Julio and Emilia who are not exactly characters though maybe it s convenient to think of them as characters helps build a universal microcosm of relationships Anyone that has loved or loved and lost can find charm in the hazy tale Zambra has created Julio and Emilia lie to one another on their first sexual encounter both claiming to have read Marcel Proust and embellish the lies with partly true details to bring their falsehoods to life In a way they are creating literature and as their relationship continues full of lies and truths and half truths like any young couple they further their depth as characters both literally and metaphysically Any lover of literature is sure to be charmed by their sexual foreplay consisting of reading to one another from role playing Madame Bovary neither ever wanted to be Charles and the way they re read Proust together It is their reading of the short story Tantalia by Macedonio Fern ndez a story of a couple who fear the survival of their relationship is dependant on the life of a clover plant the unnamed woman gives the man as a symbol of love that gives them pause and reveals the mortality of theirs and all relationships Once outside its flowerpot the tree ceases to be a bonsai When Julio decides to grow a bonsai he discovers a few key lines in a care manual A bonsai is an artistic replica of a tree in miniature It consists of two elements the living tree and the container The two elements must be in harmony and the selection of the appropriate pot for a tree is almost an art form in itself The opening sentence in the end she dies and he remains alone becomes the container from which the story the the rest is literature grows and flourishes 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 However the story itself is a series of containers Julio writes a novel about a man who learns of the death of a lost love this being before Julio learns of Emilia s death and grows a bonsai as a love plant in her honour the story of which later Julio will act out in his own life The story of the bonsai is the literature that grows from the container of Fernandez s story Tantalia and finds itself actually occurring on several levels of the narrative there is a doubling or tripling and so forth of meaning that all functioning in relation to one another a meta narrative style that works nearly like two mirrors reflecting back at one another with a bonsai situated between them The bonsai an artistic replicain miniature is then Julio s novel but also the novel itself with so many self referential aspects that it teases the reader into fantasizing an intentional fallacy and pondering if the Zambra wrote his novel in relation to Tantalia as did Julio and if the love plot has any half truths in Zambra s own life 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 Bonsai is a uiet little novel with uite the emotional punch It displays a budding promise for it s young author who would later make good on those promises with The Private Lives of Trees which I found to be even emotionally impactful What I love most is the way this novella makes literature seem like the most important aspect of life The fragility of life and love is explored in beautiful and breathless prose that makes this elliptical little novel well worth the time 3755 I want to end Julio story but Julio s story doesn t end that s the problem A big thank you to Mike and Matt for sending me Tantalia a uite insightful story that is also key to unlocking the heart of Zambra s own story


Bonsái By Alejandro Zambra

Or «una historia liviana ue se pone pesada» un relato elíptico y vertiginoso marcado por la inuietante desaparición de una mujer Jorge Luis Borges aconsejaba escribir como si se estuviera redactando el resumen de una obra ya escrita Eso es lo ue ha hecho Alejandro Z. And better still after the third reading 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 prontoEven better after the second reading The world is of tantalic inspiration So begins Macedonio Fernandez s fantastic story Tantalia Zambra makes reference to it I encourage readers to get a copy and read it bizarre and an incredible complement to this novella complement in its older sense of something which completes The He and She of Tantalia could easily be Julio and Emilia of this story Gazmuri an authorcharacter in this novella could easily be Fernandez if one is inclined The stories fit together like complimentary angles Fernandez s story informs this one Zambra s story attaches as if integral Where MF baffles AZ seems to illuminate entertain bedazzle and bedazzle with a healthy dose of humor which wasn t as apparent if at allon the first read Get them both Read them both 4 pages from MF 83 from AZ uickly accomplished and so well worth the time I m tempted to revise my rating but I m retaining it as my initial feeling Do yourself a favor read them bothTantalia may be found in The Book of Fantasy which the translator of Zambra s novella translates literally as Anthology of Fantastic Literature don t waste time hunting around for that title Original reviewIsn t it just the way your GR friends start reading whoppers so what do you do you start chewing through some of the slimmest novellas you own Well that might not be what you do but it seems to be what I m doing Going against the grain So here I am My Read list well ahead of where I need to be for meeting my year s goal Building a cushion against the time I start my own next whopper And even that I screw up I recently got an email about a new group which I was checking out on my phone man I hate having a phone smarter than I am so I clicked Join looking forward to reading Infinite Jest with the folks I expected to join or had already joined only to then realize I d joined a group to read Gravity s Rainbow Gravity s Freakin Rainbow It s cool I need to get it moved from TBR to Read all s good But and here s the thing I like the randomness of what s next for me that is the randomness of what I read and when I read it So a long winded approach to a review of Bonsai I recently read and loved The Private Lives of Trees because the author s Bonsai was constantly being recommended by this site and all well and good that except that Bonsai was Out of Print or Out of Stock or something and the only copies available were used and 30 a throw Ya gotta love suggestions like that So now I was determined Get Bonsai and read it Lo Behold It s being reissued in a movie tie in less expensive edition all s right with the world I started it almost immediately upon its arrival and have now read it twiceBonsai begins with what appears as the beginning of a framed story it leaves no doubt where the story will go only how it will get there Then the lineIn the story of Emilia and Julio in any case there are omissions than lies and fewer omissions than truths of the kind that are called absolute and that tend to be uncomfortableFollowed on the next page with the passageThe relationship between Emilia and Julio was riddled with truths with intimate revelations that rapidly established a complicity that they wanted to understand as definitive This then is a light story that turns heavy 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 othersUltimately the novella is about fiction lies reading truth characters who do and don t matter overlapping stories that may or may not be mentioned in one text or another Literature and love s beginnings and endings All shoved into the briefest of 83 pages I liked this one A lot It gets 4 rather than 5 stars because I preferred The Private Lives of Trees Totally arbitrary Absurdist like the novel Worth spending the better part of a psychiatrist s hour with

SUMMARY Bonsái By Alejandro Zambra

Ambra en este libro ue del mismo modo ue un bonsái no es un árbol más ue una novela corta o un relato largo es una novela resumen o justamente una novela bonsái Bonsái supone el brillante debut narrativo del joven chileno Alejandro Zambra poeta y crítico literario. A bonsai has to be nurtured and truly loved or else it will die likewise unless one does the same thing with human love that will also dieThis is a philosophical thought provoking novella so I have a tautology here but I like it even though it s extraneous as it adds necessary substance to the wording and I was charmed and delighted by it allThis is not really a novella but a short story and it can be read in little than an hour Nevertheless in spite of its brevity it runs the gamut of your average novel of say 250000 words in its intensity soul and concentrated structure 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 I m not at all surprised that it was so acclaimed in Chile especially being a debut novelI 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 Surely it would have been better with a Chilean translator who would know all the literary nuances relating to the language of that countryAlejandro Zambra has excelled as a master of literary contradictions The story is spell binding He has achieved this by a literary style that appears simple but brings to life the average story of two students Julio and Emilia who become lovers On the surface this is a couple who like each other and appreciate their sexual romps But there s something extra in the mix that is also rather different about them they are both very literary in the way in which they love and devour their books and they have an unusual symbiotic relationship That on the surface is a good thing but when they begin reading aloud their various works to each other an imperceptible change is noticed and the cracks begin to appear in their love for one another They read fragments of Nietzche and Emile Cioran Borges Bioy CXasares and Silvina Ocampo and then they arrive at Tantalia a short story by Macedonioi Fernandez that affected them profoundly Tantalia is the story of a couple that decides to buy a small plant the implication here is that this is the bonsai mentioned here and keep it as a symbol of the love that unites them They realize too late that if the plant dies the love that unites them will die with it And as the love that unites them is immense and they are not willing to sacrifice it for any reason they decide to lose the little plant in a multitude of identical little plants Later comes the despair then misfortune of knowing they will never be able to find it Then we go into the role play of Emma in Madame Bovary Both refused to play Charles but their good sex life continues There is this wonderful Spanish verb used follar and I wonder if the translator has indeed translated it correctly I don t like the English term used beginning with s but perhaps that was the only choice Our exuberant couple then cruised through Chekhov Kafka but at this stage the damage had already been created within the labyrinth of their perfect loveI 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 Both had lied by saying that they had read Proust ie la recherche du temps perdu or Remembrance of Things Past a novel in seven volumes You see they hadn t read Proust before because they had a big secret in that they had never read any of his novels and both insisted that this was a reread That s a trifle complicated surely They stopped on page 372 of Swann s Way It was the following sentence that was the reason Knowledge of a thing cannot impede it but at least we have the things we discover if not in our hands at least in thought and there they are at our disposal which inspires us to the illusory hope of enjoying a kind of dominion over them What is so delightful about this book are the continuous contradictions and then you begin to wonder about the ending It isn t until Mari enters the euation that you can even remotely guess the outcome To see the comparisons between Madrid Spain and Chile also adds an extra dimension to this storyThe ending was perfect for me There couldn t have been any other and it was glorious in its mysteryI read this short story after a very annoying day proofreading a translation by a very bad translator I had been offered the translation but it would have taken forever and so I opted for the proofreading and when I found I had had to or less to re translate it I was livid Because of this I was not in the right frame of mind and also troubled with my own interpretation of the book So I had to re set the scene and reread the book Now how would I play that Would enlightenment occur I hoped so I was prepared to abandon it I must confess There are so many other delicious books around to readI went to bed and woke up at 4 am It was a clear sky and the stars were twinkling away as is their want I returned to my warm comforting bed and woke up again at 7 am The normal dawn chorus had been replaced bya cacophony of jays and crows Where was my beautiful and normal dawn chorus The darkness was beginning to disappear and so I sat on the terrace with a black coffee and a tablespoon of honey I watched the dazzling sun come up and I was soon on my reread Chlo was out sniffing in the garden and then she disappeared down the hill after some mysterious creature I looked again at this short story and the scales fell from my eyes and I could finally understand this sparkling diamond of a bookIt is nevertheless difficult to review this book I found it enthralling but it has such a depth to it that it is difficult to state exactly what I feel Nevertheless how Alejandro Zambra managed to write such an amazing book for a debut novel amazes me Bravo that s all I can possibly saySo 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

10 thoughts on “Bonsái By Alejandro Zambra

  1. says:

    ‘ What's the purpose of being with someone if they don't change your life?’There are some books that can be consumed in a singular hour yet remain within you to be digested by the intellect for days or weeks Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai is such a book The precise simplicity of the novel makes it a difficult book to t

  2. says:

    25 perplexed indifferent what is the fuss all about ? stars I am at a loss as how this book won Chile’s Literary Critics’ Award for Best Novel Was it a very bad year? Were there no other novels published? Were the critics all first year double majors in post modern literature and philosophy? I don't get itDon't get me wrongthis is not a poor book but I found nothing that interesting or moving or interesting or profound or int

  3. says:

    Bonsai is the first piece of literature that I read in Spanish It was the right choice for me from the language point of view The narrative was simple and the vocabulary did not raise many difficulties I definitely recommend it if

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    And better still after the third reading 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 prontoEven better after the second readin

  5. says:

    “What's the purpose of being with someone if they don't change your life” Alejandro Zambra BonsaïAlejandro Zambra’s Bonsai is as delicate as the miniature tree it’s named after It is a stunning accomplishment Zambra accomplishes in

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    What does a resonating journal do? Arrest us in the powerful aura of words? Dispatch us to the comforting cocoon of our memories? Render a blanket of dignity to our failures? Exhort our fledgling dreams to a palpable fruition? Cast a succor net on our isolated struggles? Attest our timidity as a prelude to stronger days?For me it's essentially about reading about a distant 'me' the identity of this 'me' to be an inhabitant of past

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    In the end she dies and he remains alone although in truth he was alone some years before her death Emilia's death Let's say that she is called or was called Emilia and that he is called was called and continues to be called Julio Julio and Emi

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    IMAGINEImagine a book whose first sentence is a huge spoiler it summarizes the plot and tells you what will happen at the end Imagine a book which is a moving homage to literature and its ironic mockery at the s

  9. says:

    A bonsai has to be nurtured and truly loved or else it will die; likewise unless one does the same thing with human love that will also dieThis is a philosophical thought provoking novella so I have a tautology here but I

  10. says:

    She and he Macedonio’s characters had and lost a little plant of love Emilia and Julio—who are not exactly characters though maybe it’s convenient to think of them as characters—have been reading before shagging for months it is very pleasant they think and sometimes they think it at the same time it is very plea

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