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 – Alejandro Zambra

The story about love and loss and the connection between sex and literature is heartbreaking and true. Isn’t it the truth? However, this novella did not stir any feelings in me. A scant 90 pages, Bonsai can be read in less than three hours.

And also because there are pages left, because this story continues. Conozco a gente 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’s not an entirely alejsndro story, of course; that’s one of the problems with fiction that relies so much on literature itself. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: An ode 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.

Followed on the next page with the passage: It seems a simple plot but the message wants to be deeper. Delighted, Julio begins that very day to imagine the book he would soon be transcribing.

Yet it perhaps disservices the book to splay the characters out in this way, for they are charming, wistfully funny, and completely believable. Ray of light, extinguished: Is it an irony that when I begun writing this review, the cafe was playing this track and now, I am hearing this track? OMG I loved this book. Ve Bonzai’de tam burada devreye giriyor.


Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

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. Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to be a bonsai.

I can only recommend this to anyone. The narrative was simple and the vocabulary did not raise many difficulties. Get Bonsai and read it. 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.

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 bohsai, both with rl about the two lovers “Emilia’s first boyfriend was dim, but there was authenticity in his dimness” as well from their interaction.

Some characters are dismissed outright for being irrelevant. The same for Emilia: Still, Zambra does it well, making for an enjoyable, pleasantly surprising, and clever read.

The relationship between Emilia and Julio was riddled with truths, with intimate revelations that rapidly established a complicity that they zambda to understand as definitive. It was the following sentence that was the reason: Want to Read saving…. 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.

Often that material is quite pointless, and he instead plays with where the story is going. 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! Bonsai is a quiet little novel with quite the emotional punch.


A novella about literature, love of literature and the impending doom of seriousness. Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. The final message zwmbra 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. The fragility of life and love is explored in beautiful and breathless prose that makes this elliptical little novel well worth the time.

A bonsai is an artistic replica of a tree, in miniature. De pe stamine de alun, din plopii albi, se cerne jarul.

For me, it’s essentially about reading about a distant ‘me’the identity of this ‘me’ to be an inhabitant of past corridors alejancro a tenant of future roads being inconsequential. So I had to re-set the scene and reread the book.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra – A Review

Julio and Emilia lie zambr 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. They abandon Madame Bovary fifty pages before the end, and: What a high then!

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 die. Both refused to play Charles but their good sex life continues. It is nevertheless difficult to review this book. View all 7 comments. To analyze, to deconstruct this novel seems like sacrilege boonsai me. But where does that take one?