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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Sep 15, Isabel Benavides rated it liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

View all 36 comments. Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra. 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.

Among the lies, however, — indeed the first each tells the other — is that both claim to have read Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. As long as I detect a shade of me in the bonsau evocation, I am obsessed to read till the last drop of ink has faded.


Cast a succor net on our isolated struggles?

Dec 03, s. Publicou o que tinha e os seus leitores, deslumbrados com tanta originalidade, que se desengomassem a decifrar o que ele pretendia contar.

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra – A Review

About words and what they do to people. How’s this for a promise? 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. Es simple y limpia, pero triste. Zambra is, more or less, up to the challenge. I went to bed and woke up at 4 am. It is a stunning accomplishment. There is a sweet simplicity and breathless fluidity to this tiny novel. This is not really a novella but a short story and it can be read in little more than an hour.

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Julio and Emilia lie to 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. The first lie Julio told Emilia was that he had read Marcel Proust. Once outside its flowerpot, the tree ceases to be a bonsai.


Caring for a bonsai is like writing, thinks Julio. The rest is literature: Those affinities that seem so significant are really irrelevant; love is nothing more than keeping the rest of the world out.

Refresh and try again. In the end Emilia dies and Julio does not die.

De pe stamine de alun, din plopii albi, se cerne jarul. Is it an irony that when I begun writing this review, the cafe was playing this track and now, I am hearing this track? And turned on I am.

The story of Julio and Emilia continues but does not go on. It was the right choice for me from the language point of view. However, the story itself is a series of containers. Do bonsia a favor, read them both.