LA MALINCHE, LAURA ESQUIVEL, AND TRANSLATION. By Harry Aveling. The woman variously known as Malinalli Tenepal. (a reconstruction of her Náhuatl. Read Malinche by Laura Esquivel by Laura Esquivel by Laura Esquivel for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Malinche, by Laura Esquivel, is a deceptively simple book. In Esquivel’s interpretation, Malinalli (La Malinche) suffers abandonment and.

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University of New Mexico Press You are commenting using your Facebook account. I found this book to be a carefully crafted novel attempting to balance extremes: For instance, her affair with Lzura, if it could be called that, was mystifying to me.

If you’re a reader that prefers action, dialogue and rapid character development, this is not the novel for you. This year I am participating in a classics bingo and I read Malinche by Laura Esquivel for my mythology square. This book is part history, part spirituality. Malincheby Laura Esquivel, is a deceptively simple book.

Views Read Edit View history. No doubt the author stepped into the shoes of the protagonist, Malinalli, mailnche used her imagination to create the indigenous world Malinche knew from infancy, then wrestled with the changes Cortez and the Spanish conquistadors invoked on her people and the native tribes she was forced to address as the interpreter.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I also enjoy now a deeper understanding of the native American spiritual belief system and the unfortunate linkages it shared with the Spanish conquest-Christianity belief system, which paralyzed the Aztecs and made their destruction a cakewalk for Cortez and his ilk.


Women in the Conquest of the Americas. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. So, there are plenty of things to admire in this book. But as soon as I started reading the story, it failed to engage me.


The prose is overwrought, the characters are underdeveloped and inconsistent, the structure is confusing. In this way I believe ‘Malinche’ to be the author’s best work to date and deserving of more in-depth analysis by literary types who know better than I what they are doing. La Malinche in Mexican Literature: Even though I enjoy Hispanic culture a great deal, Mexican mythology is not a subject I have studied in depth so I was able to learn from this slim novel.

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She gives such importance to the power maoinche words that she sees translation as almost a religious duty, one that gods might punish her for failing at. Pero por otra parte odie escuchar de la desastroza complicidad de Malineli con Cortez, odie escuchar como mataron no solo a personas inocentes pero una cultura completa, y odie escuchar las justificaciones de la Malinche y odie por ultimo la positiva asimilacion aparante de Malineli.

Voor wie een veel leukere manier zoekt om in contact te komen met de oude Aztekencultuur, raad ik de Esqjivel El Dorado aan. This book has the potential to be amazing but the fact that I struggled through it on a beach vacation no less The language is stripped down, but with rhetorical elements like repetition of phrases and ideas.

Nevertheless, she remains his translator, following her instinct for survival despite the possibility she may anger her gods. The presence of religion and spiritualism in the story is also malonche and vital to making the story work.

Malinche, by Laura Esquivel

When her father is killed in battle, she is raised by her wisewoman grandmother who imparts to her the knowledge that their This is an extraordinary retelling of the passionate and tragic love between the conquistador Cortez and the Indian woman Malinalli, his interpreter during his conquest of the Aztecs.

The many uncertainties which surround Malinche’s role in the Spanish conquest begin with her name and its several variants. Lqura, Malinalli breaks with him when he requires her to abandon their son in the same way her mother abandoned her.


This is one of the many major disconnects in the story. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I am not a fan of mythology and this story pushed me to read outside of my comfort zone.

Jul 29, Melissa rated it did not like it. The only thing about this laurra that I love is the cover on the hardcover edition, at least: But if you enjoy something a bit different every now and then, give this book a try. Some historians believe that La Malinche saved her people from the Aztecs, who held a hegemony throughout the territory and demanded tribute from its inhabitants. Take, for instance, this section of the book when Malinalli is years old and discovers her grandmother is blind: While malinhce, however, continue to find the legends more memorable than the history, edquivel her as a traitor, as may be assumed from a legend that she had a twin sister who went North and the pejorative nickname La Chingada associated with her twin.

Her imagery is vivid and tangible.

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Esquivel details elicit scenes between Malinalli and Hernan Cortes and later scenes between her and Cortes’ soldiers and finally multiple scenes between Malinalli and her Spaniard husband Jaramillo. University Editions,page Rant’s over mallnche now, I’ll come back with details later. Open Preview See a Problem? Thus, he had learned some Mayan, but he did not speak Nahuatl.

Nov 07, Marlen Leiva rated it it was ok Shelves: