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Malinche: Novela (Spanish) Hardcover – 7 Feb 2006

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  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (7 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0743290348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743290340
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen D. Dias on 2 Oct. 2009
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The writing is sheer poetry! Great insight into the period of Cortes Malinalli the heroine comes alive in this book! Also a very easy read for one who is not a native speaker of Spanish Laura Esquivel is a great writer! For me her most delightful book remains 'Tan veloz como el deseo'
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By Kristin on 25 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read books by Esquivel that are so much better. I couldn't finish this one - I found the writing really disjointed, with huge chunks about Mayan spirituality awkwardly shoehorned into the story. The characters were unrealistic and contradictory, and the book seemed very rushed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. Mahon on 20 July 2008
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I loved this book and couldn't put down, I had to follow the book by reading the rest of Esquivel's novels.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Penosa edición, mal libro 7 Jun. 2007
By Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Este libro está muy mal editado. Está plagado de gazapos: faltas de ortografía y de gramática. Por ejemplo, en español no se usa coma entre el sujeto y el predicado. Hay montones de comas en esa situación. No entiendo por qué. He trabajado en editoriales durante muchos años en mi vida, y siempre los originales pasan dos revisiones. La autora también debería haberle echado un vistazo a la última revisión antes de enviarla a imprenta. Pero bueno. A parte de esto, el libro tampoco mata. Estoy de acuerdo con la crítica publicada aquí en Amazon que dice que Esquivel escribió sólo un buen libro (Como agua para chocolate). Esperaba muchísimo más de este libro, y a pesar de lo decepcionante que es leer algo que está mal escrito, continué con el afán de aprender algo sobre el mito de la Malinche. Al acabar el libro me quedé con las ganas, porque no aprendí nada. Así que le doy a este libro 1 estrella y creo que soy demasiado benevolente. No lo recomiendo.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
OTRO PUNTO DE VISTA 7 April 2007
By M. GOMEZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
La novela de Malinche, por Laura Esquivel, me dio una nueva forma de ver a la Malinche. No estoy segura si la novela es toda ficción o si hay partes de la vida de la Malinche que sean correctas historicamente; ya en en varias partes de la novela no coincidian con lo que yo conocía de ella. Me gustó la novela porque nos hace ver a la Malinche como una mujer que sufre, siente, ama, se confunde, y una pensadora. No es uno de los mejores libros que he leído, pero permite ver otro punto de vista de la conquista. Lo que no me gustó de la novela es que la autora se repetía mucho utilizando palabras diferentes para decir lo mismo. La historia en si está buena y la recomedaría a personas que están interesadas en conocer la conquista de México a travez de los ojos de la Malinche, o Sra. Malinalli.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mythic Biography 23 May 2008
By Louis N. Gruber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Malinche, an indigenous woman little known except that she served as Cortes' translator, and is looked upon as a traitor to her own people, is presented here as a real person, the author imagining what she must have experienced, and what a difficult life she must have had. Her childhood, rejection by her mother, raised by her grandmother, her world already shaken by the incursions of the Spanish, her grandmother's death, her stormy relationship with Hernan Cortes, and her marriage to Juan Jaramillo, all are portrayed as they might have been experienced.

More than a fictionalized biography, this is the story of Mexico and its difficult history, its birth from different streams of DNA and different cultures, as personified in this woman Malinalli, or Malinche. The text is supplemented by a series of "codices," i.e. pictographic representations of the events in the indigenous style.

Unfortunately the book is not as well written as it could have been. Author Esquivel indulges in long-winded, repetitive philosophical digressions, dream sequences, circular introspections by her main character, rather than showing the character doing anything. Indeed major events of her life are glossed over quickly, replaced by more of these endless ruminations. Author Laura Esquivel is a great writer, capable of much more than this, so the book was a bit disappointing. Still, it was interesting and I'm glad I read it. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Desesperante 4 April 2009
By L. C. Flores - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Después de haber leído "Isabel Moctezuma" de Eugenio Aguirre, novela cargada de acontecimientos históricos y donde se describen con maestría los papeles que juegan los mexicas, mexicas de la nobleza y conquistadores, la novela "Malinche" de Laura Esquivel se queda muy muy corta. En "Isabel Moctezuma" la protagonista es Tecuichpo, hija de Moctezuma, pero como personaje secundario se lee el rol de la Malinche como traductora y concubina de Cortés, su sumisión hacia éste y los abusos que sufrió por éste. Laura Esquivel escribe una historia de amor muy alejada de la realidad. Además, el libro parece no haber sido editado puesto que brincan a la vista las faltas de ortografía y la redundancia de ideas en cada párrafo. Es con frecuencia desesperante el querer avanzar en el desarrollo de la historia y leer siempre lo mismo. Apoyo hasta cierto punto que ella haya utilizado como herramienta de escritura, la manera de narración náhuatl, pero eso no justifica que al pasar de 3-4 páginas la pobre Malinche siga en las mismas. Recomendable solo para aquel que tenga paciencia en leer redundancias, internarse en los pensamientos de una mujer y poco interés en la historia real de la conquista de México.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Una versión más humana 8 Aug. 2012
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
I liked it. Period. It is a love story that portraits Malinalli's life and her relationship with Hernan Cortes. It is a novel not a history report. So if you are looking for facts only this is not a book for you. If you rather love stories and some drama, this book will make it.
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