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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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La Malinche

Malinalli fell short of a heroine for me. As she heard of the Spanish arrival on Mexican soil, she lauded them solely because their g-ds did not require humans to be sacrificed.

Jan 02, Stacy rated it it was ok.

He was enraptured by her and eventually became his lover, translator and important diplomat between her people and the greedy Spaniard conquistador. Want to Read saving…. First Person Accounts of the Conquest of Mexico. I listened to I have heard the term Malinche used to describe a backstabber or a treacherous woman.

Next time read the book flap for a plot synopsis before you buy the book! The Conquest of New Spain.

Malinche, by Laura Esquivel – A Bookish Type

The many uncertainties which surround Malinche’s role in the Spanish conquest begin with her name and its several variants. An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico. The author skips over so much time so frequently that it’s more a series of snapshots of Malinalli’s life than it is a cohesive narrative.


A speed-reader would likely miss eequivel, and the lessons the author is attempting to impart would be lost.

MALINCHE by Laura Esquivel , Ernestro Mestre-Reed | Kirkus Reviews

This book is just so poorly written. Notify me of new comments via email. Dec 02, Book Concierge rated it really liked it Shelves: La Malinche’s legacy is one of myth mixed with legend, and the opposing opinions of the Mexican people about the legendary woman. During March I have only read women authors. Despite its lyricism, this odd marriage of spirituality and psychology will be a slog for all but the most devoted New Agers.


Pasztor; Robert Buffington I would have understood it if she was just a slave-woman being practical in a situation over which she had no control, but I felt like I was being asked to believe she was to some extent in love with a cruel and abusive little man with a Napoleon complex who was responsible for the slaughter of her people. When rape is presented with the same voice, tone, expression and aftermath as a description of embroidery on a dress, it’s hard not to toss a book away in frustration.

This was terrible and the worst part is that it is based on historical events that are absolutely captivating. University of New Mexico Press Some revere her, some pity her, and some consider her a traitor to her people.

Misschien ligt dit deels aan de vertaling, maar wat op de achterflap beschreven werd als een zangerige, schilderachtige schrijfstijl, komt op mij vooral over als hoogdravend en zeurderig. Then there would be the phase where oa would have to sharpen her senses in order to see and hear as acutely as possible so that she could assimilate quickly all the new customs and the words most frequently used by the group she was to become a part of–so that finally, she would be judged on her own merits.

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Que tantas otras historias pudieron surgir de esa manera? For all you history purists were you there?

But he was determined to return with malicnhe rising sun and save her tribe from their present captivity. She is an excellent character for exploring all of esquiel dualities. After bearing witness to his thirst for power and the brutal slaughter of thousands of people, Malinalli is left trying to reconcile her love for this man and her horror at his actions, as well as the role she has played in helping him.

I remember feeling almost amused shock as a fifth-grader or whenever it was that we learned that the Aztecs had mistaken the Spanish conquistadors for returning gods This is a tricky one to review. See 1 question about Malinche…. But as soon as I started reading the story, it failed to engage me.

I squealed with delight when my Mexican boyfriend read the names out loud to me.