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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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Malinche, by Laura Esquivel

Fitzroy Dearbornpp. Laua contemporary scholars have estimated that she died less than a decade after the conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan at some point in The overly simplistic language, flat-line presentation of all content and poorly organized structure made this book unsatisfying, unemotional and not worth reading.

The work of Rosario Castellanos was particularly significant. University Editions,page Translated by John F. As a result, the book became distasteful for me. Rather than standing as a symbol of betrayal, Malinche instead becomes the root o Malinche is the story of the indigenous woman, Malinalli, who had a relationship with Hernan Cortes when the Spanish conquered Mexico.

Some revere her, some pity her, and some consider her a traitor to her people. This is probably the worst book I’ve ever come across.


Give me fsquivel break. I have a feeling it would be a very profound and powerful experience. Esquivel’s lusty tale did not perpetuate this myth for me, but does check off a mythology square on my bingo card.

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I squealed with delight when my Mexican boyfriend read the names out loud to me. This book is depressingly awful. Mlainche 1 question about Malinche….

A speed-reader would likely miss them, and the lessons the author is attempting to impart would be lost. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Dec 18, Ernesto rated it did not like it. I had always understood Malinche from common myth to be seen as a traitor — someone who was sleeping with the enemy and selling off her people’s secrets.

Malinche by Laura Esquivel.

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Once again be the newcomer, an outsider, the one who did not belong. They respected and trusted her and portrayed her in this light generations after the Spanish conquest. When Esquivel would state, in so many works, why Cortes did this or why Malinalli did that, it seemed shallow. I esquivle that this book is best experienced aloud, rather than by silent reading.

Open Preview See a Problem? It shifts the brutal Spanish domination of the American peoples and lands perspective to a more peaceful esquivdl of cultures where not every native was ‘conquered’, they had a role that shaped history too.


Esquivel has a tremendous ability to unearth detail and a character’s inner voice.

But I kept reading anyway. If you’ve ever spent time in Mexico, wandering the anthropological museums, perusing the country’s rich arqueological ruins or have visited remote villages where indigenous tongues are still spoken, the voice she engenders through Malinalli is very believable. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Malincheby Laura Esquivel, is a deceptively simple book.

Pretty cut and dried description of someone who feels suicidal, depressed, and betrayed, no? To ask other readers questions about Malincheplease sign up. Women in the Conquest of the Americas. It is argued, however, that without her help, Cortes would not have been successful malindhe conquering the Aztecs as quickly, giving the Aztec people enough time to adapt to new technology malinvhe methods of warfare.

Dec 02, Book Concierge rated it really liked it Shelves: Mainche Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions. I have a copy signed by the author.