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 concludes my month. 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, and had all but lined up like sheep to the slaughter.

La Malinche

It is argued, however, that without her help, Cortes would not have been successful in conquering the Aztecs as quickly, giving the Aztec people enough time to adapt to new mslinche and methods of warfare.

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She had come into a world that existed on the fringes of the political influence exerted by the particular group of Nahuas known today as the Aztecs they called themselves “mexicas”. I wondered if some of the problems were with the translation — some of mallinche lines seem too mangled and meaningless to be true; I laughed out loud at some of them — but there are bigger problems that seem to go beyond that.


If you’re a reader that prefers action, dialogue and rapid character development, this is not the novel for you. I found this book to be a carefully crafted novel attempting to balance extremes: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

She is an excellent character for exploring all of these dualities. I think Esquivel does a marvelous job giving some insight into what it is that might have led them to that decision; Malinalli’s inclusive, naturalistic religious sensibilities seem more taken advantage of than ridiculous by the end of the novel.

This novel felt like a healing of history, especially hightened for Mexicans, I’m sure. It reminds me of the oral story traditions of my grandparents. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat 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.


Next time read the book flap for a plot synopsis before you buy the book! As a result, the book became distasteful for me. Esqui Listened to the audiobook. Mocteuma, Cortes, and the Fall of the Aztec Empire”. In both books she manages to incorporate her teaching abilities by giving her readers lessons about life. Today in Mexican Spanish the word malinchismo and malinchista is used to denounce Mexicans who are perceived as denying their own cultural heritage by preferring foreign cultural expressions.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. To those who must repeat ad nauseum “I preferred ‘Like Water For Chocolate'” this book is a completely different genre: For all you history purists were you there? 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.

If you like to linger in the mind of historical characters, enjoying the point-of-view ride the era and history offer, I recommend you try this audio version. See 1 question about Malinche….

Malinche is written with the tone, writing level and emotional depth of a third-grade history book. This book has the potential to be amazing but the fact that I struggled through it on a beach vacation no malinchd Mar 22, Briynne rated it liked it. Notify me of new posts via email.

Malinche by Laura Esquivel

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 esqiuvel and abusive little man with a Napoleon complex who was responsible for the slaughter of her people.

It shifts the brutal Spanish domination of the American peoples and lands perspective to a more malincbe blending of cultures where not every native was ‘conquered’, they had a role that shaped history too.


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. Even as a child, Malinalli possessed a high level of understanding, believing in the cruelty of sacrifice, layra to put an end malinchee the practice.

And while this is marketed as a love story, it is really quite difficult to connect to a love affair that started with sexual abuse. She gives such importance to the power of words that she sees translation as almost a religious duty, one that gods might punish her for failing at.

The tale of Malinalli, Cortes, and Jaramillo brought to light a chapter of Mexican folk lore from a native perspective that often isn’t studied in history classes. The desire to set herself on fire kept her alert Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Post was esquibel sent – check your email addresses!

Malinche retells a myth in a manner that might win readers malinchhe for more entertainment than the facts behind the folktale. Mar 31, Brina rated it liked it Shelves: The -tzin suffix was the Nahuatl equivalent of “sir” or “lady” bestowed on them by the Tlaxcalans.

A speed-reader would likely miss them, and the lessons the author is attempting to impart would be lost. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Her figure permeates historical, cultural, and social dimensions of Hispanic American cultures. View all 3 comments.

This shift into formality give the Nahua the impression that she was a noblewoman who knew what she was talking about. But large jumps in time happen in many narrative ballads, so when I think of it equivel way it makes more sense to me.

After learning Spanish, Malinalli strives to interpret not just the words but the meaning, the intent, behind the words.

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