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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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.
When her father is killed in battle, she is raised by her wisewoman grandmother who imparts to her the knowledge that their founding forefather god, Quetzalcoatl, had abandoned them after being made drunk by a trickster god and committing incest with his sister. But he was determined to return with the rising sun and save her tribe from their present captivity.
When Malinalli meets Cortez she, like many, suspects that he is the returning Quetzalcoatl, and assumes her task is to welcome him and help him destroy the Aztec empire and free her people. The two fall passionately in love, but Malinalli gradually comes to realize that Cortez’s thirst for conquest is all too human, and that for gold and power, he is willing to destroy anyone, even his own men, even their own love. Hardcoverpages. Published May 2nd by Atria Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 31, Brina rated it liked it Shelves: This year I am participating in a classics bingo and I read Malinche by Laura Esquivel for my mythology square. I am not a fan of mythology and this story pushed me to read outside of my comfort zone. 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.
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 This year I am participating in a classics bingo and I read Malinche by Laura Esquivel for my mythology square.
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. Malinalli was brought up by her paternal grandmother after her father was offered as a human sacrifice to the Aztec g-ds. Even as a child, Malinalli possessed a high level of understanding, believing in the cruelty of sacrifice, desiring to put an end to the practice. 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.
As she learned from the Spanish, their g-d sacrificed himself for his people rather than having people sacrificed. Becoming a slave to the Spaniards, Malinalli felt honored to be in their presence. While the first half of the novel showed plot development, the second half was as much about Malinalli translating for the Spaniards as it was about the Spaniards conquests of the “girl woman”.
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. As I try to avoid books with an excess of erotica, it was difficult for me to read about the Mexican myth of Quetzalcoatl while having to read through intimate scenes.
This did little to further what I already knew about Aztec culture. During March I have only read women authors.
Malinche concludes my month. While I have enjoyed most of the novels and stories that I read, it is upsetting to finish the month on a down note. The lust and love triangles worked in a modern setting, yet seemed out of place in a mythological folk tale.
It is common knowledge that the Spanish conquistadors raped native women, but Esquivel sugar coats this by stating that Malinalli enjoyed her intimacy with multiple partners.
As a result, the book became distasteful for me. As a lifelong student of Hispanic culture, I enjoy furthering my knowledge of it.
Malinche retells a myth in a manner that might win readers looking for more entertainment than the facts behind the folktale. As a woman in history, Malinalli was courageous to help the Spaniards yet also brought about the downfall of her people. Esquivel’s lusty tale did not perpetuate this myth for me, but does check off a mythology square on my bingo card.
Thus concludes women’s history month, with my first 2. View all 6 comments. Aug 02, Chip rated it really liked it. For all you history purists were you there? She may very well have been the last non-Spaniard to see Monteczuma alive. Can you imagine what must have been going through Mallinali’s mind as t For all you history purists were you there? Can you imagine what must have been going through Mallinali’s mind as the pivot between two powerful cultures?
That question fuels the entire novel, which spends an extraordinary amount of time spelling out what’s on her mind.
If soliloquy drives you nuts, this book isn’t for you. The greatest insight I brought away from ‘Malinche’ was a decoupling of the original Quetzalcoatl belief system from the subsequent belief system whose name I do not know based upon human sacrifice. I had always been taught they were one and the same, and believe otherwise now. 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.
Most of all, I would like to find myself standing before the Temple of the Sun in an empty plaza as a full moon rises to my right and the sun sets on my left, as did Mallinali. I have a feeling it would be a very profound and powerful experience. I found this book to be a carefully crafted novel attempting to balance extremes: Caught in the middle of all of these oppositions is Mallinali.
She is an excellent character for exploring all of these dualities. There are places in the book where I felt these contrasts were so carefully understated as to be invisible and ‘the Invisible’ is almost a character in the book, pointing the way to these insights. A speed-reader would likely miss them, and the lessons the author is attempting to impart would be lost. 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.
To those who must repeat ad nauseum “I preferred ‘Like Water For Chocolate'” this book is a completely different genre: You won’t enjoy a historical novel if you think its going to be a romance, and you won’t enjoy a romance if you’re expecting a historical novel.
That isn’t the fault of the author! It is a failure of your own expectations! Next time read the book flap for a plot synopsis before you buy the book! View all 4 comments. Dec 02, Book Concierge rated it really liked it Shelves: For centuries, she has been reviled as a traitor for her role in helping the Spaniards conquer the Aztec empire, but more recent research has pointed to a more complex r Book on CD performed by Maria Conchita Alonso Malinalli was a Native woman from Tabasco, who was given as a slave to the conquering Spaniards.
For centuries, she has been reviled as a traitor for her role in helping the Spaniards conquer the Aztec empire, but more recent research has pointed to a more complex reality. In this lyrical, poetic novel, Esquivel gives us a strong woman with deeply held beliefs who wanted to free her people. She could not possibly have known the consequences, and she realized her mistake far too late.
Her imagery is vivid and tangible. She gives equal attention to scenes of a happy childhood or vibrant festivities, as well as to scenes of destruction or death.
I felt the heat and humidity, heard the cacophony of a busy marketplace, smelled the stench of a battlefield, tasted the tropical fruits and delicacies of a royal feast.
This is a decidedly Mexican novel. Mlinche infuses the story with magical realism, mysticism, and spirituality.
It reminds me of the oral story traditions of my grandparents. And yet, her Malinalli is a real woman, with conflicting desires; a woman who loves or hates, feels pain and joy, and does her best to survive with her dignity and integrity intact. Maria Conchita Alonso deserves five stars for her performance of the audiobook.
Sep 07, Al rated it did not like malincbe. Malinche is lauraa with the tone, writing level and emotional depth laira a third-grade history book. I don’t know if something aka everything was lost in translation, but this book seems to “talk down” to you while shifting abruptly from factual-seeming descriptions of Aztec life, society and architecture to similarly presented, yet entirely different, direct renditions of stiff and unnatural inner laaura outer dialogue.
When rape is presented with the same voice, tone, expression and aftermath as Malinche is written with the tone, writing level and emotional depth of a third-grade history book. 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. The overly simplistic language, flat-line presentation of all content and poorly organized structure made this book unsatisfying, unemotional and not worth reading.
Malinche is the story of the indigenous woman, Malinalli, who had a relationship with Hernan Cortes when the Spanish conquered Mexico. Her story is somewhat similar to that of Pocahontas with John Smith in the U.
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. This book malinceh that it was not that way at all.
Rather than standing as a symbol of betrayal, Malinche instead becomes eaquivel root o Malinche is the story of the indigenous woman, Malinalli, who had a relationship with Hernan Cortes when the Spanish conquered Mexico. Rather than standing as a symbol of betrayal, Malinche instead becomes the root of modern Mexico today — a Mexico that must find a way to integrate its mixed history of indigenous and Spanish amlinche, the conquered and the conquerors.