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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She knew from experience that she would quickly have to ingratiate herself with her new masters to avoid being rejected or, in more dire cases, punished. He was enraptured by her and eventually became his lover, translator and important diplomat between her people and the greedy Esauivel conquistador. View all 3 comments. After being baptized, the 20 slave girls were distributed by Cortes among his Spanish captains.

View all 5 comments. Esquivel infuses the story with magical realism, mysticism, and spirituality. For instance, her affair with Cortes, if it could be called that, was mystifying to me. Jun 01, Rebecca rated it really liked it.

Malinche retells a myth in a manner that might win readers looking for more entertainment than the facts behind the folktale. In a recent book [4]ethnohistorian Matthew Restall views Malinche as representative of one of the darkest aspects of the Conquest in which Spaniards routinely trafficked in young women by acquiring slaves and capturing and selling young women into slavery, including sex slavery.

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La Malinche – Wikipedia

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. La Malinche Spanish pronunciation: Recently a number of feminist Latinas have decried such a categorization as scapegoating.

No se como me siento acerca de este libro, por una parte me encantome encanto la magia que Esquivel invoca explicando la cultura Mexica. This site uses cookies. Refresh and try again. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Voice of the Vanquished: Jan 24, Olethros rated it liked it. Malinche is written in what I see as a folk tale llaura.

To view it, click here. The work of Rosario Castellanos was particularly significant. I think Esquivel does a marvelous job giving some paura 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.

I hated this book. From History to Myth Austin: But as soon as I started reading the story, it failed to engage me. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Her imagery is vivid and tangible. An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions. This was terrible and the worst part is that it is based on historical events that are absolutely captivating. That question fuels the entire novel, which spends an extraordinary amount of time spelling out what’s on her mind.

May 01, Jennifer rated it did not like it. Jul 29, Melissa rated it did not like it. See 1 question about Malinche….

Malinche, by Laura Esquivel

Aug 19, Mariana rated it it was amazing Shelves: I doubt most gringos will relate to the story due to the heavy emphasis placed on inner monologues that rely on a good dose of esoteric philosophy, a pantheistic world view and repetitive references to indigenous history.


The desire to set herself eswuivel fire kept her alert That being said, I just wasn’t into the book all that edquivel. 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.

On one hand, it had the lovely light touch of magical realism, an intriguing interpretation of feminism, and the benefit of one of the most savage conquests in history as a dramatic backdrop. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Books by Laura Esquivel. She gives equal attention to scenes of a happy childhood or vibrant festivities, as well as to scenes of destruction or death. While in laaura mountain town of Orizaba in central Mexico, she married Juan Jaramillo mxlinche, a Spanish hidalgo.

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It was hard to me to lose myself in this story. To those who must repeat ad nauseum “I preferred ‘Like Water For Chocolate'” this book is a completely different genre: This is a tricky one to review. She was sold into slavery three times, and by the final sale she became the translator for Cortes as he sought to convince Montezuma that he was the incarnation of the God Quetzalcoatl.