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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The lust and love triangles worked in a modern setting, yet seemed out of place in a dsquivel folk tale. Caught in the middle of all of these oppositions is Mallinali. Still, I think it’s more than worth taking a look at. He was enraptured malinxhe her and eventually became his lover, translator and important diplomat between her people and the greedy Spaniard conquistador.

Malinche concludes my month. The narrative is recursive, too, progressing chronologically forwards before drifting back in time. I have a feeling it would be a very profound and powerful experience. The many uncertainties which surround Malinche’s role in the Spanish conquest begin with her name and its several variants.

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Apr 20, Mary Spielmann rated it did not like it. Aug 05, Alain rated it did not like it. Malinche, as she is more commonly known, has been a controversial figure in history. And while this is marketed as a mlinche story, it is really quite difficult to connect to a love affair that started with sexual abuse.

Thus, he had learned some Mayan, but he did not speak Nahuatl. That question fuels the entire novel, which spends an extraordinary amount of time spelling out what’s on her mind. I can see all the things that I believe in. It reminds me of the oral story traditions of my grandparents. Recently a number of feminist Latinas have decried such a categorization as scapegoating.


Malinche by Laura Esquivel

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. Finally, Malinalli breaks esquive him when he requires her to abandon their son in the same esquivep her esquivep abandoned her.

Then there would be the phase where she 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.

This book is just so poorly written. Mar 22, Briynne rated it liked it.

I suspect that this book is best experienced aloud, rather than by silent reading. 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 esauivel audio version. 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 roots, the conquered and the conquerors.


By page about page 30, I knew I hated it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Email required Address never made malinchr. She may very well have been the last non-Spaniard to see Monteczuma alive.


University of Oklahoma Press Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Esquivel has a tremendous ability to unearth detail and a character’s inner voice.

Skip to content Menu. She is an excellent character for exploring all of these dualities. 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. From that viewpoint, she is seen as one who betrayed the indigenous people by siding with the Spaniards.

This is probably the worst book I’ve ever come across. Que tantas otras historias pudieron surgir de esa manera? Refresh and try again. The only thing about this book that Malinhe love is the cover on the hardcover edition, at least: To view it, click here. 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.

Malinalli’s Indian esqyivel has been conquered by the warrior Aztecs.


Pretty cut and dried description of someone who feels suicidal, depressed, and betrayed, no? But he was determined to return with the rising sun and save her tribe from their present captivity.

As I said, this is not a biography. University of New Mexico Press View all 5 comments.