Malinche From the international bestselling author of Like Water for Chocolate comes an extraordinary new historical novel about a passionate and tragic love affair during the conquest of the Aztecs Unabridged

  • Title: Malinche
  • Author: Laura Esquivel
  • ISBN: 9781933499383
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Malinche

    From the international bestselling author of Like Water for Chocolate comes an extraordinary new historical novel about a passionate and tragic love affair during the conquest of the Aztecs Unabridged 6 CDs.

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    1. Brina

      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 [...]

    2. Chip

      For all you history purists (were you there? how can you be sure, unless you're Shirley McLaine?) this is a NOVEL not an anthropological research paper. Obviously the author had to take liberties with the story of Mallinali/Marina, slave girl and *the*only native American who was a front-row observer/participant in the apex/decline of Aztecan culture. 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 [...]

    3. Book Concierge

      Book on CD performed by Maria Conchita AlonsoMalinalli was a Native woman from Tabasco, who was given as a slave to the conquering Spaniards. Her ability to speak Spanish as well as two native languages – Mayan and Nahuatl – brought her to the attention of Hernán Cortés, and eventually she became his mistress and bore him a son. 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 com [...]

    4. Laura

      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.S. 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 shows that it was not that way at all. Rather than standing as a symbol of betrayal, Malinche instead becomes the root o [...]

    5. Al

      Malinche is written with the tone, writing level and emotional depth of 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 and outer dialogue. When rape is presented with the same voice, tone, expression and aftermath as [...]

    6. Unlectorcompulsivo

      No me gustó nada. Supongo que esto no es spoiler porque es parte de la historia de México. Pues bien, aquí vemos a la Malinche nace presagiada por signos del cambio, su abuela, es una anciana con conocimientos milenarios tipo “new age” mientras que su madre es muy malvada y la vende. Por el otro lado, Cortés que es chaparro, malo y ambicioso, decide lanzarse a conquistar México. Los dos se encuentran y ella que odia los sacrificios humanos (porque es como pacifista, nomás porque sí), [...]

    7. Marlen Leiva

      Es un libro con un lenguaje muy poético, evoca muchas metáforas, imágenes y muchos símbolos. Sin embargo, cuando leo libros que tratan de temas históricos con personajes "reales" cómo fue la Malinche y Hernán Cortés, me siento un poco rara y me siento aún más rara cuando la autora coloca como "bibliografía" a autores como Bernal Castillo, Prescott etc. Me siento un poco estafada, como si la novela fuera un experimento, donde la autora reunió muchos datos, ordenó las ideas, creo un l [...]

    8. Melissa

      Are you one of those people who keeps reading books even though they don’t like them? I am. I had a feeling I’d hate Laura Esquivel’s Malinche by about page 8. By page about page 30, I knew I hated it. But I kept reading anyway.For those of you who aren’t familiar with conquistador history, Malintzin/Malinalli was an indigenous slave who was given to Hernán Cortés when the Spaniards landed in Mexico; she eventually became his interpreter. Malinche, as she is more commonly known, has be [...]

    9. Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder

      Classic Bingo O2: Classic Folklore or Mythology**I listened to the eAudio edition.

    10. Scarlet Cameo

      "El que maneja la información, los significados, adquiere poder, descubrió que al traducir, ella dominaba la situación y no sólo eso, sino que la palabra podría ser un arma"Que decepción me causo esta historia, tanto potencial para que lo amara y que la desperdiciaran :'(s primeras 30 páginas me hicieron creer que la historia sería hermosa, profunda y cruda pero poética que se centraría en TODA la vida de Malinalli, la esclava que fungiendo como traductora facilitó, para bien y para m [...]

    11. Célia

      Parti com este livro com baixas expectativas, confesso. As opiniões que li não eram propriamente muito entusiásticas, por isso peguei neste livro com um pé atrás. Às vezes acontece a minha opinião não condizer com a da maioria, mas neste caso acabei mesmo por não gostar muito do livro.Conhecia vagamente a personagem de Malinalli de Aztec, de Gary Jennings (que em Portugal foi publicado em dois volumes, Orgulho Asteca e Sangue Asteca); sabia que tinha sido a intérprete de Córtez aquand [...]

    12. Rebecca

      I have never read Like Water for Chocolate, but was intrigued when I found this book by the same author on the bargain shelf at B&N. Esquivel’s prose is very expressive and fluid, and I personally found it beautiful. In the Reader’s Guide at the end of the book, it states that the book is “told in the lyricism of the Nahuatl song tradition and pictorial language.” I definitely felt that that in many ways the book resembled a song more than a novel, and this may not appeal to some rea [...]

    13. Krista Baetiong Tungol

      I immediately bought this book after seeing it in a bookstore a few years back because it was written by the same author who wrote one of my favorite books, Like Water for Chocolate, and knowing how powerfully gripping Laura Esquivel had written it, I had expected Malinche to be carved out of the same caliber. But as soon as I started reading the story, it failed to engage me. Malinalli fell short of a heroine for me. For someone whose country also suffered from foreign domination, I didn’t fi [...]

    14. Stacy

      The main character's relationship with nature, elements and her gods was very beautiful. This novel felt like a healing of history, especially hightened for Mexicans, I'm sure. It shifts the brutal Spanish domination of the American peoples and lands perspective to a more peaceful blending of cultures where not every native was 'conquered', they had a role that shaped history too. That being said, I just wasn't into the book all that much. It saddened and therefore tired me to read about female [...]

    15. Mariana

      Se adentra en el universo mítico de los pueblos precolombinos, ligados a las fuerzas de la tierra y el cosmos, ligados con la violencia y el horror de las batallas, dando como origen de ese choque el nacimiento de algo nuevo, el mestizo, en conjunto con la mejor de las armas: la palabra, que además, recae sobre la figura de una mujer indígena, que deja de lado la elocuencia y capacidad de persuasión del estudiado Cortés, que no le servían de nada fuera de su idioma, capaz de traducir, que [...]

    16. imbirowa

      "Życie oferuje nam zawsze dwie możliwości: dzień i noc, orła lub węża, budowę lub niszczenie, karę lub przebaczenie, ale istnieje też trzecia możliwość, ukryta, łącząca obie możliwości: odkryj ją."To była dziwna książka. Serio. Z jednej strony, całkiem niezła historia niewolnicy Malinalli, która miała służyć Hiszpanom. Historia pełna tajemnic, rodzinnych wartości, silnego przywiązania do babki, odwagi. Historia przedstawiająca dziki świat Azteków, magię i zaga [...]

    17. Laura Motta

      This book is depressingly awful. I loved Like Water for Chocolate and had high hopes for Malinche, but there's no getting around it: This book is just so poorly written. The prose is overwrought, the characters are underdeveloped and inconsistent, the structure is confusing. I wondered if some of the problems were with the translation -- some of the 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. [...]

    18. Jennifer

      This was terrible and the worst part is that it is based on historical events that are absolutely captivating. Cortez took her as his translator/concubine and he used her to help him conquer Mexico. Not only that, but they had a son who is considered the first "Mexican" to exist, which is contentious for the indigenous population of Mexico. Malinche is still a divisive icon in Mexico- someone who enabled the forcible colonization of their land and people. This book has the potential to be amazin [...]

    19. Paola

      me gustó, pero no me encantó Hmm ceeo que fue una buena forma de darle un nuevo toque a este personaje histórico tan emblemático en México y quitarle un poco de esa maldad que le atribuyen en los linros escolares de historia y presenta a la Malinchr más humana.

    20. Mary Spielmann

      I hated this book. I wanted to like it, but what is there to like? It is badly written, faux-mystical, and mostly incoherent.

    21. Rob Del Rio

      Listened to the audiobook. No doubt the author stepped into the shoes of the protagonist, Malinalli, and used her imagination to create the indigenous world Malinche knew from infancy, then wrestled with the changes Cortez and the Spanish conquistadors invoked on her people and the native tribes she was forced to address as the interpreter. Much description of the earth, nature, eroticism, pre-colonial civilization and religious/philosophical belief accompanied the sparse plot and dialogue.Esqui [...]

    22. Briynne

      This is a tricky one to review. 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. The presence of religion and spiritualism in the story is also interesting and vital to making the story work. 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 [...]

    23. Olethros

      -Alegórica, evocadora y, muy al fondo, hasta algo histórica.-Género. Novela (a un paso de la Novela histórica, pero sin serlo porque esa no es su intención).Lo que nos cuenta. Ficción sobre una supuesta vida de Malinalli, conocida en la Historia y la leyenda como Malinche, desde su nacimiento en el valle del Anáhuac bajo la protección del dios Quetzalcóatl hasta su encuentro con Hernán Cortés, tomado por el propio Quetzalcóatl por muchos, para quien comienza a traducir y termina teni [...]

    24. Aura

      I have heard the term Malinche used to describe a backstabber or a treacherous woman. The woman and historical figure Malinche is explored in this novel. She was an abandoned child raised by her grandmother and given to Hernan Cortez as a slave. He was enraptured by her and eventually became his lover, translator and important diplomat between her people and the greedy Spaniard conquistador. I really enjoyed this novel by Laura Esquivel famous novelist of Like Water for Chocolate. I listened to [...]

    25. Aïda

      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. Deze manier van vertellen zorgde ervoor dat ik me niet goed kon inleven in de personages. Voor wie een veel leukere manier zoekt om in contact te komen met de oude Aztekencultuur, raad ik de Dreamworksfilm El Dorado aan.

    26. Kirsty

      I really enjoyed Laura Esquivel's most famous novel in its English translation, Like Water for Chocolate, and thus decided to choose another of her books for mine and Katie's place-themed book club (current stop: Mexico). I found that all of those elements which I enjoyed in Like Water for Chocolate were either overshadowed or lost entirely in Malinche, and the writing was far too simplistic to sustain my interest. Whilst the plot sounded fascinating, I do not feel as though it was executed very [...]

    27. Sharlene

      The story of Malinche is a rather interesting one.And yet it was also a book I didn’t quite enjoy reading. But somehow managed to finish. I don’t know – was I already too far into the book to give it up? Or am I just reluctant to give up books, unless I really detest it? I didn’t hate reading this book, it had some interesting moments. Partly because it is based on a historical figure. One I hadn’t heard of before, but has such an iconic status.And she is the almost mythical character [...]

    28. Jori Richardson

      The Aztec culture is one of my favorites to study, but unfortunately, not that many works of fiction are written on them. So, I was elated to find this book brand new for only $2 at Border's.The story focuses on the conquistadors', led by Cortes, destruction the Aztec's way of life. Malinalli is a beautiful young woman in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. Cortes is drawn to her, and the two fall in love. However, Malinalli becomes torn between her lover and her people when she begins to realize th [...]

    29. Ginette González

      Este libro lo encontré en la calle, caminando por el centro de Bergisch Gladbach, Alemania, hace menos de un par de meses. Se tropieza uno en Alemania con unos "carritos" o estanterías apostados en parques o bulevares, con libros usados que simplemente están allí, solos, sin dueño preciso, dispuestos al caminante para que uno los hojee y se los lleve! Y coloque alguno propio en agradecimiento supongo. Ahora imagínense la suerte de hallar en medio de los libros en idioma alemán y uno que o [...]

    30. Maritere Domínguez

      Malinalli, mujer que todo mexicano conoce. La cultura popular no la favorece e incluso se utiliza despectivamente el término de "Malinchista" para referirse a alguien que prefiere lo extranjero a lo nacional. No es que ella lo hubiera preferido, en mi opinión ella no tuvo opción. Después de una corta pero fructífura niñez con su abuela, Malinalli fue regalada como esclava hasta llegar a la servidumbre de los extraños enviados de Quetzalcoátl.Este relato humaniza a Malinalli y según este [...]

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