Bonsai: A Novel by Alejandro Zambra, Carolina De Robertis

By Alejandro Zambra, Carolina De Robertis

Hailed as a good Latin American literary occasion, this stylistically leading edge, elliptically advised story of a tender guy and his love who mysteriously disappears is, because the narrator tells us, "a basic tale that turns into complicated."

Through either the gap and closeness of those younger fanatics, Alejandro Zambra brilliantly explores the connection among paintings, love, and lifestyles. Bonsai is offered but profound--as one critic in Chile's Capital newspaper positioned it, "Brief as a sigh and forceful as a blow."

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The grey eyes turned into pools of molten silver, charm gleaming in them. 'You little siren,' he said softly, then he leaned over and kissed her lightly on her nose. She felt no panic this time, no unrest. She smiled back at him as he moved away, her eyes clear. She had enjoyed it. Lin had never been demonstrative; she had had no kisses, no cuddles, as a child. Joss had delighted her. It had been so right, so marvellous. She leaned forward impulsively and kissed him back, aiming for his nose.

She smells apples,' Linden said with amusement. Lady had a passion for them, crunching them in her strong white teeth with ain amiable smile. They rode through rough field tracks towards the heather-dark moors in a ceaseless sunshine. The sky was as blue and clear as a baby's eyes. Larks hovered like moths overhead. Flies clustered around the horses' heads and she leaned forward to fan them away, her slender body moving lightly in the saddle. They slowed their pace as they reached the moors. The rough heather scratched against the horses' feet.

Lin's thin lips flicked into a dry smile. 'In childhood we see from a different angle,' he said. 'Things look bigger and brighter to us than they do when we're adults. ' 'Joss,' said the steady voice. ' Linden walked out, whistling to Bandit, who followed eagerly, his paws brushing through the pollen-dusted grass. The shadow of the lilac tree fell in dark patterns on the old red-brick wall beside the house. Through the open gate she saw the farm buildings shimmering in the sunlight. Helots had been a working farm thirty years ago when the red barn was added to the other outbuildings; the date of its construction was chiselled into the end wall.

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