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La vida privada de los árboles Free download ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Κάθε Κυριακή ο Χουλιάν αφιερώνει χρόνο στη συγγραφή ενός μυθιστορήματος Και κάθε βράδυ αυτοσχεδιάζει και αφηγείται στη θετή τ?ο μυθιστόρημά του η Ντανιέλα καθώς θα μεγαλώνει χωρίς μητέραΈνα μυθιστόρημα με πρωτότυπη νοσταλγία και μελαγχολία που επιβεβαιώνει τον Alejandro Zambra ως έναν εκ των σημαντικών εκπροσώπων της νέας γενιάς συγγραφέων της Λατινικής Αμερική. Before I write a review I try to tune into the echoes from the book that remain in my consciousness in order to pin down how it has made me feel and how the reading of it has intersected with my own life Usually a lot of ideas occur to me fairly uickly and then the review is up and awayI’ve been very patient since finishing The Private Life of Trees I’ve tried listening for the echoes but they are very faint In the end all I’ve come up with is an odd feeling of discomfort the kind of mild distress I might feel while observing someone undergoing an uncomfortable procedure like a full body wax or maybe a tattoo in a delicate place the kind of unease that would make me think I shouldn’t be watching that this should take place in private Yes I was embarrassed to have been a witness to the inner anguish experienced by Julian the narrator during the night in which the action of this short novel takes place I was uncomfortable in the face of his pathetic realisation and almost from the beginning that he has been abandoned once again by a lover I was troubled by his victim status and his certainty that both he and his writing will be rejected in the future by his stepdaughter Literature does not interest Daniela She reads a lot but she only reads history books or memoirs or essays The truth is she can’t stand fiction; she gets impatient with novelists’ absurd farces; let’s pretend there was once a world that was or less like this let’s pretend that I’m not me that I’m a reliable voice a white face over which less white faces semi dark faces pass Alejandro Zambro underlines the victim theme early in the book In one of the few references to the trees of the title he writes Right now sheltered by the solitude of the park the trees are commenting on the bad luck of an oak two people have carved their names as a symbol of their friendship into his bark “No one has a right to give you a tattoo without your consent” says the poplarSo is that Zambra's main message here That Julian is destined to have other couples’ vows carved into his psyche again and again If so I would prefer not to be a witness to his poignant reminiscences I feel exactly the way Julian imagines his stepdaughter might have felt after listening to her real father's 'girlfriend' stories The important thing would have been to have saved the breath he uses to tell themPS A week after writing this review I'm still thinking about Zambra's book Some of my further thoughts arose out of the comment section see below but it is the book I'm currently reading an Irish one that has underlined for me exactly what I missed in Zambra's writing an understanding of the tradition out of which he writes the literary influences he has undergone the echoes conscious or otherwise of all the ChileanSouth American writers who have gone before him I realised that I just don't know enough about what has made him the writer he has become in order to understand his approach to writing There are many writers whom I've read and appreciated without knowing anything about their literary background; their books were all the support I reuired In Zambra's case I needed a crutch

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τ’ άλλα η Βερόνικα γυναίκα του Χουλιάν και μητέρα της Ντανιέλας καθυστερεί ανεξήγητα να γυρίσει σπίτι Κι όσο η νύχτα προχωρά και η Βερόνικα δεν επιστρέφει ο Χουλιάν αναπολεί τη ζωή τους και φαντάζεται τι σκέψεις μπορεί να κάνει για ?. what is even better than this bookoriana's review of this bookher review is what soothed my terror when i realized i did not have enough book left to carry me through both my lunch break AND my subway ride home and instead of freaking out much i calmly carried a copy of this book to the green room and read it on my lunch break leaving the riveting conclusion of the iron duke for the subway ride home phew crisis avertedsince i already own it and it is an open letter publication and i have read another book by this guy it was inevitable that i would have read it someday but i want to stress again how great oriana's review of it isthis is a tiny little book but it is very full it captures perfectly the range of emotions a person goes through when waiting for someone to come home the forgiving early shades of something must have come up the later genuine concerns that violence must have come to them the much much later holy shit they are totally having an affair and are laughing at me behind my back while i wait here like a fool but this is not a comic novel; it is not a novel of relationships either it is just a novel that sort of happens without fireworks or fanfare; just a uiet episode that blossoms into something else at the end which is also uiet and contemplative and all part of the same diversionary tactic of filling the waiting time it is uite lovely and that is all that needs to be saidcome to my blog

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La vida privada de los árbolesΚάθε Κυριακή ο Χουλιάν αφιερώνει χρόνο στη συγγραφή ενός μυθιστορήματος Και κάθε βράδυ αυτοσχεδιάζει και αφηγείται στη θετή του κόρη Ντανιέλα λίγο πριν αυτή κοιμηθεί πρωτότυπες ιστορίες με δέντρα Όμως το αποψινό βράδυ δεν είναι σαν. ‘ Life is a huge album for creating an instantaneous past with loud and definite colors’Our lives are full of faces that come and go some disappearing forever from our private stage while others sometimes check back in and out over time Each of these faces leaves a mark on us through our collisions of selves sometimes leaving unconscious marks that can be good or bad and some leaving scars that we carry forever Alejandro Zambra’s breathtaking novella The Private Lives of Trees examines these faces that come and go and pays particular attention to the importance of a father and mother as well as the role a stepfather must fill in a young girl’s life Zambra delivers a succinct message that despite the mere 98pgs of sparse prose manages to fill the readers heart to the point of overflowing The Private Lives of Trees is a brief minor chord that resonates deep into the soul examining the individual notes of a life as well as the individual lives that resonate together to deliver the chord’s full impactFatherhood is a difficult yet rewarding role It is both ‘ a problem and a privilege’ where the performance will leave residue upon the lives of those in the fathers care Julián a young professor of literature is a recent addition to the lives of Verónica and her 8 year old daughter Daniela Through one long night where Verónica has not returned from her art class Julián examines the fragments of his life leading him to this night as well as speculates on what the future may hold Through these fragments we see an average young male still struggling to form his own identity There are flashes where the reader can feel Julián as an actual person however he is mostly comprised of reactions to others instead of being his own driving force in the world Each night he tells Daniela an ongoing story about trees while working on his own novel and he must inevitably uestion himself if being just a literary image is enough of a presence in the girl’s life ‘ He wanted—wants—to be a writer but being a writer is not exactly being someone’ If Verónica never returns is he fit to remain in the daughters life Is his slim novella enough to leave a lasting impression on her if she ever reads it as an adult Throughout the novella are references to people or things being not as they seem There is the mother who ‘ sang songs that were not hers to singshe sang songs of the left as if they were songs of the right’ politicians who are ‘ of the right who seemed like the presidential candidate of the left’ and Julián who must be a father even if he is only a man now married to Daniela’s mother She is not his daughter to raise like the sad songs of poverty and loss his mother sang as if they were joyful tunes but he must make the best of it After the loss of his former girlfriend he let his bonsai plant shrivel up and nearly die in his grief but to be a good father he must nourish and care for the daughter that is not his regardless of what happens to them Otherwise he will become just a blot on her life like her biological father Almost everyone her age had stepfathers or stepmothers although they didn’t call them those derogatory names perhaps because over the years they had accumulated numerous stepfathers and stepmothers—a long string of people whom they began to love but very uickly forgot since they often disappeared never to be seen again or they only reappeared years later by chance in the line of the supermarketShe had only one stepfather for which she thinks now she ought to feel fortunate The novella is drenched in this melancholy of lives drifting in and out of focus from one another making one feel very alone in the world and that our ties with others are much less secure than we thought Relationships come and go mothers can reappear after having been absent all your life and then need your support marriages dissolve with the children being the only evidence of the union aside from a few dusty wedding day videotapes; it is the children the young innocent people who carry the greatest scars that will fit unconsciously into their adult lives and relationships Julián stands as the figure that can either wither away or form an identity as a father secure and strong to care and raise Daniela if her mother never returns and his actions can have a heavy cost depending on which way he sways What becomes most important are not the fragments of his life the fragments of his marriage to Verónica or even the future possibilities of Daniela’s life and her own share of fragmented memories but the way all these fragments from each person come together to form one orchestration of a family Each character taken individually is not enough to hold the focus of the novella as a protagonist; the protagonist is the family specifically the fatherdaughter relationship that is fighting to survive in a world where it is and common for these bonds to be neglected or discarded It would be better to close the book close the books and to face all at once not life which is very big but the fragile armor of the present For now the story goes on and Verónica hasn’t arrived; it’s best to keep that in view repeat it a thousand and one times when she comes home the novel ends—the book continues until she comes home or until Julián is sure that she is not coming home again There is an exciting metafictional feature to Zambra’s writing It is a novella of a man writing a short novella which may or may not be Zambra’s earlier novella and he carefully brushes up to the reader with a reminded that these are characters in his own story It allows him to freely speculate on future events clearing the table of Julián and focus on Daniela without seeming to create a great chasm in the narrative Julián reassures himself that he is not in a novel a place where a missing person is sure to portend tragedy allowing Zambra to discuss his own literary techniues while making an ironic joke since the reader is aware of Julián as a character His subtle metafiction takes us into the realm where the lines between author the author as narrator and Julián become a hazy amalgamation while simultaneously being completely separate entities—we enter a place where true literary magic happens The novella than takes on its own effect similar to Julián’s bedtime tales to Daniela with Zambra himself singing us a sweet lullaby of prose ‘ You’re never happy with what you are It would be strange to be completely happy' Julián tells Daniela We all feel sadness and a desire to be that what we are but what really matters is actually being who we are This is an overwhelmingly empathetic story about aiming to have ‘ survived mediocrity’ be it through our jobs our literature our relationships or any other way we push on despite any opposition Though we may not achieve anything monumental we always look for ‘ A stable image to grasp hold of’ and young children are looking to their parents for this but where do they turn if the family is unstable When we look back on our lives we typically focus on those who were never there or those who were blots on our existence as they are the scars we are easily able to examine This novella is a plea to not be those blots on the people who need our care a blot that is either erased and driven from our lives or haunts our every step Zambra has created something extraordinary here filling us with his minor chord but offering a fleeting note of hope before the last page falls Like Julián we must stop being self absorbed stuck on how the world affects us and look to how we affect others We are all beautiful like individual trees; each of us have our own private lives with roots that stretch back into the past and branches that reach out into the future However it is the way we must all come to live together as a forest of a family or of humanity that is truly beautiful and astonishing55 He repeats Emily Dickenson’s verses involuntarily as if finding himself with his own voice “Our share of night to bearour share of morning”Thank you to Mike read his inspiring review here for inspiring me to read this and putting it right into my hands