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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Want to Read saving…. Pasztor; Robert Buffington It is argued, however, that without her help, Cortes would not have been successful in conquering the Aztecs as quickly, giving the Aztec people enough time to adapt to new technology and methods of warfare. Malinche, as she is more commonly known, has been a controversial figure in history. The Labyrinth of Ssquivel.
Maria Conchita Alonso deserves five stars for her performance of the audiobook. Notify me of new mainche via email. Some historians believe that La Malinche saved her people from the Aztecs, who held a hegemony throughout the territory and demanded tribute makinche its inhabitants. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Wikimedia Commons has media related to La Malinche. 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 wsquivel judged on her own merits.
To view it, click here. I have heard the term Malinche used to describe a backstabber or a treacherous woman. She was an abandoned child raised by her grandmother and given to Hernan Cortez as a slave.
Simon and Schuster,page Because Esquivel is ,alinche interested in fleshing out the plot than in delineating the belief system of the pre-Aztec civilization, everything that happens to Malinalli is swathed in imagery and deep spiritual significance. 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.
Malinalli was brought up by her paternal grandmother after her father was offered as a human sacrifice to the Aztec g-ds. Finally, Malinalli breaks with him when he requires her to abandon their son in the same way her mother abandoned her. The line between rape and consentual sex was very thin. If I had to create a timeline for this book, it laur look like a stretched out spiral. She could not possibly have known the consequences, and she realized her mistake far too late.
Leave a Reply Cancel esquive Enter your comment here The lust and love triangles worked in a modern setting, yet seemed out of place in a mythological folk tale.
I suppose parts of this book would appear profound, but to me it was all surface glitter. Dec 02, Book Concierge rated it really liked it Shelves: The presence of religion and spiritualism in the story is also interesting and vital to making the story work.
A Nahuatl mispronunciation of Marina as Malin plus the reverential “-tzin” suffix, formed the compounded title of Malintzin, which the natives used for both Marina and Cortes, because he spoke through her.
Malinche by Laura Esquivel
This was terrible and the worst part is that it is based on historical events that are absolutely captivating. As a woman in history, Malinalli was courageous to help the Spaniards yet also brought about the downfall of her people. More than anything else, she strikes me as a person who has risen far above their pay grade. As I try to avoid books with an excess of erotica, it was difficult for me to read about the Mexican myth of Quetzalcoatl while having to read through intimate scenes.
This book is depressingly awful.
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The Xicalango gave the child to the Tabascans. There was a problem adding your email address. Views Read Edit View history. This did little to further what I already knew about Aztec culture. After bearing witness to his thirst for power and the brutal slaughter of thousands of people, Malinalli is left trying to reconcile her love for this man and her horror at his actions, as well as the role she has played in helping him.
The evidence from indigenous sources is even more interesting, both in the commentaries about her role, and in her prominence in the codex drawings made of conquest events.
It isn’t clear how Malintzin was treated or how she felt about her captors at the time.
Malinche, by Laura Esquivel
During March I have only read women authors. I read and enjoyed Like Water for Chocolateespecially the supernatural elements. So, there are plenty of things to admire in this book. Malinche concludes my month.
On one hand, it had the lovely light touch of magical realism, an intriguing interpretation of feminism, and the esquive, of one of the most savage conquests in history as a dramatic backdrop. I had always been taught they were one and the same, and believe otherwise now. Gender Differences and Identity in Early Mexico.