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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Deze manier van vertellen zorgde ervoor dat ik me niet goed kon inleven in de personages. She had come into a world that existed on the fringes of the political influence exerted by the particular group of Nahuas known today as the Aztecs they called themselves “mexicas”. Once again be the newcomer, an outsider, the one who did not belong.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mexico portal Biography portal. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Today’s historians give great credit to Marina’s diplomatic skills, with some “almost tempted to think of her as the real conqueror of Mexico.

I doubt most gringos will relate to the story due to the heavy emphasis placed on inner monologues that rely on a good dose of esoteric philosophy, a pantheistic world view and repetitive references to indigenous history. I squealed with delight when my Mexican boyfriend read the names out loud to me.

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 complex reality. I sometimes had to retrace my steps in the book to figure out what was happening with the narrative.

Malinfhe interventions into the figure of Malinche began in s. Despite its lyricism, this odd marriage of spirituality and psychology will be a slog for all but the most devoted New Agers. I would have understood it if she was just a slave-woman ls practical in a situation over which she had no control, but I felt like I was being asked to believe she was to some extent in love with a cruel and abusive little man with a Napoleon complex who was responsible for the slaughter of her people.

Aug 13, Neenah rated it really liked it. But large jumps in time happen in many narrative ballads, so when I think of it that way it makes more sense to me.


However, on the other side of things, it felt very fragmented and incomplete. Goodreads helps you keep track of esqquivel you want to read.

The main character’s relationship with nature, elements and her gods was very beautiful. See 1 question about Malinche….

Cultural Roots and Clinical Interventions1. El personaje de Malinalli fuerte, bella, inteligente, religiosa, emocional, buena cocinera, fiel a su pueblo Mocteuma, Cortes, and the Fall of the Aztec Empire”.

Fuentes, Patricia de, editor and translator.

As she learned from the Spanish, their g-d sacrificed himself for his people rather than having people sacrificed. During an on-line Salon interview with Joan Smith, she said, “As a teacher I realize that what one learns in school doesn’t serve for very much at all, that the only thing one can really learn is self understanding and this is something that can’t be taught. And yet, her Malinalli is a real woman, with conflicting desires; a woman who malunche or hates, feels pain and joy, and does her best to survive with her dignity and integrity intact.

As events inevitable progress, Malinalli starts to feel regret for her part in the destruction of the Aztec Empire.

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 llaura merits. Voice of the Vanquished: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions. It shifts essuivel 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.

Malinalli was brought up by her paternal grandmother after her father laurx offered as a human sacrifice to the Aztec g-ds.

La Malinche

Aug 05, Alain rated it did not like it. 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. Voor wie een veel leukere manier zoekt om in contact te komen met de oude Aztekencultuur, raad ik de Dreamworksfilm El Dorado aan. Retrieved from ” https: Want to Read saving….


So, there are plenty of things to mapinche in this book. Ma,inche when Malinalli reflects on her life and her beliefs and her fears, there was nothing subtle to ponder over.

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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.

Notify me of new comments via email. I only half feel like I know her or understand her motivations. I found this book to be a carefully crafted novel attempting to balance extremes: I laurs a feeling it would be a very profound and powerful experience.

The line between rape and consentual sex was very thin. A Nahuatl mispronunciation of Marina as Malin plus the reverential “-tzin” suffix, formed malinchd compounded title of Malintzin, which the natives used for both Marina and Cortes, because he spoke through her. Esquivel’s lusty tale did not perpetuate this myth for me, but does check off a mythology square on my bingo card. The greatest insight I brought away from ‘Malinche’ was a decoupling of malincbe original Quetzalcoatl belief system from the subsequent belief system whose name I do not know based upon human sacrifice.

I also enjoy now a deeper understanding of the native American spiritual belief system and the unfortunate linkages it mslinche with the Spanish conquest-Christianity belief system, which paralyzed the Aztecs and made their destruction a cakewalk for Cortez and his ilk. She felt humiliated, sad, alone, and she could not figure how to let the frustration from her being, how to cast her grief to the wind, how to change her decision to be present in this world.

Some see her as a founding figure of the Mexican nation. They respected and trusted her and portrayed lauea in this light generations after the Spanish conquest.


This is a decidedly Mexican novel. I had always been taught they were one and the same, and believe otherwise now. Listened to the audiobook. Malinche is written in what I see as a folk tale style.