by Esquivel, Laura, 1950-

Format: Book on CD 2006
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Avalon Public Library Audio Visual CD BOOK ESQ
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The best-selling author of Like Water for Chocolate0 (1992) here turns to Mexico's legendary historical figure of Malinche, Hernan Cortes' Indian interpreter and mistress, for another of her cultural explorations of Mexico's past. In Esquivel's reinterpretation of the story, the woman long regarded as a traitor is cast in a much more sympathetic light and is called Malinalli. Raised by her protective grandmother and given a deep appreciation for her people's customs, language, and religion, Malinalli eagerly awaits the arrival of Cortes, believing that he is the reincarnation of her tribe's benevolent and beloved god Quetzalcoatl and that he will put an end to the barbaric practice of human sacrifice practiced by their ruler, Montezuma. A gifted linguist, Malinalli soon picks up Spanish and becomes an invaluable interpreter, translating between Spanish and Nahuatl; she remains convinced that Cortes' interest and hers are one and the same: the liberation of her people. The two become lovers, but Malinalli grows disenchanted upon realizing that the wily Cortes is obsessed with gold and just as bloodthirsty as Montezuma. This novel is not as accessible as Esquivel's earlier work, and the quality of the prose is uneven, sometimes lyrical and sometimes stilted. Still, Esquivel's many fervent fans will be interested in her latest. --Joanne Wilkinson Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Through the eyes of the historical native woman of the novel's title, Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate) reveals the defeat and destruction of Montezuma's 16th-century Mexicas empire at the hands of Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes. Malinche, also called Malinalli, was sold into slavery as a child and later became "The Tongue," Cortes's interpreter and lover-remembered by history as a traitor for her contribution to the brutal Spanish triumph. In her lyrical but flawed fifth novel, Esquivel details richly imagined complications for a woman trapped between the ancient Mexicas civilization and the Spaniards. Esquivel revels in descriptions of the role of ancient gods in native life and Malinalli's theological musings on the similarities between her belief system and Christianity. But what the book offers in anthropological specificity, it lacks in narrative immediacy, even while Esquivel also imagines Cortes's point of view. The author also packs the arc of Malinalli's life into a relatively short novel: she bears Cortes an illegitimate son, marries another Spaniard and has a daughter before her sad demise. The resulting disjointed storytelling gives short shrift to this complex heroine, a woman whose role in Mexican history is controversial to this day. 13-city author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Marina, -- approximately 1505-approximately 1530 -- Fiction.
Cortés, Hernán, -- 1485-1547 -- Fiction.
Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Audio,2006
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Malinche.
Contributors Alonso, Maria Conchita.
Simon & Schuster Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Maria Conchita Alonso.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (6 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0743555139
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