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Malinche [compact disc]
Esquivel, Laura
Adult Fiction ESQUIVE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In 1989, the Mexican-born Esquivel gained worldwide recognition with the publication of her wonderfully evocative first novel, Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), which also became a major motion picture. She has since become one of the most cherished and respected authors in Latin America. In this, her fifth novel, Esquivel tells the legend of Malinalli (also known as Malinche), a Mexica woman who, after being sold into slavery by her own mother, learns Spanish and eventually becomes Hernán Cortés's translator during his conquest of Mexico. Although the unmistakable lyricism of Esquivel's prose powerfully roots the story of Malinche in the ancient mythologies and traditions of the Mexica and Aztec cultures, the novel could have perhaps benefited from a stronger narrative thread. In this excellent production, acclaimed actress Lucía Méndez lends the deep inflexions of her voice to this mesmerizing story, brilliantly giving each character a distinct accent and intonation. The narration is accompanied by background music and sounds that, while distracting at times, ultimately enhance Mendez's sensible rendition of Esquivel's melodious prose.Andrea Montejo, Boston, MA (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Malinche (1505-29) is infamous in Mexican history and folklore as a traitor to her people, having sacrificed her Indian heritage to become interpreter-and later, mistress-to the conquistador Hernando Cortes. Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate) puts her own twist on the story with her imagined life of a young woman sold into slavery by her own mother and subsequently caught between the worlds of Montezuma and the Spanish conquerors. While the descriptions of Malinche's beliefs in the roles of the ancient gods and her observations on Christianity are fascinating and well written, the novel is too short to encompass the story Esquivel wants to tell us, which makes the narrative at times problematic. Raped by Cortes, Malinche comes to love him so suddenly that there is almost no transition for the reader; later, and just as quickly, she becomes enamored of another man who rapes her. Malinche, a.k.a. Malinalli and Marina, is a remarkable character who deserves more detailed treatment. Recommended with reservations for public libraries. [Malinche appeared earlier this year in Spanish.-Ed.]-Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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