The Private Lives of Trees (2020)

The Private Lives of Trees Alejandro Zambra Megan McDowell The Private Lives of Trees The Private Lives of Trees tells the story of a single night a young professor of literature named Juli n is reading to his step daughter Daniela and nervously waiting for his wife Ver nica to return
  • Title: The Private Lives of Trees
  • Author: Alejandro Zambra Megan McDowell
  • ISBN: 9781934824245
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
The Private Lives of Trees Alejandro Zambra Megan McDowell The Private Lives of Trees tells the story of a single night a young professor of literature named Juli n is reading to his step daughter Daniela and nervously waiting for his wife Ver nica to return from her art class Each night, Juli n has been improvising a story about trees to tell Daniela before she goes to sleep, and each Sunday he works on a novel about a man tendThe Private Lives of Trees tells the story of a single night a young professor of literature named Juli n is reading to his step daughter Daniela and nervously waiting for his wife Ver nica to return from her art class Each night, Juli n has been improvising a story about trees to tell Daniela before she goes to sleep, and each Sunday he works on a novel about a man tending to his bonsai, but something about this night is different As Juli n becomes increasing concerned that Ver nica won t return, he reflects on their life together in minute detail, and imagines what Daniela at twenty, at twenty five, at thirty years old, without a mother will think of his novel Perhaps even daring and dizzying than Zambra s magical Bonsai, The Private Lives of Trees demands to be read in a single sitting, and it casts a spell that will bring you back to it again and again.
The Private Lives of Trees Alejandro Zambra Megan McDowell

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  1. s.p

    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 [...]

  2. Kris

    This is a gem of a short novel It opens as a professor and writer, Juli n, is telling his stepdaughter Daniela a bedtime story while waiting for his wife Ver nica to return from an art class The bedtime story is a sweet, humorous and quirky story about two trees who are friends As you read on, you learn that Ver nica is later than usual, and as time passes, Juli n grows progressively anxious.In 98 pages, Zambra uses this simple premise to move into a story which is much than this framework I a [...]

  3. Brian

    When I travel taking photographs of trees is one of my favorite things to do Colorado 2006Life is a huge album for creating an instantaneous past, with loud and definite colors.A single tree, a private tree, is a visual anomaly Without others, they can lookLonely Maasai Mara 2010Bashful Athens 2009or even, like they might eat youKilkenny 2008In San Francisco, we even point out a tree in its state of alone nessAlejandro Zambra s beautiful novella reminds the reader how very much like trees we hum [...]

  4. Mike Puma

    A very brief review of a truly wonderful book.Sometimes, with experimental fiction, I m left puzzling over whether my reaction to the book constitutes an experimental success or failure whether my feelings about a title are adequate to the author s intent I know, I know whether I ve lived up With TPLoT, I think I have lived up, or rather, the author compelled me to that place where I can live up The constant, though often subtle, reminders that I m reading a novel work A character s importance s [...]

  5. Oriana

    Hey guess what I am becoming a writer for the amazing art culture blog and micropress CCLaP And I vamped up this very review for my first contribution When I found a proof of this little slip of a book, I assumed it was some kind of sampler, or a teaser maybe But no it truly is a complete novel la , weighing in at 95 pages And let me just say right away that this is just another way in which the phenomenal Open Letter Press is challenging American readers who says a novel has to be a certain len [...]

  6. karen

    what is even better than this book oriana s review of this book.her 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 avertednce i already own it and it is an open letter publication, and i have re [...]

  7. Lynne King

    I read this somewhat surprising novella when I was on a plane the other week, way above the clouds and my mind was full of celestial thoughts as a result of that.It s interesting how such a simple story of ninety eight pages, covering an evening with an individual, can sustain one s interest from the beginning until the end, and all in one sitting.Here we have Juli n, a somewhat hesitant person, a professor of literature and an author on Sundays why not Saturday , telling a bedtime story to his [...]

  8. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Juli n is waiting for his wife to come home, and she is late As he waits, he has to care for his step daughter He tells her a few stories of his series about the private lives of trees that have known each other for a long time, while reflecting on his past, his relationships, art, and imagined futures for himself and for his stepdaughter Daniela It is super short, and I understood that the author intended it to be read in one sitting, so I obliged It is a bit fragmented and about memory and re [...]

  9. Fionnuala

    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 quickly and then the review is up and away.I 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 d [...]

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  11. Laila

    K sac k bir kitap, k sac k ama karakterlerin yasam alan na misafir oldu unuzu hissettiren cinsten, yle ki Daniela y kendi kurdu u a a l masallarla uyutan baban n ya am n n hikayeci i Olaylar aras nda bo luklar var, ben bunu kendi hayal g c mle doldurmay tercih ettim Ve Bonzai olan sat rlar ok sevdim

  12. Marc Kozak

    I sometimes think about a girlfriend I had in college, and think it s strange that the most memorable thing about our year together was that I don t remember the relationship any By all accounts, it was a good relationship there was no drama, we had fun together, I may have even been in love with her at the time But here I am, not even ten years later, and I can t quite piece together what she looks like in my mind I can t recall what we talked about, where we liked to go, the kinds of things we [...]

  13. Jonfaith

    50 Thoughts on The Private Lives of Trees.This will correspond or not with the experience of reading this stirring novel on a cool, sunny day in late Summer.1 The novel likely takes place in our Chile.2 I have never been to Chile Or South America.3 Miami is the farthest south I have ever ventured The farthest East is Beograd, Serbia North Uppsala, Sweden West San Francisco.4 While in Miami my wife and i saw her friend from Chile.5 He s a travel minister for a coast city.6 While Chile is famous f [...]

  14. Arzu

    zambra n n en ok, yak n bi arkada ile konu urmu gibi yazmas n sevdim san r m eve d nmenin yollar kadar olmasa da, bu kitap da k sa ve arp c.raz nefes almak, sakin sakin anlatan bi arkada la vakit ge irmek isterseniz akl n zda olsun

  15. Uyuyan Adam / Engin Türkgeldi

    Zambra n n o kendine has anlat m tarz n seviyorum Hikayenin d na k p zamanda ileri geri gitmesini ve bunu okurla konu ur gibi yapmas n da Bu, o u postmodern eserde oldu u gibi okuru yabanc la t rmaktan veya hikaye ile aras na mesafe koymaktan ok, okuru anlat ya ba layan bir unsur olarak var Zambra da ok basit bir olay bir adam n, e inin evine gelmesini beklerken vey k z yla ilgilenmesi , Zambra n n sade anlat m ve zg n tarz yla keyifli bir okuma deneyimine d n yor.

  16. Gloria

    Take a quirky, somewhat self absorbed, lovable character from a Steve Martin novel row in the emotional frailty of Paolo Giordano wrap it up in the poetry of Italo Calvino d you have this wonderful, thought provoking little novella which compels you to read it in one sitting.

  17. Victoria Mars

    Disfrut mucho m s Bons i que este libro Aunque con dos termin con la sensaci n de haber le do literatura japonesa Debe ser por ese dejo de misterio y nostalgia con ambientes minimalistas que abunda en las obras que he le do de Zambra.

  18. Maria Roxana

    iube ti pentru a nceta s iube ti i ncetezi s iube ti pentru a ncepe s iube ti pe altcineva sau pentru a fi singur o vreme ori mereu Asta e regula Singura regul.

  19. Engin Türkgeldi

    Zambra n n o kendine has anlat m tarz n seviyorum Hikayenin d na k p zamanda ileri geri gitmesini ve bunu okurla konu ur gibi yapmas n da Bu, o u postmodern eserde oldu u gibi okuru yabanc la t rmaktan veya hikaye ile aras na mesafe koymaktan ok, okuru anlat ya ba layan bir unsur olarak var Zambra da ok basit bir olay bir adam n, e inin evine gelmesini beklerken vey k z yla ilgilenmesi , Zambra n n sade anlat m ve zg n tarz yla keyifli bir okuma deneyimine d n yor.

  20. JK

    Reading this while in state of melancholy induced by a feeling of complete disconnect from anyone and everyone around me perhaps wasn t the best idea.I can understand the book and what Zambra was saying here, but I just couldn t feel it This was the wrong time to read this, but fortunately books can be read than once This book will live with me and one day I will feel it.

  21. Ebru Çökmez

    A a lar n topra a tutunup sabit kalmas gibi zamanda bir yer se ip tutunsak, k m ldamasak hi sonra o andan seyretsek ge mi imizi, gelece imizi hayat m zdan gelip ge enleri ve hayat ndan ge ti imiz, ge ece imiz ki ileri Kar s n n eve d nmedi i gece Julian i in zaman izgisinde yle bir yer Beklerken bir yandan da hat rl yor, d n yor ve kurguluyor K kken aresizce maruz kald , sonra kendini maruz etti i ve imdi hayat nda bir leke olarak kalan ili kileri hat rl yor Ayn a a lar n g vdesine kan rt lan iz [...]

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