Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra 

★★★★☆ (4/5)

  • and so she no longer turned older because she began to be dead.
  • The relationship between Emilia and Julio was riddled with truths, with intimate revelations that rapidly established a complicity that they wanted to understand as definitive
  • life only had purpose if you found someone who changed it
  • it’s one of those books that still seems pending after reading it, said Emilia. It’s one of those books that we will reread forever, said Julio.
  • Gazmuri: Then you don’t know what I’m talking about, you don’t know the drive. There’s a drive when you write on paper, a sound to the pencil. A strange equilibrium between elbow, hand, and pencil.
  • Being young is a disadvantage, not a virtue. You should know that. When I was young I felt at a disadvantage, and now as well. Being old is also a disadvantage. Because the old are weak and we not only need the flattery of the young, we need, deep down, their blood. An old man needs a lot of blood, whether he writes novels or not. And you have a lot of blood. Perhaps the only thing you’ve got to spare, now

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