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Malinche

Narrated by: Maria Conchita Alonso
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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When Malinalli, a member of the tribe conquered by the Aztec warriors, first meets Cortes, she, like many, believes that he is the reincarnated forefather god of her tribe. Naturally, she assumes that her task is to help Cortes destroy the Aztec empire and free her people. The two fall passionately in love, but Malinalli gradually comes to realize that Cortes' thirst for conquest is all too human. He is willing to destroy anyone, even his own men, even their own love.

Throughout Mexican history, Malinalli has been reviled for her betrayal of the Indian people. However, recent historical research has shown that her role was much more complex; she was the mediator between two cultures, Hispanic and Native American, and two languages, Spanish and Nahuatl.

Bursting with lyricism and vivid imagery, Malinche finally unveils the truth behind this legendary love affair.

©2006 Laura Esquivel (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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"Esquivel details richly imagined complications for a woman trapped between the ancient Mexicas civilization and the Spaniards." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Wendy
  • 20-06-17

Transporting

Maria Conchita Alonso is the perfect choice for the voice of Malinche.
The story has a beautiful pace to it. A halting cadence that makes you lean in to it.

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  • Leydy
  • 10-06-20

Beautiful Book

Beautiful story about the other side of history and the hardships that Native Americans went through.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-20

Very poetic

I love how the main character Malanani speaks so poetically describing her gods, nature, and culture. I love this author and she one of my favorites. If you read like water for chocolate, you will not be disappointed in this book.

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  • David
  • 27-04-19

Interesting but Something Lost in Translation

Esquicel delivers a powerful and human portrait of a highly mythologized figure. She also delivers some truly interesting insights into the motivation of such a character. That said there were times when the style of the story fell flat. Also some of the dialogue between the characters felt...very stilted. Perhaps something was lost in the translation