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La Malinche Reviews
Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes brought the Aztec empire to its news during the 1500s, but he didn't do it alone. This picture book biography tells the story of Malinal, a Nahuatl princess who helped him in many ways. She was no friend to the Aztecs as they had enslaved many of her people, and since she knew two languages plus Spanish, she was able to serve as his translator while guiding him through the cultural intricacies of the new world in which he found himself. Her story is complicated, w [...]
This is not that exciting a book. A large part of the problem is not the author's or illustrator's fault: there really is not a huge amount known about the lady. She is a controversial person, as the author makes clear. Was she a traitor to her people or was she the mother of the Mestizos? Certainly she worked against Moctezuma but she was a girl who had been sold into slavery by her own mother (!) and her people were conquered vassals of Moctezuma's tribe, the Aztecs. So she had no reason to lo [...]
I honestly don't know why I thought I would like this book, or why I decided to start reading it to Moira before I read it myself, but it we did not finish it. It did enable us to have a talk about how the people who win fights are the ones who get to write the stories after all, and how things you read are rarely the whole truth. I do NOT recommend this book, although I'm interested to know if there are books about Malinche that are a little less Cortez praising.
Authors and illutrators are both from Mexico City. New story Perhaps this book can be read aloud by dividing each episode instead of reading it as a regular picture book. great illustration that has historical and legendary vibe
A fascinating, handsomely illustrated portrait of an understandably controversial figure.
Very interesting biography on someone I knew very little about. The back matter makes it appear to be very well researched. However, there is one disturbing illustration of a man being hanged.
This is a really interesting look at the role that Malinche played in the overthrow of the Aztez empire. It's a really smooth, easy read. Doesn't go into details about the actual fighting involved.