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The Stories of Eva Luna (original 1989; edition 2001)

by Isabel Allende

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Title:The Stories of Eva Luna
Authors:Isabel Allende
Info:Scribner (2001), Paperback, 352 pages
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This book is in my top ten list for all time favorites. ( )
  ehys0212 | Oct 7, 2013 |
Is this the "50 Shades of Grey" of the early '90s? Great scene setting in a romantic South America in everyone of these short stories. Halfway through, I started to find the themes repetitive and a bit disturbing: beautiful women are invariably coupled with much older, more powerful men, and true love and passion blossom after a first violent intercourse, ie rape. Maybe female readers will have an other opinion; it felt a lot like this collection of short stories was intended for them. ( )
  fist | Jul 12, 2013 |
Ventitré racconti, storie di passione e violenza . Questo libro mi e’ piaciuto per la sua capacità di tratteggiare situazioni e personaggi a tinte e forti . In certi casi sembra una continuazione ideale di Eva Luna, anche se si tratta di racconti. L’ ho riletto un paio di volte e mi e’ sempre piaciuto ( )
  mara4m | Jun 8, 2011 |
These richly entertaining stories have many passionate full-blooded heroines and lots of interesting twists. If you like short stories where nothing much happens overtly and the action is subtle, perhaps even barely perceptible, these are not the stories for you. So many of the stories are the literary equivalents of full body slams that it would be difficult to read them in quick succession. You at least have to stop and catch your breath before moving on the the next one. ( )
  bkinetic | Feb 7, 2011 |
This is only the second collection of short stories that I've ever read in order, cover to cover, if that tells you anything. ( )
  donp | Nov 17, 2008 |
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The King ordered the Grand Vizier to bring him a virgin every night, and when the night was over, he ordered her to be killed. And thus it had happened for three years, and in all the city there was no damsel left to withstand the assaults of this rider. But the vizier had a daughter of great beauty, named Scheherazade ... and she was very eloquent, and pleased all who heard her.

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You untied your sash, kicked off your sandals, tossed your full skirt into the corner - it was cotton, if I remember - and loosened the clasp that held your hair in a ponytail.
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La muerte no existe, hija. La gente sólo muere cuando la olvidan
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743217187, Paperback)

Isabel Allende is one of the world's most beloved authors. In 1988, she introduced the world to Eva Luna in a novel of the same name that recounted the adventurous life of a young Latin American woman whose powers as a storyteller bring her friendship and love. Retruning to this tale, Allende presents The Stories of Eva Luna, a treasure trove of brilliantly crafted stories.

Lying in bed with her European lover, refugee and journalist Rolf Carle, Eva answers hes request for a story "you have never told anyone before" with these twenty-three samples of her vibrant artistry. Interweaving the real and the magical, she explores love, vengeance, compassion, and the strenghts of women, creating a world that is at once poingnantly familiar and intriguingly new.

Rendered in the sumptuously imagined, uniquely magical style of one of the world's most stunning writers, The Stories of Eva Luna is the conerstone of Allende's work. It is not to be missed by anyone -- whether a devotee of Ms. Allende's oeuvre or a new acquaintance to her work.

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