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Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Eva Luna (original 1987; edition 1989)

by Isabel Allende

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Title:Eva Luna
Authors:Isabel Allende
Info:Bantam (1989), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:Short Stories, Latin/Hispanic, USA

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Eva Luna by Isabel Allende (1987)


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Such a talented writer, able to take the reader far far away. Although I don't remember the story line, I do remember this book being a wonderful fantasy read full of mystery and illusion, same as House of the Spirits. I'm pretty sure I read it because I liked House of the Spirits so much. I read these two books many years ago, might be that I read the other one because of liking THIS one so much. They both stick out in my mind as being wonderful stories. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
What wonderful invention and marvellous writing. Simply delightful to read.
Read Samoa Aug 2003 ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 28, 2015 |
I tend to read books that are mainly realistic fiction, but this book just had a bit too much magical realism for me. Not to mention that I also dislike Hispanic literature. I'm not saying this is a poor book in the slightest; Allende's writing style is vivid and flowing. It just wasn't the book for me. ( )
  juliamarinaro | Aug 19, 2014 |
Eva Luna tells stories which enchant people. This is the story of her improbable life beginning as the product of a red-haired housekeeper named Consuelo and an Indian dieing of a snakebite.

As we follow our narrator through her life, we meet colorful characters who provide fodder for Eva's stories, which eventually become scripts for telenovellas. There's Huberto Naranjo, street urchin grown to lead the revolution. Mimi, deeply unhappy man teaching Italian who becomes a beautiful and admired woman in all but genitalia. And so many more equally colorful, deeply human characters.

Isabel Allende was my entree into the world of magical-realism, a genre I have come to adore. And while Eva Luna is not as magical as The House of the Spirits, it still weaves a spell of improbabilities accepted as normal. ( )
1 vote AuntieClio | Jun 8, 2014 |
The plot of this book was so slow to come about. I was really disappointed in how slow the purpose of the book moved, but really enjoyed the poetic narration. This book was vivid and very inciting to the senses, but lacked in substantial plot until the very end. I was a love story and a political piece, but neither were apparent at all until the last 80 pages or so. In our book club, we talked about how each character didn't really have much depth. The character was what their personality flaws made them out to be, and nothing more. The Turk was a nice man who was constantly making up for his harelip by being overly generous and self-pardoning. The only character that seemed to be able to have any real personality despite their characteristic flaw was Mimi. The strings of the bits of life that Eva gathered through the first 150 pages of the book finally wove together for the finale, but a lot of the back story could have been shortened to heighten the depth and drama of the really center of the book. This being said I did really enjoy the book as beautiful words strung together in a very memoir-esque novel. I'd give it 2.5 stars. It picked up a lot very late in the book and I became very interested in Eva as a person, eager to see how these chance meetings and various characters would shape her life. Not what I was expecting, but still an interesting book. ( )
  therealkat | Jan 29, 2013 |
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Then he said to Scheherazade: 'Sister, for the sake of Allah, tell us a story that will help pass the night ...'

     --A Thousand and One Tales of the Arabian Nights
who gave me a lot of stories
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My name is Eva, which means 'life', according to a book of names my mother consulted.
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La muerte no existe, la gente sólo muere cuando la olvidan; si puedes recordarme, siempre estaré contigo
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An exotic dance that beguiles and entices... The enchanted and enchanting account of a  contemporary Scheherazade, a wide-eyed American  teller-of-tales who triumphs over harsh reality  through the creative power of her own imagination...

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Born in the back room of the mansion where her mother toils, and herself in service from an early age, the enchanting and ever-enchanted Eva Luna escapes oppression through story telling. Rolf Carle flees Germany for South America, and ultimately works as a documentary film maker, to escape childhood memories of burying the concentration camp dead.… (more)

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