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Daughter of Fortune: A Novel (P.S.) (1999)

by Isabel Allende

Other authors: Jerry Bauer (Photographer), Anita Karl (Cartographer), Jim Kemp (Cartographer), Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)

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A Chilean woman searches for her lover in the goldfields of 1840s California. Arriving as a stowaway, Eliza finances her search with various jobs, including playing the piano in a brothel.
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Ja, sie ist eine Tochter des Glücks, Eliza -- chilenisches Findelkind -- das eines guten Tages einfach auf den Stufen des Hauses der englischen Familie Sommers liegt. Isabel Allende führt uns in ihrem neuesten Roman Fortunas Tochter, in das Valparaíso Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit großer Erzählkraft schildert sie die Geschichte einer Frau, die zwischen zwei Welten und zwei Kulturen aufwächst, ihre erste Liebe und die abenteuerliche Suche nach dem Geliebten. Allende führt den Leser in eindrucksvolle Welten mit merkwürdigen Gestalten und ebensolchen Gepflogenheiten. So wird das Baby Eliza, als es völlig entkräftet ins Haus der Sommers gelangt, von der forschen Haushälterin beherzt aufgepäppelt. Mama Fresia legt das kränkelnde Kind einfach unter das pralle Euter einer Ziege. Zum Entsetzen von Miss Rose Sommers. Doch wird die kapriziöse Adoptivmutter vom Erfolg der Methode überzeugt. Eliza gedeiht prächtig und wächst, von den Dienstboten in hausfraulichen Tätigkeiten, von erstklassigen Lehrern in standesgemäßeren Beschäftigungen wie Klavierspielen und Ballettanzen unterrichtet, zu einer attraktiven Frau heran. Sie verliebt sich in Joaquín. Doch den zieht es, vom Goldfieber gepackt, nach Kalifornien. Als Eliza merkt, daß ihre Beziehung nicht ohne Folgen geblieben ist, gibt es für sie nur eins: Heimlich und in Männerkleidung macht sie sich auf die Suche nach ihm. Hals über Kopf tauscht sie das behütete Leben gegen eines voller Unsicherheiten und Gefahren ein, um am Schluß ihrer Odyssee zwar nicht bei ihrem Geliebten, aber bei sich selbst anzukommen. Elizas Reise, so Isabel Allende, stellt das dar, was mit den Frauen allgemein geschehen ist: Wir mußten unser Korsett abstreifen und uns "vermännlichen", um dann wieder zu unseren Frauenkleidern zurückzukehren -- dieses Mal ohne Korsett. --Anne Hauschild
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
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  sasameyuki | May 7, 2020 |
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Este libro maravilloso y complejo de la ficcion historica, escrito en tercero cambiando, empieza lentamente pero gana en velocidad y vale la pena leer. Allende trata de varios tipos de la esclavitud con cambios de escenario inesperados y agradables mientras poniendo preguntas en diferentes lugares y culturas. Este libro da lecciones de valor, fuerza y sabidurîa de los de se menos lo esperan! Muy buen libro que hace falta leer por mujeres y hombres.

This fascinating and complex historical fiction in three parts, written in a very effective fairly distant shifting Third Person, starts off slowly but picks up momentum, and is well worth the wait. Allende covers a variety of types of slavery with a surprising set of plot twists that keeps the reader entertained while asking all kinds of questions throughout the book, and in a variety of geographical and cultural settings that are equally suprising and pleasing. This book turns out to be an excellent set of lessons on daring, strength and wisdom in those from whom you'd least expect to see it! An excellent book, and a must-read for women and men.

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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
This is a wonderful well-written historical fiction that begins in the British community of Chili, a culture I knew nothing about until I read this book. Set in the mid-1800’s we are taken back to a time where women are subjected to disturbing means in order to survive. Our discussion revolved around the strong women characters, the challenges they had to face and the life-threatening diseases they had to overcome.

Eliza, a young woman who was abandoned at birth and raised by a spinster named Rose and her brother Jeremy, enters womanhood and finds what she believes to be her true love. Pregnant with his child, she risks her life to follow him to San Francisco where he hopes to strike it rich by gold mining. But her journey is not easy and death is near.

This book had so many interesting facts about many different cultures which enhanced the story immensely. It was not only a great historical romance but a good history lesson too.

Having lived in the gold rush town of Sonora, I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the book and loved learning many aspects of the gold rush era that took place in California.

There were a lot of facts to process in the book. The chapters were long and the book is almost four hundred pages. For me, it took a while to read, mainly because It was a book I could easily put down and return to at a later time. Others in the group felt the same way. We all felt the ending was abrupt and left some unanswered questions, which was disappointing after investing so much time into the book. ( )
  tinahogangrant | Apr 20, 2019 |
Is there a Volume 2? Well written, but did not finish all th story lines. ( )
  LeeHamlett | Apr 20, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Isabel Allendeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bauer, JerryPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Karl, AnitaCartographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kemp, JimCartographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peden, Margaret SayersTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anér-Melin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juan, AnaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knowles, Barbara DuPreeDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lieberman, MarciaPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werner, HoniCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Everyone is born with some special talent, and Eliza Sommers discovered early on that she had two: a good sense of smell and a good memory.

--First Perennial edition, 2000
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Svarbiausia yra tai, kaip gyveni šiame pasaulyje, o ne tai, kaip į jį atėjai; Sakė, jog žinios be išminties neturi vertės, ir nėra išminties be dvasingumo, o tikrasis dvasingumas visada reikalauja tarnauti kitiems; Mokytojo nuomone, blogai, kai žmogus nesugeba kurti eilių, bet nepalyginimai blogiau, kai kuria neišmanydamas.
It is what you do in this world that matters, not how you come into it.
The things we forget may as well never have happened, but she had many memories, both real and illusory, and that was like living twice.
He had only a vague idea of her size and of a dark aureole of hair, but it would not be until their second meeting a few days later that he would sink into the perdition of her black eyes and the watery grace of her gestures.
Eliza's legs were trembling; she hadn't used them in two months, and she felt as landsick as she had before at sea, but the man's clothing gave her an unfamiliar freedom; she had never felt so invisible.
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