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Eva Luna (1987)

by Isabel Allende

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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...From the Paperback edition.

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A beautifully written celebration of the senses, this historical fiction is set in an unnamed South American country and recounts the life of Eva Luna. The story opens in the early twentieth century with Eva’s mother’s tragic life story, including Eva’s birth. It then follows Eva as she moves from place to place, encountering challenges and developing friendships. Eva is a strong female who must make her way in the world with little assistance. Orphaned at an early age, her life is full of sorrow, but she gradually learns she is a gifted storyteller and she uses this gift to barter for what she needs. She encounters an assortment of diverse and colorful characters from many socioeconomic and political backgrounds. One of these characters, Rolf, is the subject of a significant sub-plot, which details his childhood and emigration to South America.

The book is character driven. There is no predominant plotline that encompasses the entire novel; however, Eva’s life is eventful, full of drama, deprivation, political struggles, and personal challenges. Allende’s writing is lyrical, full of imagery and emotion. Eva suffers, and it is easy to empathize with her. Eva relates segments of her imaginative stories, showing the power of storytelling to both escape from suffering and inspire hope for the future. At times the storyline ventures into unlikely scenarios and coincidences, and it could have used a bit more information on Eva’s age at each major event during the timeline. Allende is known for employing magical realism, and uses it here, but not in an overpowering way. Recommended to those who enjoy tales of overcoming adversity or the power of storytelling.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (1986)
  sharibillops | May 20, 2022 |
Allende almost always succeeds in producing favorites, with a rare few exceptions. [Eva Luna] is one of those books, documenting the birth of an author from her mother's jungle-wild origins through revolutions and all manner of adventures. The characters are colorful and complex without overshadowing the narrator. As an origin story or comic-of-age or love story, it succeeds at every turn. I'm looking forward to [The Stories of Eva Luna], as the only thing I wanted more of during the book was Eva's own writing. It's nice that Allende provides that in another volume about this unusual writer. ( )
  blackdogbooks | Nov 7, 2021 |
Audible audiobook performed by Cynthia Farrell & Timothy Andrés Pabon.

From the book jacket: Meet Eva Luna – a lover, writer, revolutionary, and storyteller. Eva is born poor, orphaned at an early age, and works as a servant. Eva is a naturally gifted and imaginative storyteller who meets people from all stations and walks of life. Though she has no wealth, she trades her stories like currency with people who are kind to her.

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I’m already a huge fan of Allende’s magical realism, and this book did not disappoint. I loved the many characters – from the Lebanese merchant to the petty criminal/guerrilla leader to the transexual entertainer. As Eva tells the story of her life, she tells the story of this South American nation – of corruption, class struggle, peace, war, feast and famine. The story comes alive with saints and ghosts, servants and political leaders equally profile, skewered and cherished.

Both Allende and Eva Luna are great storytellers, and this a marvelous escape.

The audiobook was performed by Cynthia Farrell and Timothy Andrés Pabon. These are two talented voice artists, and having them both narrating, makes it easy to follow the shifts in perspective. ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 30, 2021 |
I keep trying to like Isabel Allende but I think maybe I just don’t ( )
  Amzzz | Mar 19, 2021 |
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Isabel Allendeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Angelo MorinoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juan, AnaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mora, ElsaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141045558, 0241951658


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