Eva Luna (Penguin Essentials) Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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A heartfelt novel, powerful enough to make a dictator cry (Evening Standard)
She can spin a tale out of a pebble and a piece of string ... the atmosphere of encroaching doom, buried treasure and broken hearts is never tragic because there is a continual sense of life's endless opulence (Independent)
Packed with action, prodigal in invention, vivid in description and metaphor, this cleverly plotted novel is enhanced by its flowing prose and absolute assurance (The Times)
Allende's world is both sweet and sinister, and the flamboyance and power of her vision can seduce the sourest and most literal-minded reader (Daily Telegraph)
About the Author
Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru, in 1942 and moved to Chile as a child. She was a journalist for many years before publishing her first novel, The House of the Spirits¸ in 1982. She is the author of eight novels, including Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and Portrait in Sepia. She has also written a collection of stories, four memoirs, and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.
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This was narrative at its most magical. It bore the signs of great art, at least for me: the resonance of other times and places, the sense of recognition...
Eva Luna at first reminded me strongly of Fina Estampa by Caetano Veloso, so much so that I went looking for a song called Eva Luna on the CD which wasn't there.
I read recently an exact parallel of the episode of the bald patrina in a story in Ihara Saikaku's Life of an Amorous Woman written in 17th century Japan (basis for Mizoguchi's Life of Oharu for those interested), which was odd.
She sows the seeds of stories of heightened reality throughout the first chapters of Eva Luna's life . Mainly based around a confusion of characters which are lost then re-emerge in Eva's life at a later date. Rolf Carle and Eva Luna are the central protagonists. The book begins first describing Eva's childhood, and then switches to Rolf's, detailing at the beginning that he is the man that Eva will fall in love with and marry - in some way joining the end to the beginning of the book and almost at once giving the plot away.
The book is much more dependent of the characterisations of individuals, especially in the context of how they touch Eva Luna's life. A number of Eva's significant others are carefully drawn and re-occur, during key events in Eva's life, for instance - Huberto Naranjo is the romantic tear-away street-child / guerrilla leader that rescues Eva after she rips off her madame's hair piece as a young girl and supports her financially; Melesio / Mimi who is very close to Eva and becomes a most beautiful and celebrated transexual entertainer; and Zulema and Kamal - incidental to the skin deep ugly that the kindest and most expansive character of Riad Halibi is afflicted with. It is not necessarily the plot that creates suspense but the behavoiur of these characters that involves the reader with the text and throw out cameo scenes of a strongly dreamlike almost surreal nature.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
print was very small! returned it as needed magnifying glass to read it.Published 6 months ago by AA
Another fabulous novel by Isabel Allende. I am emotionally drained, both happy & sad. She completely captivates me - can't put her books down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by vikki morgan
This story is an exciting adventure to read, as well as thought-provoking, beautiful, and a little mysterious in places. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Louise Nimmo
I found this book quite hard to get into but after the first few chapters, was hooked. Seemed like a small book, but was one big story!Published 22 months ago by Nicki
I loved this quirky book. I love House of Spirits and have taught it a number of times. However, I found Daughter of Fortune slihtly disppointing in comparison - the author seemed... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Helen Karol
Yet another beautifully crafted novel from Allende. She weaves her story describing the extraordinary events in the lives of people who have touched each other's existence.Published on 25 Jun. 2014 by Big Gee
I'm a big Allende fan, and this is an evocative, colourful, easy and compelling read.
Loved the book so much we named our boat Eva Luna!.