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There's an important character, an Arab immigrant, who is a lovely person, honest, generous and modest. Anyway, I've been told this author can get very repetitive Save for that sweet Arab immigrant, I didn't find much in the book that might encourage me to go on with other works by Allende.
View all 8 comments. Jan 10, Jennifer rated it really liked it. It is hard for me to recapture the innocence I once had with books, where the words were so real it was like being in a super reality. Age, a better understanding of the world, and my new education to psychotherapy has made literature more understandable and a little less mystical.
But Allende gets me pretty close. The psychological lense of me understands Eva Luna's storytelling as therapeutic tool, her retelling of a traumatic past with newly imagined happiness makes the present palatable and It is hard for me to recapture the innocence I once had with books, where the words were so real it was like being in a super reality.
The psychological lense of me understands Eva Luna's storytelling as therapeutic tool, her retelling of a traumatic past with newly imagined happiness makes the present palatable and a future possible.
And I'm grateful that despite the novel's trekking through some terrible times--destruction of the Indians, abusive childhoods, government suppression, guerrilla revolutions, and violence against women--Allende does not glory in the gore but tells her story frankly and magically.
The novel let me taste again the wonderful mystery of the literary art. Sure, at times logical and understandable with child development and psychoanalytic theory, but mysterious and fiercely beautiful nonetheless. Jun 05, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it it was amazing. Did I expect to like this book based solely on the fact I enjoy her writing?
I must admit that I did. Did I end up liking it? Very much so, thanks for asking. At this point, I think I can say that I'm not only familiar with this writer's style but also with Allende's imaginative scope. Allende's imagination is truly impressiv Having previously read The House of the Spirits , Of Love and Shadows , Daughter of Fortune and Zorro , I can't deny having certain expectations when it came to this author.
Allende's imagination is truly impressive. Still, I realized that her imagination despite being so potent , is in some ways a world within world, a labyrinth of sorts, that is a narrative enclosed within certain themes.
I will explain what I mean later on, but for now it will suffice to say that having identified those themes I could foresee much of what happened.
That being said, I still felt this book was magical in the sense that it managed to steal my heart. There was at least a dozen times that was truly moved while I was reading it and it was more that enough to make up for occasional predictably and possible flaws. Allende's a talented writer, no doubt about that. You may tire of her books, you might even dislike her style to start with, but you must give her credit, for if this is not writing talent, what is? Nevertheless, I could help wondering how I would have felt about this book if this was my first Allende and not book no.
Would I have had enjoyed the story more? As I was reading this story, all of the Allende's other novels came to my mind.
That analytical part of my brain didn't seem to get in the way of the other part that enjoyed this novel for what it was- good literature. Knowing where the narrative is going to take me didn't ruin neither the feeling of an authentic story, nor the emotional impact it had on me.
The fact that I didn't find many things plausible didn't bother me either it is called magic realism for a reason, right? However, at some point the similarities between Eva Luna and all her other female protagonists started to create this feeling of deja vu than subsequently lead to ask myself how much of them was in Eva Luna and vice versa.
I wonder how much these mental wanderings of mine were prompted by the fact that Eva Luna is, among other things, a novel about a woman who becomes a writer. In this novel, I really hung on those passages about the writing process. I found what the author or Eva Luna? Or is it the same person in this case?
When Eva Luna explained how and even more importantly WHY she writesthat's such a precious passage. As someone who obviously loves reading, I found myself metaphorically nodding in agreement. We write and we read to make sense of this world. To put things into perspective.
To be heard Allende's or Eva Luna's? In one other instance or perhaps within the same preface Williams said something along the lines that in real life we love and betray one another, if not in the same breath, then within a very short time period. Literature gives us an opportunity to process things. In life so many things are happening at once that sometimes we're simply unable to make heads or tails of it. A few words about this novel.
Its protagonist is Eva Luna, a daughter of a servant and of a wandering Indian. Eva grows up in a house of her mother's employer, a strict doctor who doesn't even know Eva is there and who didn't even notice that his loyal servant Eva's mother had been pregnant.
Eva's mother conceived her with a snake bitten Indian. Eva's Indian father miraculously survived the snake bite, but left her mother as soon as he recovered.
Eva Luna is an imaginative child, enchanted by her mother's stories. Eva's inherited, among other things, her mother tendency to daydream. What does life has in store for this little girl? As I was reading the story of Eva Luna and her childhood, I couldn't help comparing it with the childhood of the protagonist of Daughter of Fortune.
Is this one so different, I asked myself? As long as I enjoy her writing, does it even matter? Should it matter?
I will explain what I mean. If my observations are correct, Allende's novels are strikingly similar not only in their choice of protagonist, but also in their plot. It is almost as there is a formula to them something you wouldn't exactly expect in magic realism. Often there is a young female protagonist with an interesting family background.
This background is always revealed, making her novels a mix of individual and collective, of individual story and family sagas. Childhood memories always play an important part in the development of the heroine and the other protagonists for that matter. The atmosphere of South America as a multicultural and unique blend of contrasts, is always well recreated and often reflected on. Often there is an elderly man who not having an emotional contact with anyone establishes it with a young girl.
In The House of Spirits, the strict scientific Estaban loves his granddaughter dearly. In Eva Luna, the little girl cares for a dying elderly man so tenderly that he decides to leave everything to her, despite him not being exactly sure who she is.
This older man, an employer of her late mother, establishes a first real emotional connection only on his death bed. As a life of one young girl gets started. An appropriate metaphor, I would say. Life and death travel hand in hand in Allende's novels- as they do in life. There is another theme that is often repeated in Allende's novels. Theme of forbidden 'almost' incestuous love the so called Wuthering Heights syndrome, love between people not related but raised together or in some cases that of one raising the other- this would qualify as The Thorn Birds syndrome, right?
In addition, Allende's heroines often fall in love with man who are revolutionist and guerrilla fighters. Often they have to hide their love from everyone.
Likewise, often her heroines have to decide between two man, one of whom was their first love and to whom they feel bound with strong strong passion AND the other someone they met after the first, learned to love more slowly but more steadily. Another thing I noticed is that there is no stereotyping. A heroine may have romantic feelings or attraction even towards man from the regime take for example, the army fiance in Love and Shadows and the military figure who courts Eva in Eva Luna.
Often the female protagonist is, at some point in the narrative, imprisoned or tortured. At any rate, the heroine always observes a lot of suffering but despite of it she always manages to establish meaningful relationships and friendships.
There is always a bit of humour, amidst of all the melancholy, death and sadness. Her female protagonist always feel a connection with their country and people.
Their gaze is both critical and loving at the same time. The conditions and the times in which the heroine lives in are always turbulent, there is always a revolution of some kind. Politics are always a part of her heroine's life, which doesn't mean that romantic lives of Allende's heroines are lacking in anything. Quite on the contrary, the themes of politics, war, power, oppression and danger often get mixed up with friendship, idealism, artistic tendencies and love.
Isabel Allende has a very unique writing style, and this I'm sure, was noted by many. Personally, I'm a fan of her style of writing but it is not the only thing that fascinates me. You see, somehow Allende manages to retell stories without making them sound repetitive and that is something quite exceptional.
I could find similarities between her novels, between her protagonists, between her plots I could find so many to make a good case that she is recycling them However, I don't believe that to be the case. As Allende herself notes in Eva Luna- sometimes changing even a little detail can change the story. For example, at one point in the story, Eva retells the story of a death of loved one in such a way as to make that person deal with loss more easily Perhaps their loved one really felt they were there with them in that moment?
So, I'm not sure it could be said that Allende recycles her stories.
Probably it wouldn't matter to me- even I believed it to be true. Her stories move me deeply. You know how most painters have a certain style and you can recognize them in different stages of their artistic development? Well, the same can be said about Isabel Allende. I might never tire of her books. Enough said. The only novel of hers that I didn't fall in love with was Zorro.
I used to think that Zorro didn't turn out that well because Isabel Allende was limited by the theme and because those limitations somewhat cramped her style.
Now, that I think about it, I think Zorro failed because the protagonist was a man. Not that I mind that, you know. Her sensual heroines are a refreshment. In real world, I find it hard to believe that such bold woman would be so universally liked- but who knows?
After all, persons who know how to love are often the ones who end up being loved the most. How can love be just a coincidence? The more we love, the greater the odds we will be loved in return. Friendships are born out of love.
Romantic love is just another form of love. Friendship are hardly ever developed without courage and initiative. The same could be said for love. It is not a matter of chance or of a coincidence. I, for one, don't believe in coincidences. I believe in magic. May 27, Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing. There is something otherworldly about magical realism, something surreal, whereby the reader is transported into a parallel universe, a universe where, despite the stories ostensibly being set in our world, the colours, sights and sounds are richer and vibrate with the vivacity of the writer's imagination and the sensuality engendered by their prose.
Although 'Eva Luna' contains many of the tropes associated with magic realism; political dissidence and violence, a cast of eccentric characters in There is something otherworldly about magical realism, something surreal, whereby the reader is transported into a parallel universe, a universe where, despite the stories ostensibly being set in our world, the colours, sights and sounds are richer and vibrate with the vivacity of the writer's imagination and the sensuality engendered by their prose.
Although 'Eva Luna' contains many of the tropes associated with magic realism; political dissidence and violence, a cast of eccentric characters including clairvoyants and curmudgeons, a strong sense of sensuality and a almost limitless litany of surreal scenes and scenarios, Allende's effortless storytelling, her ability to the draw the reader in to the lives of the characters she creates and the richness of the world she imagines causes the reader to forget the feeling of deja vu they sometimes experience during the reading of 'Eva Luna'.
The story follows Eva Luna, the only daughter of the ethereal Consuelo and her journey from being a girl orphaned at a young age to a full-grown woman. Along the way she comes across a number of characters who serve to shape her personality and future; the gentle Turk Zulema, whose benign nature and joviality belies his deep personal grief over his facial disfigurement.
Zulema's lascivious cousin Kamal, seething with sex, the macho rebel Huberto and the sensitive, but no less recalcitrant Rolfe Carle, both of whom act as Eva's love interests, the ying to each other's yang. Feb 11, Adrienne Snape rated it it was amazing Shelves: Set in an unnamed, South American country Eva Luna is a poetic, modern day Latina flavored version of Arabian nights. Within the novel, whilst the protagonist and other main characters are living their lives, they all encounter fantastical, unique and morally ambigous characters.
What is most impressive about the novel though, is how all of those smaller, strange stories are wound together neatly at climax of the novel in a believable fashion. The romantic triangle in the novel, though not Set in an unnamed, South American country Eva Luna is a poetic, modern day Latina flavored version of Arabian nights.
The romantic triangle in the novel, though not empahsized, is what nags at the reader's mind and keeps them dedicated throughout all of the smaller sub plots. Eva Luna's many romantic and sexual relationships are all written in a vivdly passionate manner keeping the reader divided on whom is the proper ending for Eva.
To contrast the "softer" romantic storyline is the "harder" storyline of constant political change in this fictional South American nation. Even apathetic, every day citizens find it hard to ignore the rioits, rebellions and guerrllia forces making their mark around them. Eva Luna , Chivers in English - Large print ed. Hall in English. Eva Luna , Bantam Books in English.
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