Daughter of Fortune
An orphan raised in Valparaíso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849 -- a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation. In this rough-and-tumble world of... show more
An orphan raised in Valparaíso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849 -- a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation. In this rough-and-tumble world of panhandlers and prostitutes, immigrants and aristocrats, Eliza will discover a new life of freedom, independence, and a love greater than any ever dreamed.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: October 30th 2001
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Magical Realism
, Spanish Literature
, Latin American
I learned more about Chile, Chinese culture and the California gold rush than I have having read history books in school. Allende was not only informative but it was all detailed and beautifully told. I love how richly developed her characters are but I also found this a bit of a flaw as it took an ...
Usually I run from Oprah's book picks for many reasons, but because she is a well known Latina author, I wanted to read Allende and judge for myself.Her novel did not disappoint. For me, the time period and limited freedom for women was wonderfully demonstrated through Eliza. Women at that time wer...
A book-with-a-passport offering from Hayes - thankee:O)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.Didn't think for one minute that this would reach 3* goodness but it did... just!
The story begins in Valparaiso, Chile and is focused around Eliza Sommers. An infant Eliza was abandoned on the doorstep of Rose and Jeremy Sommers (brother and sister), and Rose raised Eliza as the daughter. One day, Englishman Jacob Todd comes to Chile, supposedly as a missionary out to convert th...
Kolejna zachwycająca powieść Allende. Wspaniała opowieść o początkach Kalifornii, gorączce złota i o miłości, tej wymarzonej i tej realnej, choć ukrytej dla oczu. Dla czytelników lubiących książki bez dialogów, ale opisujących życie ciekawych ludzi, na tle historii.
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