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Eva Luna: A Novel - Isabel Allende
Eva Luna: A Novel
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Meet New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende’s most enchanting creation, Eva Luna: a lover, a writer, a revolutionary, and above all a storyteller.Eva Luna is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and a snake-bitten gardener—born poor, orphaned at an early age, and working as a... show more
Meet New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende’s most enchanting creation, Eva Luna: a lover, a writer, a revolutionary, and above all a storyteller.Eva Luna is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and a snake-bitten gardener—born poor, orphaned at an early age, and working 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. In this novel, she shares the story of her own life and introduces readers to a diverse and eccentric cast of characters including the Lebanese émigré who befriends her and takes her in; her unfortunate godmother, whose brain is addled by rum and who believes in all the Catholic saints and a few of her own invention; a street urchin who grows into a petty criminal and, later, a leader in the guerrilla struggle; a celebrated transsexual entertainer who instructs her in the ways of the adult world; and a young refugee whose flight from postwar Europe will prove crucial to Eva's fate. As Eva tells her story, Isabel Allende conjures up a whole complex South American nation—the rich, the poor, the simple, and the sophisticated—in a novel replete with character and incident, with drama and comedy and history, with battles and passions, rebellions and reunions, a novel that celebrates the power of imagination to create a better world.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781501117084 (1501117084)
ASIN: 1501117084
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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3.5 Review of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
I have always been a huge fan of Isabel Allende Her writing style is beautiful and her characters are memorable. This novel certainly included the things I love about her books, but it was not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the writing as always, but the plot for this story never really took off for...
Lost in a Book
Lost in a Book rated it
It was OK. There was much that I liked, including the vividness of the writing. But while Allende’s style enhances the mystical quality of the story, it can also be fatiguing to work through and this was not a short novel.
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xreactivity rated it
It was OK. There was much that I liked, including the vividness of the writing. But while Allende’s style enhances the mystical quality of the story, it can also be fatiguing to work through and this was not a short novel.
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
3.0
The first half of the book is essentially plotless and meanders imaginatively into various bizarre corners. The second half does discover a sort of plot using some characters and events from the first half, but it never really coalesces into much of a story. I give the book bonus points for imagery...
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Bashara Likes Books rated it
4.0
It's hard for me to put into words what I enjoyed so much about this novel. It's another Allende that I've read and enjoyed more than once. It's so detailed and absorbing that it always feels like I'm reading it for the first time. Through a unique dual narrative Allende chronicles the lives of E...
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