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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...
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Bantam (first published 1987)
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Audrey
Jul 24, 2007 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Narcissists
Perhaps it is merely a reflection of my feebleness as a reader that I assume the basic conceit of any first person novel is for the author to be the narrator, more or less. In my defense, this book is dedicated to Allende's mother. And the story itself is about a girl who loses her mother and loves her mother deeply and has all kinds of wooooonderful adventures, only to discover writing and have even more maaaaaaagical adventures, and become highly successful, and be pursued by a general and als ...more
Josie
Feb 28, 2010 Josie rated it liked it
I found that reading this book was a bit like attending a storytellers' cocktail party, at which the hostess (the author) has got drunk and decided to rapidly parade every unusual and eccentric character she could possibly imagine before the gathering, in order to impress her friends.

A host of unusual tales tumble out of this book, like so many magpie-gathered jewels that had been crammed into a box. Eva Luna hits us with one bizzare scenario after another, in rapid succession. Whilst an amazing
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César Lasso
Feb 08, 2016 César Lasso rated it really liked it
It's the only book by Allende I have read and I really liked the story. The characters are very varied. 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.
Luís Blue Yorkie
The women of Isabel Allende's novels are, above all, strong.

After completing another novel by Isabel Allende, this time "Eva Luna", I dare paraphrase Euclides da Cunha to say that the women of his novels are, above all, strong. Eva Luna is a beautiful sample of these women.
Eva Luna is an illiterate girl - the result of underdeveloped countries - which can make use of his gift - storyteller - to cross the border of the "hell" that seemed to be designed and come to a kind of paradise - a wild para
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Ray
May 31, 2016 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Eva Luna has a gift. The child growing up in an unnamed South American country is blessed with the ability to weave compelling tales which enchant her audience - children and adults alike. It provides her with a way to survive in an extremely tough world. She is born into the underclass and jobs are brutish, insecure and poorly paid. People close to her die or get sick on a regular basis.

Cue a fascinating journey involving amongst other things mummies, a stuffed puma, corrupt politicians and pol
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El
Mar 25, 2015 El rated it really liked it
Life is a bit too much of an emotional roller coaster for me to write a proper review of this book at this time, but I will return to write one at some point.

There were some passages that made me feel all the feels, and those I used as status updates throughout the reading of this. Feel free to check those out until whenever I can write a proper review.

Did enjoy it, though. Definitely plan on reading The House of the Spirits soon-ish as well.
Jennifer
Jan 12, 2010 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 ...more
DD
Mar 24, 2014 DD rated it it was amazing
For some reason, this is one of my all-time favorite books. I think I was deeply moved and inspired by the novel because of the formative time period in my life when I read it. For me, it's about a woman who has had a difficult early life and who develops resilience and forbearance in the face of adversity. The entire novel for me is about the journey not just of herself but of an entire society that learns to adapt and transform reality in order not to dwell in suffering but to live a life of a ...more
Rosa Ramôa
Oct 12, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it
"Chamo-me Eva, que quer dizer vida, segundo um livro que a minha mãe consultou para escolher o meu nome. Nasci no quarto dos fundos de uma casa sombria e cresci entre móveis antigos, livros em latim e múmias humanas, mas isso não conseguiu tornar-me melancólica, porque vim ao mundo com um sopro de selva na memória."
(Isabel Allende, Eva Luna)
Zoë
Jun 19, 2007 Zoë rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-delight
This is the first book by Isabel Allende that I've read and I can totally see myself getting addicted to her writing...That, and my mother has sent me about 10 of her books to read here in Malaysia. But I stayed up all night last night just to finish the last half of the book, and that usually means that I really like it. The story is about two people who fall in love, but the story is about thier lives before they meet. The story is also about the social and political situation in the annoymou ...more
mai ahmd
Jan 07, 2012 mai ahmd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
هذه الرواية هي الرواية الثالثة التي كتبتها الروائية العظيمة إيزابيل وقد اختلف أسلوب إيزابيل في هذه الرواية عن رائعتها التاريخية أنيس حبيبة روحي حيث تشعر أنها أكثر نضجا في الأخيرة
ربما لأن إيفا كانت من بواكير الروايات التي كتبتها الليندي
الرواية تدور حول فتاة نشأت في ظروف غير طبيعية
عاشت كخادمة تتنقل من بيت لآخر منذ صغرها وكانت قد اكتشفت مهارة قص الحكايات لديها وهي الوسيلة التي استخدمتها للتواصل مع الآخرين بعد أن فقدت والدتها وهي طفلة ولم يعد لها أقارب سوى عرابتها التي قدمتها كخادمة لإحدى العائلا
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Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Oct 18, 2015 Erika B. (SOS BOOKS) rated it really liked it
"Reality is a jumble we can't always measure or decipher, because everything is happening at the same time. While you and I are speaking here, behind your back Christopher Columbus is inventing America, and the same Indians that welcome him in the stain-glass window are still naked in a jungle a few hours from this office, and will be there a hundred years from now. I try to open a path through that maze, to put a little order in that chaos, to make life more bearable. When I write, I describe l ...more
Adrienne Boudreau
Jun 29, 2015 Adrienne Boudreau rated it it was amazing
Set in an unnamed, South American country Eva Luna is a poetic, modern day Latina flavored version of 1001 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
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Ksenia (vaenn)
"Оповідки Еви Луни" - це якісь форменні теплі історії про життєві страхіття. Покинуті діти, забуті старі, ґвалтовані жінки, чоловіки-аб'юзери. Підступні політики, шахраї, проститутки, бандити, солдати. Бідність, катастрофи, громадянські війни, революції. Знищені цивілізації і розтоптані уклади. І все це дбайливо зібрано до купи, припасоване одне до одного, просякнуто пахощами шоколаду, ванілі, орхідей, пороху (в обох базових значеннях), крові, віри і любові.

"Оповідки Еви Луни" - це концентрат ла
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Stephanie
Feb 14, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was ok
As I slogged (yes, slogged) through, Eva Luna lines from a Dessa song kept running through my mind:

Saccharine read--
Such a sentimental novel
Give you cavities
If it doesn't drive you to the bottle.

In "Matches to Paper Dolls", Dessa is rapping about reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, but her words seem apropos when considering Isabel Allende's Eva Luna.

I am not saying that Eva Luna wasn't without its moments of beauty (Allende's descriptions of setting were so...lush), b
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Wendy
Aug 27, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Isabel Allende that I've read, and I'm more than willing to give her a second chance, but I was very unmoved by this novel. Characters made choices without any real explanation or lead up; events happened just because they happened. Although the writing was lush and the events themselves often interesting, the fact that the book was so expository was irritating, and I didn't wind up caring much for any of the characters as a result.

Additionally, the whole book is about this
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Patrick
Oct 15, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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Neringa
Feb 27, 2013 Neringa rated it really liked it
It's a witty, ironic, humorous, magic and unusual story containing many unconventional characters and events. Let's remember the extravagant owner of a brothel, the transexual Mimi,the inventor of embalming fluid who keeps his beloved mummies at home, the Turkish merchant with a harelip and his wife who has a lot of valuable jewellery but keeps it buried in the garden stealing only short glimpses on them while reburying them at a new place, the lunatic and cruel teacher who likes to stare at nak ...more
Stuart
Feb 10, 2013 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could I would give this book a 3.5, but I don't think it was good enough to get 4 stars. I did enjoy Eva Luna, once again we see how Allende manages to weave her words together to create a tale of mystical characters, exotic locations and voluptuous sex scenes. She seems to paint everything with the hazy brush of memory, thus giving everything in her book an ethereal quality.

The plot of this book is fairly standard (guerilla army fighting for freedom) but it's quite enjoyable. One of the m
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Octavio Navarro
Aug 08, 2007 Octavio Navarro rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
Awesome Book but don't forget to take your Ritalin before reading this book, if you have a hard time keeping up with too many characters in a Plot, you will need to OD on Ritalin before starting this book, trust me you will need it! This will be a great movie someday, the characters are rich, but it woulf have been better if some of the smaller characters, someday get their own book, here is a suggestion Ms. Allende!
Blagovesta
Dec 20, 2015 Blagovesta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Беше ме обзело някакво постоянно безпокойство - за първи път ревнувах и това чувство, прилепило се за кожата ми денем и нощем като тъмно петно, като мръсотия, която не може да се махне, стана толкова непоносимо, че когато най-сетне успях да се отърся от него, се бях освободила окончателно от стремежа да притежавам друг човек и от изкушението да принадлежа на някого."
Diana
Feb 14, 2013 Diana rated it liked it
- Iti atingi trupul cu mainile?
- Da...
- Des, fiica mea?
- In fiecare zi.
- In fiecare zi! Cat de des?
- N-am numarat...foarte des...
- Asta e o ofensa foarte grava in ochii lui Dumnezeu!
- Nu stiam, parinte.Dar daca-mi pun manusi, tot pacat este?
Julie
Nov 27, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, book-club
This book was pretty good. An entertaining read, although I admit that I didn't quite get the point.... I couldn't find any reason in it. Maybe the author wanted it that way, as life doesn't really have any reason. Who knows.
Jessica Hammer
Mar 12, 2009 Jessica Hammer rated it it was amazing
This s my favorite book of all time, I have read it so many times! It's such a magical and colorful journey full of beautiful language, mysterious characters and wild adventures.
Sergei
Nov 26, 2013 Sergei rated it liked it
Intriguing and promising in the first third of narration, but then it slows down. Events a bit predictable. Why it is less enchanting than The House of the Spirits?
Bucket
I've read two of Allende's novels now (this, and The House of the Spirits) and I'm smitten. Her narratives are sprawling, ever-changing, slightly magical, and imaginative. Her characters undergo constant, whirlwind twists of fate and chance. Eva Luna is central in the universe (of the novel and at large) in part because she is constructing and shaping her own story as she lives it and then again as she writes it, but also because she is strong, imaginative, interesting; she's worthy of the novel ...more
georgia
Aug 27, 2014 georgia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The version of this book I picked up (well, my dad gave me his old copy from 1990 as a recommended read) was one without a blurb, only a string of praises for the novel were printed on the back. To me, this was exciting - I came straight into the novel no idea what to expect from the story. Yet this is precisely where my disappointment lies; I personally felt this book has no story. I just thought it was a massive jumble of irrelevant characters and wasn't neatly intertwined at all - much of it ...more
Cam Mannino
Aug 28, 2011 Cam Mannino rated it it was amazing
A wild ride of a book with characters I couldn't resist. The story begins with Consuelo, Eva's mother, an orphan farmed out for work, who eventually ends up working in the home of strange little man, the inventor of embalming fluid (I know, but read on!). When the generous Consuelo makes love to a dying man, cures him and conceives, Eva's adventure begins. Like her mother, Eva is orphaned and passed from hand to hand - some gentle and loving, some harsh, some committed to her care, others droppi ...more
Davidg
Jan 15, 2014 Davidg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I last entered one of Isobel Allende's worlds. Reading this, I wondered why it has taken me so long.

Allende conjures up an entire world, taking elements from traditional tales and South American history. The strong compelling characters are held together by the voice of Eva herself, telling the wild stories of her own life and those of the people she encounters. As in Traditional tales, events follow on, one after another. I notice that one or two reviewers have seen th
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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at s ...more
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