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Maya's Notebook

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  10,654 ratings  ·  1,521 reviews
Isabel Allende’s latest novel, set in the present day (a new departure for the author), tells the story of a 19-year-old American girl who finds refuge on a remote island off the coast of Chile after falling into a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution. There, in the company of a torture survivor, a lame dog, and other unforgettable characters, Maya Vidal writes her story ...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Harper (first published June 2011)
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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
إعتراف رقم واحد: هذه الرواية أتعبتني كثيرًا، لأنني بدأت بقراءتها وأنا مشغولٌ من عقالي وحتّى أخمص نعلي في العمل. كنت أختلس نصف ساعة يوميًا لأقرأ ما لا يزيد عن 30 صفحة من دفتر مايا!

إعتراف رقم اثنين: على الرغم من أن مكتبتي تستضيف روايات أخرى لإيزابيل ألليندي. إلا أنّ هذه أول رواية أقرأها لها. ربما لكونها آخر إصداراتها

إعتراف رقم ثلاثة: أنهيت قراءة الرواية ونفسي تصرخ بعبارة واحدة "سأكرر خطيئة القراءة لكِ أيتها الرائعة .. إيزابيل"

إعتراف رقم أربعة: أخبرني صديق شاركني قراءة الرواية (وسبق له قراءة روايا
A young woman (I am not sure that Isabel Allende can pull off a young and contemporary voice) who loses her way after the death of her beloved grandfather lands in her grandmother's native Chile. Told in the first person narrative, Maya, writes in her journal and alternates between past and present all the while recounting what has brought her to this point.

The themes were typical Allende: exile, politics, magic, secrets, and feminocentric. However, the story was chaotic at times and a bit melo
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Isabel Allende has ranked among my favorite writers for a very long time. I try to read every book that she comes out with. The synopsis of "Maya's Notebook" sounded very interesting to me so I was especially excited to read this book. Now the story line of this book is a little bit different than anything I have read so far by Allende but her characteristic way with words is still very much present and makes this book a joy to read!

This book is made up of the things that the title character, Ma
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 Ordinary Magic Stars

"The whole world is magical, Maya."


On the run from the FBI, the Interpol, her own insecurities and past mistakes, a young girl finds herself in a remote island off the coast of Chile where life is slower and emotions are deeper. There with time in her hands to contemplate her story she takes notes in a diary, narrating her family's history, weaving an intricate tale that spans 40 years and 3 different countries and everything is coming full circle. She has the power to chan
Pedro Benitez
Allende crea en Maya Vidal una ventana a una gran variedad de temas. El Cuaderno de Maya presenta a una muchacha de diecinueve años exiliada en la comunidad chilena de Chiloe, escondida de enemigos contraidos en años anteriores.

Allende reluce con el ambiente de Chiloe. Este cobra vida mediante sus vividas descripciones, tanto del paisaje como de la gente. Descripciones de sus habitantes, amigos de Maya, le dan a Chiloe un aire de serenidad, lentitud, sanacion y tradicion.

Maya, joven de pasado
What I liked best about the book is the way Isabel Allende takes to you to Chiloe, an island off the coast of Chili, a place she knows and you can tell loves so much. You feel as if you are there among these wonderful,caring and sometimes superstitious people. They quietly go about there daily lives, but yet they know pretty much everything about each other and they take care of one another. You almost want to be there for a few days and experience it first hand.

Maya is there hiding from her pa
Mar 31, 2013 Kurt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Amazon Vine
Like many Latin American Studies majors, I loved reading Isabel Allende novels in college (both for class, and on my own), but after graduation I kind of forgot how amazing Allende is. When I saw this novel offered by the Amazon Vine program, I requested it immediately and am thankful that I did. This is the tale of a teenager who plummets to the depths of human misery, and the peaceful community that slowly draws her back to life. Allende writes with enormous compassion, even when her protagoni ...more
Diane Yannick
I really love the way Isabel Allende writes. Her lyrical descriptions take you to Chile where "the ocean takes bites off the land and the continent of South America strings out into islands; an eyelash between the mountains of the Andes and the depths of the Pacific Ocean, with hundreds of volcanoes, some with lava still warm,that could wake up at any moment and bury the territory in the sea." The beauty of the land and its people contrasts vividly with its troubled history of atrocities perpetr ...more
B the BookAddict
Sep 06, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone

Another fine book by the talented Ms Allende: a writer who never disappoints her readers. Allende moves this story effortlessly between Berkeley, Las Vegas and Chiloe. This is Maya's story but it is also the story of Nini and Popo (her grandparents) and Manuel, Nini's Chilean friend. The story flows easily between the recent past and the present, between failure and redemption, between distress and peace. She writes with her intimate knowledge of the Chilean people, never failing to make them re
Write it Out

“Maya’s Notebook” is about a troubled, exploited teenager. I almost added mindlessly rebellious to this list but I think that’s almost inherent in the definition of ‘teenager’. You would think that this type of story would be horribly depressing and it is but there’s also joy in the form of her family who never gives up on Maya. Her childhood hasn’t been perfect however. No matter how much love and protection her grandparents give her it doesn’t make up for her parents’ abandonment.
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

حتى قلم الساحرة إيزابيل الليندي بأسلوبها الخلاب ، أسلوب الحكواتي المزمن ، لا يمكنه استخراج الروعة والدهشة من دفترك يا مايا بيدال !..

حين جادلتني صديقة حول إعجابي بالليندي و رغم عدم تعدد قرائاتي لها إلا إنني لم أندم على خوض إي تجربة قراءة معها حتى الآن لأنها( الحاوي ) بالنسبة لي فهي تفتح مجال في الحياة من العدم ، حين تنعدم أمام شخوصها الفرص توجدها بشكل طبيعي ( ب طقطقة إصبع الساحرة ) و بسرعة البرق بهذر الجدات الدافئ من وحي اللحظة تأتيك بدراميتها العالية بأروع أساليب الواقعية السحرية التي تتركك مُشب
Once Upon
The heart of this book is a coming of age story for a girl, Maya, writing her notebook at the age of only nineteen. Surprisingly she has so many things to say and so many events that have changed her life. Maya is what I would consider an “old soul” probably due to being raised by her grandparents and partly due to the environment in Berkeley, CA in the mid-70’s that greatly influenced her Grandmother “Nini” when she arrived there during that time, very young with a young son. Maya gets dropped ...more
Spanish/English: Disclaimer: I was born in Chile, lived through the dictatorship with a very different experience and have been to the Island of Chiloe which is as beautiful and mysterious as Allende describes. Naci en Chile, vivi ahi antes y despues de la dictadura con una experiencia muy diferente a la descrita en el libro; he viajado a la Isla de Chiloe la cual es tan linda y misteriosa como Allende lo describe.

Quiero partir por decir que Isabel Allende es una de mis autores favoritas, y est
لقاء السعدي
وقعت هذه الرواية بين يديّ مصادفة
جذبني العنوان و الغلاف و التعريف المكتوب على ظهره
و كون كاتبة الرواية هي " ايزابيل الليندي " التي لم أقرأ لها من قبل
و الأمر الذي شجعني على البدء بها فورًا هي أنها ترجمة " صالح علماني "

تحكي الرواية حكاية القتاة مايا بيدال
ولدت مايا لأب طيار و أم مضيفة
كان زواجهما مجرد نزوة عابرة
انتهى الزواج بمجرد أن وضعت الأم طفلتها
وقع الطلاق .. عادت الأم لبلدها .. و الأب لعمله
و تركت الرضيعة لجدّيها

تربت الفتاة في كنف جدّيها اللذين شملاها بكل الحب و الرعاية
عاشت مايا حياة طبيعية دافئة إ
Isabel Allende is a fearless writer. She can take on magical realism, contemporary political thrillers, historical fiction, or epic sagas and craft unforgettable characters, evocative settings, and surprising plots. She is a natural storyteller with a keen sense of pacing and a flair for high drama. Unlike other authors I’ve followed over the years who captivated me with early works but faded to middle road pablum as they struggle to stay relevant, Allende keeps taking chances—damn the torpedoes ...more
Alissa Patrick
Gorgeous. Haunting. Sad. Happy. Mesmorizing. I'm so happy I found this hidden gem.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Wow, so this was my first experience with Isabel Allende and it was not what I was expecting at all. I'm not sure what I was expecting exactly, just that it wasn't this. Also, just fyi, let's just put a big ol' trigger warning all over this book for pretty much every trigger ever.

Why Did I Read This Book?
I'd run out of audiobooks for review and selecting them on my own takes forever, and this showed up in a newsletter. I've been curious about Allende for a while, thus why I own several of her b
El cuaderno de Maya is a book that takes place in Chile, Chiloe, to be more specific. Maya is 19 and running away from the police. We don’t know why, all we know at first is that her grandma, Nini, is sending her away to this wonderful little town in Chile to keep her from those who are looking for her, and that Maya has a notebook where she writes everything she wants. That’s it. That’s the premise for this story. That’s all I had to settle with when I started reading it, so I didn’t know what ...more
Isabel Allende has done it again…

Her stories have always been fascinating, and this one is no different. The author brings you into a world that you could have no idea about prior to reading her pages and yet, within a chapter or two you feel that you have known these characters for the better part of your life.

This is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that her characters are from times and places which very few of us have ever experienced before.

This story is a woven tapestry of the r
I'm almost done with this one... and am very much enjoying it.
It's about a teenage girl raised in Berkeley in an eclectic household by her Chilean refugee grandmother and her step-grandfather, an astronomer. She spirals into substance abuse, gets caught up in all kinds of things, and is basically sent into exile (back to Chile, full circle) for her own protection. Beyond her own story, which I think is told in a very convincing voice, is the story of her coming of age, discovering her roots, her
Beautifully written, it’s full of emotional impact of as we read the intimate soul-bearing notebook of a young woman. The author effectively intertwines many storylines populated with enthralling characters in this well-plotted coming-of-age story. I so enjoyed descriptions of physical and emotional geography of southern Chile and its role in Chilean history. Themes of addiction, loss, love and family makes this earnest heartwarming, yet at times heartbreaking story a satisfying read.
Mal Warwick
Isabel Allende’s latest novel is a triumph.

Pick up a copy of Isabel Allende’s new novel, Maya’s Notebook, and get ready for a wild and wonderful ride through the years and up and down the length of the Western Hemisphere. Though structured as a coming-of-age novel of young Maya Vidal, recounting the four seasons of her twentieth year, Maya’s Notebook ranges from the glorious madness of Berkeley, where she was born and raised, to the back alleys and casinos of drug-addled Las Vegas and an Oregon
Zoe Brown
As anyone can see from my bookshelves, I’m a big fan of Allende and Latino novelists in general. This book of hers, however, just didn’t quite work for me.

Allende created two stories, really. The present tense one takes place on a remote island off Chile where Maya, a 19 year old, is hiding from gangsters and the law and learning to appreciate her grandmother’s Chilean culture. The past tense story drags us through a ghastly, drug-infested period of her life that caused her to be sent to live o
Myron Brown
The death of Maya Videl's grandfather starts a downward tumble of alcohol and drug addiction that eventually makes her a target of a group of drug dealers. Maya's grandmother, Nini sends her to an old friend in Chile, Manuel Arias, to hide her from the dealers and to give her a chance to put her life back together. Isabel Allende attempts to weave the genres of literary fiction with a dash of magical realism and thriller together. While she creates a compelling story the mishmash of genres does ...more
Este libro se compone de dos partes bien delimitadas, que se entrecruzan a ratos a lo largo de la historia: El pasado y el presente de Maya. Si la historia solamente hubiera hecho énfasis en el pasado de Maya, sin duda alguna tendría las 5 estrellas bien merecidas, pues es un relato crudo y muy real de lo que viven muchos adictos de hoy en día, y como una serie de eventos llevan a que una adolescente que lo tenía todo llegue a tocar fondo, al punto que no puede imaginar su vida sin drogas ni alc ...more
Como ya es característico en Isabel Allende, todas sus novelas tienen elementos biográficos y esta no es la excepción: una matrona chilena exiliada, un esposo "no-latino" que por amor aprende la cultura, una casa llena de nacionalidades en California, nostalgias de Allende y hechos de la dictadura de Pinochet. Entonces, ¿Qué ofrece diferente esta novela a las anteriores? El relato de una niña que a los 14 años pierde el rumbo de su vida y termina reencontrándolo en un pueblo perdido de Chile; mi ...more
Check out what I wrote in my blog:

We can never say that this author has a very bad novel. This is an average novel. Useful to have an OK time and to relax the mind. If you are looking for something really good and profound; then you don't need to read this. On the other hand; if you want to relax your mind and have a little fun; you can try this story. It's not that bad.
I generally love Isabel Allende's writing so I was excited to see that she had written a new book. This one was somewhat disappointing, however. It felt emotionally detached, more of a combined travelogue/history of modern Chile than a novel. We follow Maya Vidal in her year in a remote island of Chile that her grandmother has sent her to to escape repercussions from her recent past. The book goes back and forth between Maya's current experiences and her memories of spiraling down into drug addi ...more
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On a remote island off the southern coast of Chile 19-year-old Maya Vidal uses the notebook given to her by her grandmother – Nini – to record her impressions of this simple life, reflect on her past mistakes and try to come to grips with the turns her life has taken. Through her writings we learn that as an infant she was left with her paternal grandmother and step-grandfather in Berkeley, and raised by them with considerable freedom and lots of love. The dea
Ufffff no deja de sorprender una vez más Isabel Allende entrega una interesante historia, concuerdo con lo que expresa en la contratapa del libro, hay momentos que definitivamente dan ganas de dar un par de cachetadas a esta singular Maya. Algunas citas interesantes:

"Hay gente que cree que todos los duelos se parecen y existen plazos y fórmulas para superarlos. La filosofía estoica de mi Nini es más adecuada en estos casos: A sufrir llaman, apretemos los dientes, decía. Un dolor así, dolor del a
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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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