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Maya's Notebook

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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 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
B the BookAddict
Jan 25, 2016 B the BookAddict rated it really liked it
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
Meg - A Bookish Affair
May 02, 2013 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2013
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
Jun 12, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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
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
Aug 14, 2011 Pedro Benitez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Denise Gianelli
Nov 09, 2015 Denise Gianelli rated it liked it

Isabel Allende is the author of Maya's Notebook. This is my first book by this author but not my last. I am reading this book because much of the book occurs in Chile on a small island off of Chile's coast. There are many others places mentioned in this novel. This is a great story that shows how a dramatic loss in 19 year old Maya's life caused her to spiral into a life of drugs, alcohol, prostitution, crime and violence. The reader learns about her life through Maya reading her journals that a
Angela M
Feb 23, 2014 Angela M rated it liked it
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
Diane Yannick
May 21, 2013 Diane Yannick rated it really liked it
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
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
May 18, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 31, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it
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
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
Tariq Alferis
.دائمًا أقع في فخ التوقعات القراءة الثالثة والرابعة لنفس المؤلف…لأنه في كُل مرة نتوقع أنه حانحس بنفس الدهشة الأولى ..ايزابيل ألليندي تزخر بالدهشة ، لكن في دفتر مايا تزخر بالضجر والغباء لشخوص الرواية، لايوجد أسوء من أن تكون الشخصية روائية "انثى"، وفوق هذا "مُراهقة"، وفوق هذا
كله"أمريكية"..غباء لايضاهيه إلا كاتنيس في ثلاثية سوزان كولينز.
عند الانتهاء من أكثر من صفحة ذكرتني إيزابيل بمقولة عند الشعب في كوبا فالكوبيّون كانوا يقولون (إنّ كاسترو إذا أراد أن يقول شيئاً يتحدث ست ساعات كي لا يقول شيئاً!!)
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
Once Upon a Twilight
Feb 21, 2013 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 26, 2013 Elyse rated it it was amazing
I adore Isabelle Allende. I've met her twice --(she is actually shorter than me: I love my small girlfriends-we can exchange clothes).

I've had a secret wish (shhhhhhhhh), to be 'part-of-Isabelle's-tribe' for years (take long walks with-talk-share-soak in the warm pools of Calistoga). Heck, I'd be happy to cook she and her husband dinner at 'our' house!

I've enjoyed EVERY book by Isabelle Allende. *ALL* have been different ---*ALL* I've enjoyed!!! This book is no exception.

Maya's Notebook is a '
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
Sonia M
May 01, 2016 Sonia M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Ενδιαφέρουσα η ιδέα της αυτοκαταστροφικής έφηβης που χρειάζεται να απομονωθεί σ'ένα σχεδόν πρωτόγονο χωριό για να βρει τον εαυτό της και να θεραπευτεί από τις εξαρτήσεις της. Επιστροφή στη μητέρα φύση, αναμόχλευση του παρελθόντος και συνειδητοποίηση του εαυτού φέρνει τη γιατρειά. Η μετάβαση από το παρελθόν στο παρόν που αφορά τόσο την ηρωίδα όσο και την ιστορία μιας ολόκληρης χώρας γίνεται ομοιόμορφα και κλιμακώνει την αφήγηση ώσπου να αποκαλυφθούν τα μυστικά. Μου άρεσε επιπλέον η αναφορά στα έθ ...more
Alissa Patrick
Nov 06, 2014 Alissa Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous. Haunting. Sad. Happy. Mesmorizing. I'm so happy I found this hidden gem.
Mal Warwick
May 07, 2013 Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing
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
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
Cam Mannino
May 31, 2013 Cam Mannino rated it it was ok
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
Nov 26, 2013 Sealove rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 13, 2013 Josue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 05, 2016 Joy rated it it was ok
Shelves: around-the-world
This book was read for my 2016 Reading Challenge Around the World in 80 Books

Where to begin with this book. Maybe a recap first, and then my thoughts afterwards, as I’m still processing them all. Maya’s Notebook is the story of young Maya Vidal, a teenager escaping possible federal crimes to a remote island off the coast of Chile. As Maya hides out from the authorities, she begins to discover parts of herself that been hiding as well.

OK, I really thought I’d like this book. Isabel Allende is a
Dec 28, 2015 Regina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Cada día me enamoro más de Chile y su hermosa gente.
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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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