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Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés, a seamstress, finds herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or hope for the future. It is the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when her shiftless husband disappears to the New World, Inés uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and...more
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Published November 7th 2006 by Harper (first published 2006)
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Fahad
إنيس.. حبيبة روحي

نهاية العام 2013 م، أقوم بترتيب أوراقي، إنجاز مهامي المؤجلة، مراجعة حصيلتي خلال العام، بل مراجعة ذاتي كاملة، كل نهاية عام وبداية آخر، هي فرصة لكل تلك الغربلة والتدقيق، ومراجعة الخطط وإعادة بعثها بثوب جديد.

وفي مثل هذه الأوقات ألجأ إلى الفاتنة التشيلية، هي وحدها من تحمل لي كتبها حنواً خاصاً، هي وحدها من تكتب باستمتاع تام، وبقدرة مذهلة على ملاحقة التفاصيل، ولم تخيبني... ايزابيل لا تفعل، هكذا قصت لي في ليالي الشتاء، حيث يولد عام ويموت آخر، قصة مذهلة، عن إنيس سواريث، المرأة الإسبان...more
Mashael Alamri

كانت هذه الرواية نائمة في مكتبتي منذ زمن لم يخطر ببالي أن أسحب ذلك الكتاب الذي يحمل صورة تلك الفتاة على غلافه كنت أقول سيكون هناك متسع لقراءة قصة حب , لكن ليس الآن وأسحب ما يقع بجانبها من كتب ,

في ذلك اليوم جاء دور الكتاب ووقع بين يدي تصفحته شدتني بدايته فغرقت بين حروفه مباشرة ,قررت أن أبدأ رحلتي مع إزابيل اللندي , تبدأ إنيس بسرد ما بذاكرتها لابنتها تحدثت عنما عاصرته عن الحب والحرب والثورات , كيف أنها ولأجل الحياة هاجرت تبحث عن الحرية بعيداً عن مدينتها سينتياغو لتجد نفسها محاصرة بسنتياغو أخرى تت...more
Shriya
A very 'Inés' kind of review:

I have been a reader for the last eleven years and am now the loyal fan of Isabel Allende , writing this review of Inés of My Soul in the year of Our Lord 2012.I am not sure whether this review will convince anyone to read this book but I am sure this is one of the best historical novels ever written and Isabel Allende is, undoubtedly, the only writer who hovers between a historian, a storyteller and a feminist.

As a result this book isn't limited to a singl...more
Agnes
Apr 19, 2007 Agnes rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in South American history
While this did not live up to some of Isabel Allende's other work in terms of either writing style or character development, the history was fascinating. It is a fictionalized account of the founding of Chile, told through the eyes of the "mother of the country," the leading conquistador's mistress. The book is written to be her memoirs, so there are rather annoying interludes in which the narrator is in her "present day," talking about how she must finish the story before she dies, blah blah bl...more
Amal Fahad
Apr 29, 2011 Amal Fahad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Arwa
كيف لي أن أكتب سيرةً عنّي إن لم أكن مثلها أو أفضل؟

القرن السادس عشر؛ تبدأ الرواية ببدايته, إنيس, الفتاة الخيّاطه, وأفضل من صنع الفطائر تُصبح ملكةً لمملكة لم تعرف بوجودها قبلاً .. لُعبة الأقدار.

وصفها يكادُ يكون مستحيلاً, أكادُ أُقسم أنني أشمُّ رائحة الدم, وطعم الجوع, وقشعريرة البرد, والخوف, والعطش والألم, يكادُ نفسي يتوقف أثناء الحروب, وأبتسمُ فرحاً بكيفية إعادة البناء للمدن, وتربية الحيوانات وزرعُ الثمار, يزدادُ قهري بالوحشية والإغتصاب, وخداعُ الحروب يدهشني, وموتُ الأبطال يتركُ بنفسي حُزناً غريبا...more
Lona
تحذير:- هذه المراجعة تكشف بعض مما جاء في الرواية
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{سأميت هذا اللعين شر ميتة...
شر ميتة، هناك ميتات كثير من هذه في مملكتنا، تُثقل على ضميرنا إلى الأبد}


يبدو أن قيام حضارة على وجه هذه الأرض يستلزم أولاً وأخيراً ثمناً باهظاً أحمر اللون لزج يروي به بني البشر الأرض أولاً قبل أن يُشمروا عن سواعدهم لبنائها. هذا النوع من الروايات أعيش معها لحظات لا توصف فبالإضافة لكونها رواية لكنها تكشف النقاب عن حقائق وأماكن لم أضع في الحسبان أبداً أني في يوم من الأيام سأتعرف على بعض خبايا "عنوانها"، لأ...more
Omama
كنت أتمنى أن أتفلسف -كما هي العادة- وأطبق النظريات التي درستها وأنقد الترجمة، لكن صالح علماني عبقري ولا يترك مجالًا لذلك. لدي تعليق على ترجمة العنوان, أحسست أنه لا يمتلك موسيقى العنوان الانجليزي:"Ines of my soul" لو كنت مكان المترجم ربما كنت سأقول: "إنيسُ روحي" ولكن ذلك لا يبدو منسجمًا، لأن الاسم ليس عربيًا. وبما أنه ليس بيدي تغيير اسم البطلة، ربما أوافق على إضافة: "حبيبة" في النهاية، أو أن أقدم كتابًا بلا عنوان. المهم: صالح علماني يفوز.

إيزابيل -كما هي عادتها- تبهرنا بنسيج قصصي متقن لأقصى درجة،...more
Becky
3.5 Stars

This is my second book by Allende, and I can understand why people love her writing so much. She is a beautiful storyteller and her writing is so evocative and lovely and honest without being flowery or overdone. I love that quality in a writer - it's one of my favorite things about Colleen McCullough as well, especially in Tim. That book was my introduction to McCullough and it made a deep impression on me and instantly became one of my favorite books. Crap. Now I want to read it again...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Inés Suárez is a heroine that will stick with me for a long time. At the book's opening, she estimates she's about seventy years old and is going to soon die. In the rambling way of someone working through their memories, distracted at times by side stories and the need to unburden her soul, Inés' story unfolds.

Born to an ordinary Spanish family, she and her childhood lover are caught up in the adventures of the Americas and the untold riches any man can claim. She goes to join him after he lea...more
Tasneem
Feb 16, 2012 Tasneem rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tasneem by: Mohammad
Shelves: wish-to-read, 2011
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Katie
Dec 21, 2007 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Quickly summed up, Isabel Allende's novel: Ines of My Soul, is a "true" account about Dona Ines Saurez who left Spain in the 1500's to go to the Americas and ended up helping conquering parts of Chile. I find it sad that it took over 400 years for her part in history to be recognized.

I have never read a book by Isabel Allende. This was recommended to me by a friend. So I cannot compare this to any of her other works.

I do not know much about Chilean or Peruvian history, so I found this novel to b...more
Sarah
15/2 - I know almost nothing about South American history - I have heard of the Aztecs and the Incas and some of the myths surrounding them (mostly from movies), but I don't know any of the historical figures of any past era (or really even, the current era). I have wanted to read an Isabel Allende book for years and until I started reading this a few minutes ago I had no idea that it was about real people from the past. I am intrigued and excited to continue my first historical fiction from Sou...more
Oona
Well, Isabel Allende has been one of my favorite writers since high school. I read The House of the Spirits and fell in love with her fantastical and historical story. I've been a devoted reader of her stuff throughout the years. Unfortunately, I haven't yet found another of her books that resonates as much as House of the Spirit did and this book is no exception. The book is about the Spanish conquest of Chile and includes a lot of interesting history and well-developed characters. The battle s...more
Alhaifaa
رواية ساحرة تأخذك لأمريكا اللاتينية ( تشيلي ) بأحداثها الآسرة بالسرد التاريخي للمعارك والحب !
كيف تغزو الأرض والقلب ؟
Stuart
Inés of My Soul is a fantastic book to read if you enjoy fictional literature which also manages to be educational. Although, calling this book 'fictional' is not entirely true, given that Inés Suárez, as well as many of the other characters in the book such as Rodrigo de Quiroga and Pedro de Valdivia, were real, living conquistadors of the 1500's. There is an authors note at the book of the book which states;

"This novel is a work of intuition, but any similarity to events and persons related to...more
Eman.
أول شيء قمت به بعد الإنتهاء من قراءة هذه الملحمة ..
هو البحث عن صورة جميع الأشخاص الذين ذكروا في هذه الرواية ، و أولهم " إنيس سواريث" ..

هذه الرواية قطعة من التاريخ ، شيء جديد وفريد لم أعرفه من قبل ،
تاريخ قيام دولة تشيلي ، على يد غزاة أسبان ، كل تلك المذابح ، والحروب الدامية
والصراعات القاسية .. تثير الرعبة ، وطريقة موت بيدرو دي بالديبييا هي الأكثر
رعبًا !!

في قرائتي لهذه الرواية ، لا يمكن أن أصف كيف كنت ركض خلف السطور
بعيني ، كل شيء في الرواية قريب جدًا من الأحداث ، شعرت كأنني أمام شاشة
عرض ، والمشاهد...more
Tammy
Having read and loved The House of Spirits(possibly my favourite book of all time), I've come to expect only the best from Isabel Allende.

She is, I believe, one of the few authors whose descriptive, multi-layered and hypnotic prose make the reader feel as if they were actually living and experiencing the heart and soul of her stories instead of just merely reading it.

And with this book, it's no different.

Inés of my soul chronicles the life of real life sixteenth-century heroine, Doña Inés Suáre...more
Courtney
This is a historical fiction novel, based on the true story of Inés Suárez, a poor Spanish woman who travels to Peru to find her husband (who left her for the adventure of the Americas) in the 1500's. Finding her husband is an excuse for her to leave her hometown and be free. In Spain she was left in limbo as basically a widow waiting for husband, who she may never have had word of. In Peru, she learns of her husband's death and then meets Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and Francisco Pizarro's fiel...more
Tiffany
Jun 21, 2009 Tiffany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tiffany by: Anne
Inés of my Soul is a fictional account of the true life of Inés Suarez, conquistadora of Chile during the sixteenth century. Allende is "making up" for the fact that no true historical account of Suarez's experiences in establishing Chile currently exists.

I loved many things about this book. I very much enjoyed learning about the history of Chile and South America in general, things I knew nothing about before reading this book. It inspired me to research the Spanish occupation of South America...more
Carmen
Ever since I finished my undergrad degree, I've always wanted to read a book in Spanish - just to say I've done it and I hear that Allende is a fantastic writer!

My expectations were lived up to by this book. I didn't read it in Spanish, but it was a GREAT read. It was a fictional history book on the founding of Chile in South America. It is therefore, set in the 1500's and from the viewpoint of a woman - Ines Suarez. She takes us through her life story and her part in the founding Santiago, Chil...more
Khadija Maqableh
عندما قرأت الفقرة المكتوبة على ظهر الكتاب ظننت أن الرواية تسير في زمنين وهذا حقيقة ما دفعني لشرائها وتفضيلها على كتاب آخر لإيزابيل نسيت اسمه ولكنه أشبه بالسيرة الذاتية، ولكن خاب ظني في مسار الروايةولمّا يخب في قدرة الكاتبة على اجتراح معجزة الإيهام والتخييل، أسرعت في إنجاز قراءة الرواية وراودتني أحلام عديدة حول أرواح القادة وأساليب القتال وفنون الهجوم والدفاع، حدث لست معتادة عليه أثناء القراءة إلا أنه تم بلا صخب أو جلبة، تماما مثل قدرة الراوية على إسكات صوت الحرب بالحب أثناء السرد بالطبع وليس على...more
Safey
إنيس حبيبة روحي ..
يعطيك اسم الرواية انطباعاً عن صفحات رقيقة من الحب العذب الشفاف و لكن بين طياتها حملت الكثير من السواد و القسوة و الظلم و الاستعباد . و كانت غنية بالمعلومات التاريخية .
تلخص الرواية قصة فتح ممكلة تشيلي و بناءها و تأسيسها على يد بيدرو دي بالديبيا و دونيا إنيس سواريث (الراوية).
حيث تغادر إنيس اسبانيا كخياطة فقيرة باحثة عن زوجها المغامر لتصبح هناك بعدما تقاطعت أقدارها مع بالديبيا خليلته و حاكمة تشيلي معه .

رغم أن المؤلفة إسبانية لم تنكر الوحشية و الهمجية التي اتبعها الإسبان الفاتحين أ...more
El frío misterio
May 15, 2011 El frío misterio rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chilenos y personas interesadas en la historia de sudamérica
No sabía de qué era el libro antes de comenzar a leerlo, por lo que me sorprendió en las primeras páginas cuando descubrí que era de la historia de Chile por allá por el siglo XVI, y más aún al terminarlo y haberme dado cuenta que me encantó y aprendí mucho de mi país. No lo encuentro muy similar a otros libros de Allende que he leído, pero no iría tan lejos como otros reviews que dicen que es algo completamente distinto.

El libro habla sobre Inés de Suárez, mujer de la cual no se habla mucho en...more
Merredith
Dec 31, 2010 Merredith rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
I like Isabelle Allende and I had no idea what this book was about before I started reading it. I was pleasantly surprised when I started, to find that it is a historical account of the founding of Chile in the 1500s. I oh-so-briefly learned about the conquistadores back in 6th grade or so, and have not learned much about any of that since. I think maybe we touched on it in high school spanish class. The whole thing was so lifelike and realistic. A lot of historical novels are kind of romantic b...more
David
Isabel Allende is Chile's most famous author. She is recognized worldwide for her novels, most of which are described as "magic realism" (magical elements in a realistic setting). This work, however, tells the story of the original conquest of Chile through the eyes of Ines Suarez. Her story begins in Spain in the early 1500s. She comes to Peru in search of her husband (who died before she could find him). She becomes the mistress of Pedro de Valdivia, but we soon discover she is no home-body. T...more
Bev
I listened to this on tape in the car, and I have to say first that Blair Brown is a wonderful reader. I've heard her read a few books now, and she always does a nice job. She reads this one with a pseudo-Spanish accent, and while it's not consistent and sometimes becomes a bit "cheesy," the overall narration is still quite enjoyable.

This story was often fascinating, but sometimes it dragged. I think Agnes' review below sums up my opinion perfectly, so I'm re-stating it here. I hope you don't mi...more
Beth Maddaus
I have long been an admirer of Isabel Allende's books and was delighted to find that her latest book, Ines of My Soul is about a famous conquistadora of Chile who in the mid-16th century helps to build the city of Santiago.

The book begins with this fascinating woman's youth in Spain where she marries a man, Juan de Malaga, who leaves her in Spain to pursue riches in the Americas.

After several years in Spain as a "widow of the Americas", Ines negotiates a permit that will allow her to travel acro...more
Laura
This is the story of Inés Suárez, an actual historic figure who lived in the early-mid 1500's. She was apparently one of the founders of Chile. In this novel, Inés is a very old woman about to die and is recounting the story of her adventure-filled life to her daughter. She was born and spent her childhood in Spain, made her way alone to the New World. She lived in Peru for a short period of time and fell in love with a soldier/adventurer and together they lead an expedition to Chile and founded...more
Kristy
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Shoshi ♥~
تجربة أولى لإيزابيل الليندي ...تجربة ذهبية وأود تكرارها حتماً ...

الليندي هي الروائية التشيلية والمدافعة عن حقوق المرأة ...
وفي هذا الكتاب كتبت ببراعة عن موطنها الأصلى في ملحمة تاريخية تجسد الحب والمجد ..



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