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Eva Luna
Isabel Allende
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Eva Luna

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  24,029 ratings  ·  708 reviews
En Eva Luna , su tercera novela, Isabel Allende recupera su país a través de la memoria y la imaginación. La cautivadora protagonista de esta historia constituye un nostálgico álter ego de la autora, que se llama a sí misma «ladrona de historias» precisamente porque en las historias radica el secreto de la vida y el mundo. Novela de hondo perfil humano, Eva Luna funde el d ...more
Published by French & European Publications Inc (first published 1987)
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Jul 24, 2007 Audrey rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
Rosa Ramôa
"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)
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
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
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
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
Adrienne Boudreau
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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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
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
Octavio Navarro
Aug 08, 2007 Octavio Navarro rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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.
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
Zoe Brown
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
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
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
Phillip Kay
Now finished, and wow! At first it reminded me strongly of Fina Estampa by Caetano Veloso, so much so that I went looking for a song called Eva Luna which wasn't there. I read recently an exact parallel of the episode of the bald patrina in a story in Ihara Saikaku's Life of an Amorous Woman written in 17th century Japan (basis for Misoguchi's Life of Oharu for those interested), which was odd. Allende's book manages to be about many diverse things: a picaresque soap opera; the story of Latin Am ...more
After reading "100 Years of Solitude" I wanted to read a good yarn. It needed to span a long period of time set in an unnamed country in South America where the main character faces so many twists and turns that you almost don't believe it but you decide to carry on.

We begin with an indian who gets accidently poisoned but gets bedded by a woman who bears a child out of wedlock. The mother and child goes work for an eccentric American who happens to be a mortician among his other scientific inter
Georgette Ioannitca
Για να είμαι ειλικρινής είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο της Αλιέντε που διάβασα και ομολογώ ότι μου άρεσε τόσο η γραφή της αλλά και η πλοκή και μου κίνησε το ενδιαφέρον να διαβάσω και άλλα έργα της.Μια ιστορία όπου πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο,μέσω της αφήγησης,έχει η γυναίκα φεμινίστρια( προχωρημένη για τα εκεί δεδομένα) πολύ δυναμική,ερωτική και μια ωριμότητα από την παιδική της ηλικία ώς την ενηλικίωσή της.Η συγγραφέας με την άμμεση γραφή της και μέσα από την ιστορία δεν αφήνει έξω και την πολιτική περνώντας δι ...more
I was captured from the start, with Eva we twist and turn through different locations and watch her grow up. Loved her mother. The last third was slightly silly though!
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?
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
This was a very interesting book. Eva Luna explains her childhood through telling stories. She is narrating the events of her life and her eventual lover's, Rolf Carle. Eva Luna is also a story teller to the characters in the book. An orphan at a young age she bounces from benefactor to benefactor charming and escaping through her stories. There are only a couple of actual stories in the book but it is referenced a lot. It was a nice juxtaposition that the way she tells her story is like a fairy ...more
Chamo-me Eva Luna, que quer dizer vida (...) Nasci no quarto dos fundos de uma casa sombria e cresci entre móveis antigos, livros em latim e múmias humanas, mas isso não me tornou melancólica, porque vim ao mundo com um sopro de selva na memória.

in Eva Luna

Apresento-vos Eva Luna, filha da selva e do analfabetismo, assim como de golpes e ditaduras militares, alternados com períodos de estabilidade democrática. Com vida de saltimbanco, a estória da protagonista deste livro acaba por invocar as div
Greg Bascom
EVA LUNA is the story of an impoverished, illegitimate servant girl, orphaned at age six, illiterate in her formative years for lack of formal education, who simply loves to tell stories and becomes a TV scriptwriter. She is mentored by the evasive ghost of her mother, an opportunistic godmother, a quirky woman who sleeps in a coffin and a confused female transvestite dressed as a woman. The time span is roughly three decades that include the Vietnam War, jet planes, soap operas and the United S ...more
When I say this book is a tapestry, I do not mean in the cloying blah blah blah rich tapestry of life blah blah arsehole broadsheet arts reviewer kind of way. I mean it is actually like a tapestry - an pretty much static image that is none the less bright, colourful and at times exquisitely worked. There is not a story per se, more a sequence of fairly improbable events that act like the threads in the tapestry rather than distinct images depicted upon it. What the tapestry really depicts is rat ...more
While this book was, at times, powerfully written and while I didn't have as much of an aversion to the "mystical realism" (Janaki's categorization) bit as I thought I would, I also didn't feel all that moved by the story. I identified with the characters, especially early on, but the obsession with pinning down the kind of falling in love they were all doing was kind of annoying- the exaggerated romp in the sheets with a cherubic pair of female cousins who smelled like cloves, lemon, vanilla, b ...more
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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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“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,' my mother explained shortly before she left me. 'If you can remember me, I will be with you always.” 427 likes
“She sowed in my mind the idea that reality is not only what we see on the surface; it has a magical dimension as well and, if we so desire, it is legitimate to enhance it and color it to make our journey through life less trying.” 61 likes
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