Allende is my favourite author, hands down. I always love her novels, even Zorro, which I learned from this book was a commission piece. I always findAllende is my favourite author, hands down. I always love her novels, even Zorro, which I learned from this book was a commission piece. I always find her memoirs revealing, because they help me understand a bit more of the magic that goes into her novels, and this book was no different. It picks up after her daughter's death (chronicled in Paula), and tells the story of the tribe around her. Incredibly entertaining, always interesting -- my favourite storyteller does it again with humor and grace....more
One of my wonderful friends sent me an early release copy of this book and I about died when I opened the package. Allende is my FAVOURITE author of aOne of my wonderful friends sent me an early release copy of this book and I about died when I opened the package. Allende is my FAVOURITE author of all time (ALL TIME #kanyeshrug) and I quickly gobble up any book that she writes. (Even Zorro, which was a book handed to her instead of a story of her own devising).
When I was reading her memoirs, I hadn't previously realized how much of her life she truly puts into these books. The relationship to her books and the 1973 coup in Chile seems incredibly obvious, having been a cousin to the late President. But having read her memoir about her daughter Paula as well as The Sum of Our Days, I started to realize just how much inspiration she drew from real life stories.
Maya's Notebook is no exception. I remembered a section either in Paula or SoOD that talks about her husband's daughter, who disappeared after becoming a drug addict and was never found. That seems to be the inspiration behind this book. I could clearly see where this was headed. The same archetypical characters that are found in every Allende book appear in this one as well. And the magical realism is less blatant than in her previous books, but it is still there.
My major sticking point with the novel was how old Maya seemed when narrating her story. I guess it makes sense, but her phrasing came off a bit older than her 20 years. It would surprise me when you'd have sudden switches into her being a typical teenager. That doesn't mean I didn't love this book and devour it in three sittings, but I think that's really the major thing that's off-putting about this book....more