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Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
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For all her talents as a storyteller, the word that Isabel Allende brings to mind in this book is "light." It's not that she doesn't write well but this is like one of those stories that even if you don't know what's going to happen next, you know that any tragedy won't last long and any happiness won't either, until the end when it'll all work out in its fashion. This is neither gripping nor much of a page-turner for that reason; there's no real dramatic tension. The romance lacks passion, the humor is weak and the secondary characters are more kooky and quaint than engaging; it's all just flat. I like Isabel Allende as a person and feel she gets a raw deal from the closed circle of mostly-male writers here (who come off more as envious of her sales than justified in their criticism) but when she's not writing about the military coup of 1973, I feel a distance in her writing that I can't shake. A nice story here but no more than that.
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