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Maya's Notebook

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  19,144 Ratings  ·  2,228 Reviews
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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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
May 17, 2013 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
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


Isabel Allende Llona, a Chilean-American novelist, has penned an intriguing yet edgy novel, Maya's Notebook that unfolds the story of a teenage girl who after the death of her grandfather, the only supporting figure of her life, she surrounds herself with negative influences like drugs, alcohol and selling her body, which makes her lose herself as she escapes from the authorities as well as from hit man and lands into a quiet and
Jun 12, 2013 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
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction
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
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
Jul 12, 2011 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
Angela M
Jan 03, 2014 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
da AL
I love Allende much of the time. Though not the best of her numerous novels, this one is still worth a read. The Chilean history lessons are welcome, as are as the 'life lessons,' but not their preachy moments. Audiobook reader Maria Cabezas does a terrific job -- but it sure would have been nicer if she'd known how to pronounce South American yerba mate, which is mispronounced several times. Another peeve: in Spanish, popo is the equivalent of caca. The protagonist's endearment for her beloved ...more
May 18, 2013 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
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
Diane Yannick
May 21, 2013 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
May 18, 2013 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.
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
Mar 07, 2013 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 '
Mar 15, 2013 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
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Maya Vidal may only be 20 years old, but she has been through a lot in that short time. Sent to live in a remote village in Chile after battling great challenges in her life, Maya uses her notebook to write about and learn from those challenges. The mistakes from her past will help her to hopefully lead a more productive and promising future.

Told from Maya's point of view, we are transported all over the world. Most of the book takes place in Chiloe, Chile, but you will also spend time in Berke
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "LONG". If I could use more words, it would be "LONG OH MY GOD SO LONG THIS BOOK FELT LIKE IT WAS NEVER GOING TO END".

Seriously. There was just SO MUCH going on in this book. There's the plot dealing with Maya's family. There's the plot dealing with Maya's time in Chile. There's the plot dealing with Maya spiraling out of control. And there's the plot where Maya's life goes totally off the rails in Vegas.

This book is frighteningly dark -
Julie Christine
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
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
Once Upon a Twilight
Feb 21, 2013 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
Alissa Patrick
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous. Haunting. Sad. Happy. Mesmorizing. I'm so happy I found this hidden gem.
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
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 ٤٠٠ 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
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Cada día me enamoro más de Chile y su hermosa gente.
Mal Warwick
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trade-fiction
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
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come in tutti i libri di Isabel Allende che ho letto, anche qui ci sono donne forti, amanti della libertà e della giustizia.

La storia della giovane Maya, diciannovenne americana dai trascorsi burrascosi e tragici, è una storia che si svolge in esilio, in fuga dagli spettri di un passato terribile ed ancora troppo vicino per sentirsi sicuri.

L’esilio in una piccola ed affascinante isola cilena collocata… alla fine del mondo, nell’arcipelago di Chiloé (realmente esistente), le farà incontrare dei p
Cam Mannino
May 23, 2013 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
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
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قبل أن أقرأ هذه الرواية شاهدت تقريباً جميع الندوات التي أقامتها إيزابيل الليندي وقت صدور الرواية بالإنجليزية آنذاك. تكتب الليندي روايتها من أحداث عاشتها أو تعايشها. مثلاً مايا مدمنة المخدرات والتي رسمتها بصورة متقنة جداً تأثرت بها من ابن زوجها السابق الذي ادمن وعانت معه كامل عائلته عندما كان يأخذ العلاج وكما قالت في أحد الندوات حتى وإن كان العلاج غير فعّال كان علينا أن نصمد ونسلم للأمر ونعانيه معاً.

عشت أجواء جزيرة تشيلوي الصخرية والتي تقع في أقصى تشيلي وتعرفت على عاداتهم وقصصهم الخرافية التي لا
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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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“Mi Popo decía que el amor nos vuelve buenos. No importa a quién amemos, tampoco importa ser correspondidos o si la relación es duradera. Basta la experiencia de amar, eso nos transforma.” 33 likes
“Es fácil juzgar a otros cuando uno no ha sufrido esa experiencia” 29 likes
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