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Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende
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Jul 30, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: strong-female, historical, favorites

"You will find, señora, that these conquistadors have no shame. They arrive as beggars, they act like thieves, and then they behave as if they were lords of the world."

These conquistadors from Spain once came to my country, the Philippines, and lived like the lords of the world. The horrendous things happened to Chile were the same things happened to my country: they took advantage of our land & resources, abused our natives, ruined our culture, and imposed their religion. The Indians in their land, however, were different from our natives. Indians fought endlessly unlike the Filipinos who embraced the presence of the conquistadors. I don't know if it was because of inherent hospitality of the Filipinos or the desire to avoid of conflict. As a result, the Spaniards colonized us for more than 300 years.

Inés of My Soul is a fresh perspective to read. I usually read about being colonized because of our history, not from the eyes of the colonizers. Inés Suárez wrote about her love and adventures from Spain to Peru and Chile. Her manuscripts were for her daughter to read. These were mostly ignored by historians for centuries (I think because of her gender).
"Courage is a virtue appreciated in a male but considered a defect in our gender. Bold women are a threat to a world that is badly out of balance, in favor of men. That is why they work so hard to mistreat us and destroy us."

The autobiographical book was woven by intuition of Isabel Allende, meticulously crafted and researched.
"We are off to Chile, Inés of my soul. ."

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Reading Progress

July 30, 2016 – Shelved
July 30, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
March 4, 2017 – Started Reading
March 4, 2017 –
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March 5, 2017 –
page 160
March 6, 2017 –
page 194
March 14, 2017 –
page 216
March 15, 2017 –
page 239
March 16, 2017 –
page 282
March 17, 2017 – Shelved as: strong-female
March 17, 2017 – Shelved as: historical
March 19, 2017 – Finished Reading
September 5, 2017 – Shelved as: favorites

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