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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553280589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553173307
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A woman makes love to an Indian dying of snakebite, miraculously restoring him to life and engendering a daughter named Eva"so she will love life." Thus begins Allende's latest novel, a magnificent successor to The House of the Spirits and Of Love & Shadows. Set in a Latin American country, it relates Eva's picaresque adventures. Brought up in the house of an eccentric doctor devoted to mummifying corpses, where her mother is a servant, Eva is left an orphan at six. Her black godmother, or madrina , leases her as a servant to a series of bizarre households of metaphorical significance, the last of which she leaves in grand style upon emptying a government Minister's chamberpot over his head. Interleaved with Eva's story is her account of a certain Rolf Carle, with whom her life will become linkedshe tells of his youth in Nazi Austria and young manhood as a filmmaker in South America. Through a series of improbable and felicitous coincidences, Eva is taken under the wing of such exotic benefactors as a street urchin who becomes a guerrilla leader, a colorful whorehouse Madam, a kindly Turkish merchant and a stunningly beautiful transsexual. Like the author, Eva is a prodigious fabulist, weaving extraordinary tales that change reality at will, making it, as she says, easier to bear. Although the fabulist's art is seen as dangerously escapist, Allende's wonderful novel, crammed with the strange and fantastical, the sensuous and the erotic, also speaks powerfully in the cause of freedom. 40,000 first printing; BOMC and QPBC alternate.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Born in the back room of the mansion where her mother toils, and herself in service from an early age, the enchanting and ever-enchanted Eva Luna escapes oppression through story telling. Rolf Carle flees Germany for South America, and ultimately works as a documentary film maker, to escape childhood memories of burying the concentration camp dead. The two are brought together by guerrilla Huberto NaranjoEva's lover and a subject for Rolf's camerain this dense, opulent novel that serves as a metaphor for redemption through creative effort. In her earlier works ( The House of the Spirits, LJ 4/15/85; Of Love and Shadows, LJ 5/1/87), Allende's rich language occasionally shaded into overripeness; but here the prose is more tightly controlled, the characterizations defter. Her best work yet. BOMC alternate. Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of eight novels, including, most recently, Zorro, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, including My Invented Country and Paula; and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.

My thoughts on Kindle en Español:

"El impacto de los libros electrónicos es formidable y está remeciendo a la industria del libro tanto como a los lectores. Aunque todavía la idea es relativamente nueva en español, ya se ha extendido en otras lenguas tan dramáticamente, que muchos autores nuevos publican en versión digital, saltándose a las editoriales. Confieso que soy adicta a mis Kindle y mi IPad, donde leo con letra grande y clara, en una pantalla liviana. Antes viajaba con una maleta de libros, ahora llevo mi biblioteca en la cartera y puedo adquirir nuevos libros en cualquier parte del mundo en pocos segundos. Dicen que los jóvenes le tienen miedo al papel y no tienen el hábito de leer - lo cual no es totalmente cierto - pero ahora pueden leer en sus pantallas. También dicen que la ficción desaparecerá, pero eso jamás ocurrirá, porque la humanidad necesita historias tanto como necesita oxígeno. Tal vez en el futuro el libro, ese compañero maravilloso, será un objeto de coleccionistas y de bibliotecas y nosotros, simples mortales, leeremos en pantallas. Pero seguiremos leyendo, de eso no tengo dudas." Isabel Allende

Customer Reviews

She writes in a very typical style.
Laudine Fuld
I originally bought this book for a class in school and ended dropping the class.
Roxey P
I get very involved in the story and characters.
Michael R. Decker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Are you looking to add some vivid color into your life?
Isabel Allende's literary and highly imaginative writing
style will captivate and and delight you in this highly
visual and sensual novel. I found this book to be much
better and less formulaic than the HOUSE OF SPIRITS was. The
character is fully fleshed out and seems more real; perhaps
because the protagonist is a woman, Eva Luna herself, and in
the other book, Allende offers the narrative through a
domineering and somewhat obtuse man's eyes. The growth of
Eva Luna is beautifually told and readers will identify with
her throughout. This evocative novel set my imagination on
fire and made all the colors in my world appear brighter
while I was reading it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bonita L. Davis on January 23, 2002
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Conceived on her father's deathbed and almost strangled to death by her umbilical cord, the baby who emerged would become the woman, Eva Luna. Her birth is incredible and her life is even more so as Eva spins for us her story and the story of those who impacted her life.
Isabel Allende captivates the reader by having us take a glimpse of the life and times of Eva Luna, a child whose life is so surreal and incredible to the point where fact and fantasy become one and the same. Eva's voice sweeps us into the dark world of perverts, undesirables and revolutionaries. Through Eva's stories you get a closer look at a society rotten at its core while masquerading as a democracy.
Come with Eva, as a little girl where she plays with a stuffed puma owned by a mad-man who uses Indians for his embalming experiments. Watch as this orphaned girl is "sold" off by her strange godmother who believes in the gods of her ancesteral Africa and the saints of Catholicism. Watch Eva as she grows from childhood to adolescense to an adult who has to confront the reality of love and revolution.
EVA LUNA is a lyric tale whose language draws you immediately into the life of the character and her supporting cast. You feel a deep empathy for this woman and you see through her eyes the contradictions that life has to offer. Allende has given us an exceptional work that explores both the spiritual, political and sensual side of a woman caught up in the stream of chaos in her South American country. Come, let Eva tell you a story, her story and you will find yourself unable to tear yourself away from her amazing tale.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on November 2, 2003
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Sometimes, actually pretty often, Isabel Allende's writing overflows with her own love of language, and you kinds want her to dial it down a little. Not so much, however, in Eva Luna. The writing is more controlled; the book reads as tho an editor actually paid some attention to it before sending it to press.
Child of a servant, the beautiful and enchanting Eva Luna escapes into lyrical storytelling when life gets too tough to bear. She and Rolf, a film maker, are brought together through Eva's guerrilla lover. The result is a lovely piece of literature that works as a metaphor for salvation through creativity.
It's a good one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
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This amazing story of an orphan whose life seemed to have finished an expedition through the most enigmatic and most pleasurable world, is the novel that is to be never forgotten because of its amazing magic. Magic that will serve as your carpet ride through the most amazing story of a woman's life: Eva Luna's. Eva Luna, the sexy, naughty, adorable, beautiful woman is a shining proof of the existence of literature's wonders. Isabel Allende created a literary jewel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By saliero on March 6, 2001
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I found the first half of the book put-downable, meaning that I didn't have a COMPULSION to read it. Nevertheless, I kept it with me and was enchanted whenever I was reading. [NB It evoked similar feelings when reading it to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love In The Time of Cholera, so if you liked that, you will surely like this]
However, as Eva moved out of her childhood, and the character range widened, the book became more and more un-put-downable, to the point where I was reading it walking down the street.
Allende is a beautiful story-teller. That you learn about the social and historical background of Chile - unstated, but unmistakeable) is a subtly conveyed bonus.
Thoroughly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mari on March 1, 2000
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This is one of my favorite books, and I recommend it to everyone. I love the main character, Eva Luna, a strong young woman with a no-nonsense approach to life and love. The stories are enticing and complex, so well written you'll feel you're actually living the scene. Read it and then buy the sequel, Tales of Eva Luna, which is also excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laudine Fuld on February 9, 2000
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I think this book illustrates the situation in revolutionairy Chile very well. But it also gives the reader a very fine view on the South-American life. I must say that a reader has to be interested in these two subjects. But that is a rule for any Allende book. If you read one and you enjoyed it, you might read them all (and there are a lot of books written by her). She writes in a very typical style. Very much her own style, but I think it has so many Southern influences, the siësta-style perhaps. The sentences are sometimes a bit difficult, but the story is so wonderfully built from the first brick to the last one. I would really advise anyone to read the book. It is a bit sad, but also a big victory on life. Absolutely great how abstract it is written, from one thing to the opposite...
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