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In typical Allende fashion, Portrait in Sepia is crammed with love, desire, tragedy, and dark family secrets, all played out against the dramatic backdrop of revolutionary Chile. Our heroine Aurora del Valle's mother is a Chilean-Chinese beauty, while her father is a dissolute scion of the wealthy and powerful del Valle family. At the heart of Aurora's slow, painful re-creation of her childhood towers one of Allende's greatest fictional creations, the heroine's grandmother, Paulina del Valle. An "astute, bewigged Amazon with a gluttonous appetite," Paulina holds both the del Valle family and Allende's novel together as she presides over Aurora's adolescence in a haze of pastries, taffeta, and overweening love.
One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is Allende's decision to turn her heroine into a photographer: "through photography and the written word I try desperately to conquer the transitory nature of my existence, to trap moments before they evanesce, to untangle the confusion of my past." There is little confusion in Allende's elegantly crafted and hugely enjoyable novel. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This was an interesting read. It kept my attention and was a great book to read on my iPad during long summer evenings.Published 10 days ago by Grandma Susan
Good book however the narrative is too long, but overall and with perseverance, it is good.Published 13 days ago by Bertha
Wonderful saga that continues with some of the same characters from "Daughter of Fortune." Long but well worth the read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Library Lady
Portrait in Sepia, is as good, if not better, than Daughter of Fortune.
Not as tedious in her elongated descriptions. Read more
It was a unique story but often the histories of the wars being
Fought went on longer than I would have liked.
Isabel Allende has been one of my favorite authors since "House of the Spirits." Although I have read many of her other books, Allende is such a prolific writer that one... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vicki
Excellent book in general, but there is one gaping plot hole that I can't seem to get past. In the prequel Daughter of Fortune, there is a scene where Paulina del Valle is pregnant... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessica W.