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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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Maybe it's me, but I had a hard time getting "into" this book.
DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE is absolutely a pre-requisite for PORTRAIT IN SEPIA; this is the only way to truly appreciate this masterpiece, or literary work of art.
It's a great story, written in beautiful prose, the characters are memorable, the story line believable.
Exception sequel to Daughter of Fortune!! Love both these books. Love anything by Isabel Allende! she is a fabulous storyteller!!Published 1 month ago by s. philo
Once I was hooked on the story told by Isabel Allende!! She one of my favorite authors and find her characters enchanting!Published 3 months ago by M. Massey
By accident I read "Portrait of a daughter" this summer and then someone told me that there was a book that followed it. I loved the first one so much that I bought it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by stephanie
I had read it is Spanish, and re-read in English to make sure I didn't miss anything. It's a great story, written in beautiful prose, the characters are memorable, the story line... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nancy Andrews
Book #71 Read in 2013
Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
This book is a family saga book. Aurora tells the story of her family--past and present. Read more
There are very few authors who mirror my sensuous outlook on life; hence I'm largely disappointed with novels. Isabel Allende is a perfect fit. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Aromasmom
Rarely do readers in America get to dive into foreign literature. Translations are too few, and the costs ordinarily require great success in the mother tongue prior to a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Miami Bob
I love visiting this era and Allende captures it and dsecribes it from a woman's point of view beautifully. I recommend this, House of Spirits and Daughter of Fortune. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bia
I of course love Isabel Allende, both in English and Spanish. I sent this to my daughter. Read more