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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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The characters became a little more realistic and the story became more interesting.
The men are also amazing characters, from the strong to the weak, all with real human flaws and strengths, that make them very real.
It's a great story, written in beautiful prose, the characters are memorable, the story line believable.
fantastic... you will want to read it right after daughter of fortune..Published 3 months ago by julesgh
I truly enjoyed this book. Isabel Allende is such a good writer. Although I would not put it in the "unforgettable" class.Published 3 months ago by Nicole
This was an interesting read. It kept my attention and was a great book to read on my iPad during long summer evenings.Published 5 months ago by Grandma Susan
Good book however the narrative is too long, but overall and with perseverance, it is good.Published 5 months 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 6 months ago by Library Lady