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“THE SUM OF OUR DAYS is terrific. It’s funny, insightful, moving and filled with Allende’s unique voice.” (USA Today)

“...Ms.Allende...executes this epistolary memoir with the same authenticity and poetry that grace her fiction...Ms. Allende is a survivor worth reading and emulating.” (Dallas Morning News)

“A vibrant voice, which is at once introspective and forthright…an inspiring and thought-provoking work…The insights resonate, on page after page.” (Denver Post)

“Allende’s THE SUM OF OUR DAYS adds up to an exuberant love letter—not only to her daughter, but to her tribe and anyone lucky enough to belong to one.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“A powerful memoir” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

“A deeply revealing memoir . . . Allende’s insight is keen, her prose polished and her language hypnotic . . . This is a book to savor.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“A warm meditation on family and love…A book to be savored and reread.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Allende’s trademark magical realism is ever present...This high-spirited, emotionally packed book enables readers to get a closer look at the life of a much-loved writer.” (Library Journal)

“Allende is a genius.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Español (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0061551880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061551888
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Format: Hardcover
This book book by Isabel Allende can be described as a tribute to her daughter, her own life, her family and fans of her literature. I can only imagine the time and dedication that Isabel sacrificed to write such a personal recompilation of her life happenings which ultimately involved the most important people around her which includes family and friends.

Isabel journeys down memory lane to tell her daughter, Paula all that has happened since her departure from life. Isabel used her natural talent to write combined with her literary strengths which has always been her exquisite vocabulary and self-expression in this very personal expose in the form of a memoire/ autobiography. This is one of the few books that I have read in Isabel's collection and was attracted to it due to the personal nature of the book. It is so beautifully written, no details are left untouched, what a way to reconcile with life's happenings both good and bad. This is one of the best books I have read this year and definitely one of best releases of 2007. Le felicito a Isabel Allende por un libro que ha sido escrito con esmero, honestidad y exquisitez.
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Isabel Allende writes as if every reader is a PhD with a conscience. The elegance of her language simply allows you to walk unhindered through the days and years of her stories--to live the era, to feel each day as it dawns. Reading them in Spanish--the language of their creation--is best, but Allende's translations are only a heartbeat away from the real thing, filled with her intimate conversations flung toward the spirit of her late daughter, Paula; the quotidian visits back and forth of the people who are always welcome in the family home in California.
By all means, buy this book if you can; if not, borrow or steal it. You'll be glad you did. ¡Vale la pena!
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.....SIEMPRE HE SIDO UNS FIEL LECTORA DE LOS LIBROS DE ISABEL ALLENDE....EXCELENTE ESCRITORA....Y EL LIBRO....LA SUMA DE LOS DIAS....HASTA LO QUE HE LEIDO HASTA EL MOMENTO NO ME HA DESILUSIONADO....TREMENDA LECTURA ....LO RECOMIENDO MUY FAVORABLEMENTE........
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If you dreamt about meeting Isabel, look no further! Her book is warm and realistic. There is no need to try to imagine how she is in real life because the book allows you to meet her in the most profound way. With her extraordinary writing Isabel becomes your best friend, mother, daughter, son, or as she calls it "a member of her tribe". I am looking forward to her next book and wonder, what could be better than, La Suma de los Dias!
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¿Quién dijo que para que un libro sea excelente por fuerza tiene que ser complejo?

En definitiva este ha sido uno de los libros cuya lectura me ha resultado tan interesante como grata. No es una ficción, pero llamarlo simples memorias no le haría justicia a la obra, que por la forma en como está narrada, se asemeja más a cuentos muy digeribles. Para el óptimo aprovechamiento de este libro, sugiero no leerlo sino hasta primero haber leído "Paula", cuyo matiz de duelo contrasta con el matiz de catarsis y ligereza de "La suma de los días" al ser el complemento ideal que cierra el círculo.
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This is considered Isabel Allende's second Memoir book and I believe a difficult one to follow if you are not familiar with her other books and Memoirs; especially Paula (her first memoir). In that first memoir she narrates her life for her daughter and the process helps her to let go and move forward after tragedy.

In the second book Allende narrates the stories as a simple conversation with her. It can be considered with retrospect to her life served with a cup of tea. It is an easy reading that allows you to see the recent events in her life thru her life. You become one with her steps, but need to keep an open mind to understand the decision of the rest of her family and its consequences.

It is difficult to believe the character representations in the book. They feel more like fictitious characters than members of her family. I guess we can all relate to having a different family, but in her case they are extreme (in the good sense of the word). They live life to the extreme and express their passion in every breath.

As always, Isabel Allende presents us with everyday events in a magnificent way. Only she can turn a normal day with her grandkids into a fantastic event. Her attention to detail and her in depth description turns her life into a book of fantasy full of love and sorrow. At points you forget The Sum of Our Days is a non-fiction because of her incredible ability as a novelist. In reality her life is more or less a novel.
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I had read all the books written by Isabel Allende is my favorite author. This book is wonderful. You will wonder be part of her "tribu" !
I can't wait for the next one!
Thank you Isabel
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I loved it, she is funny and pasionate and as a latinamerican living in the United States and married to an American, I can relate to some of her experiences.
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