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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Allende through and through, November 14, 2006
This review is from: Ines of My Soul: A Novel (Hardcover)
Based almost entirely on the life of Ines Suarez who lived from 1507 to 1580, Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende is a lyrically written story of passion, ruthless exploration, rugged courage and love in the 16th century. Allende is one of the few authors that are wonderfully decriptive writers who have the ability to write beautiful and flowing prose and make the reader feel as if they're witnessing and experiencing a scene rather than just reading about it.

Poor and nearly destitute, Ines has a rough life in Spain. Alone because her husband has left to make his fortune in the new world she eventually sets out to search for him. When she arrives Ines learns he has been killed. Determined to make a new life for herself Ines decides to remain in the new colony. She eventually falls under the spell of Don Pedro de Valdivia, field marshal of Francisco Pizarro. Together they undertake the founding of the country of Chile.

Richly textured with wonderfully developed historical characters, Allende has written another masterpiece. For those who have their appetites wetted for further reading on this period of history, Allende includes a helpful bibliography that she freely admits is incomplete. I wonder though how many of these titles will be available in English. I also suspect that many of them are rare and may be difficult to locate.

You'll want to read Ines of My Soul slowly because there isn't much out there of its equal. Savor it.
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2008 7:21:58 PM PST
I found the writing and description rivetting but at times the perception of human endeavour and passion very shallow. I personally would not recommend it because as a piece of "faction" it was frustrating trying to extract fact from fanciful imagination.
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