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The Stories of Eva Luna Paperback – November 13, 2001
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San Francisco Chronicle Allende again shows her brilliance as a storyteller...[who] grips us from first sentence to last.
The Wall Street Journal Gratifyingly ambitious...truly captivating...There is a richness in this book -- and it is, in its finest moments, a richness not only of language but of life.
The Orlando Sentinel Full of grace and passion...love and revenge...enchanting...One could go on reading her stories forever.
Chicago Sun-Times Instantly seductive, richly sensual, and unabashedly romantic.
Leigh Allison Wilson The Washington Post Allende is a real talent, an amazingly prolific one. In her stories there are palpable life and death risks, the risks of passionate love, the risks of passionate belief, of convictions and honor.
Sarah Sheard The Toronto Star The fabulous scale of narrative, the characters as darkly pungent as coffee tinged with blood, charge her stories with a physicality and power that will leave the readers checking for bruises on their thighs.
Gillian Steward The Calgary Herald The stories are like opulent parables...I, for one, sense I will be going back to this book again and again just to be with them.
San Francisco Chronicle An extraordinary fictional potion.
The San Diego Union Isabel Allende always revives one's faith in the intoxicating power of sheer old-fashioned storytelling.
Jane Urquhart Quill & Quire What is most admirable about this collection is Allende's ability to portray a world in which the ordinary and the miraculous, the natural and the supernatural, the political and the particular not only co-exist but actually affect one another.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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The premise of this book is based on the novel "Eva Luna," the fantastical story of a poverty-stricken girl living in an unnamed South American country. Eva Luna is orphaned at a young age and learns to rely on her wits, love of words and storytelling to survive. At the end of the book she is lying in bed with her lover, who asks her to tell him a story she has never told to anyone else. And so Eva Luna begins spinning her enchanting tales, 23 in all.
This book was perfect for me. A collection of short stories that draw me in immediately. Short enough to be the last thing completed before turning off your light. Perfect for setting stages for your dreams. It's like reading a Kahlo painting, that mystique, that magic. This book will be my gift to all of my very closest of friends.
is the basis for a new opera by Lee Holdridge, called "Dulce Rosa". It will receive a world premiere in Santa Monica next Spring, conducted by Placido Domingo, who heads Los Angeles Opera.
Since I talk to groups about upcoming operas, and since this will be a completely new work to audiences, I began my preparation by reading the short story. It is so short that I wondered how the composer managed to write a full-length opera. It is only seven and one-half pages. Then I read the story and I understood. The story is concise, fascinating, haunting and has all the necessary ingredients needed for a genuine musical drama of the highest level. Story details should be left to the reader, as some events are unexpected. I appreciate the service provided by Amazon and am enjoying reading the other short stories in the book, but my primary interest was in this one particular tale. Ms. Allende's personal history enables her to tell this story with an understanding that only comes from her own life and that makes the tale even more fascinating. To your readers, I can only say read the story and see or hear the opera following its premiere next year. You, too, will find it haunting and memorable.