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Paula
Isabel Allende
0060927216
April 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
"Listen, Paula. I am going to tell you a story so that when you wake up you will not feel so lost." So says Chilean writer Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits) in the opening lines of the luminous, heart-rending memoir she wrote while her 28-year-old daughter Paula lay in a coma. In its pages, she ushers an assortment of outrageous relatives into the light: her stepfather, an amiable liar and tireless debater; grandmother Meme, blessed with second sight; and delinquent uncles who exultantly torment Allende and her brothers. Irony and marvelous flights of fantasy mix with the icy reality of Paula's deathly illness as Allende sketches childhood scenes in Chile and Lebanon; her uncle Salvatore Allende's reign and ruin as Chilean president; her struggles to shake off or find love; and her...


Conversations with Isabel Allende
Isabelle Allende
0292702116
Feb 2004
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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From Library Journal
YA-"I belong to the first generation of writers brought up reading other Latin American writers," says Allende, alluding to the popularity of such writers as Gabriel Garc!a M rquez, Carlos Fuentes, Jorge Borges, and Pablo Neruda. In this compelling collection of 34 chronologically arranged interviews, the Chilean writer comes alive, and the book becomes, in the words of its editor, a "biography on the pulse." Allende discusses her personal, spiritual, political, and literary life. Her reflections on her years of political exile in Venezuela and on the illness and death of her daughter include not only her personal struggle and pain, but also their impact on her writing. Allende talks at length about each of her works, and while most of the interviews have been previously published in scholarly journals, her candor...


Paula
Isabel Allende
0060927208
April 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
"Listen, Paula. I am going to tell you a story so that when you wake up you will not feel so lost." So says Chilean writer Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits) in the opening lines of the luminous, heart-rending memoir she wrote while her 28-year-old daughter Paula lay in a coma. In its pages, she ushers an assortment of outrageous relatives into the light: her stepfather, an amiable liar and tireless debater; grandmother Meme, blessed with second sight; and delinquent uncles who exultantly torment Allende and her brothers. Irony and marvelous flights of fantasy mix with the icy reality of Paula's deathly illness as Allende sketches childhood scenes in Chile and Lebanon; her uncle Salvatore Allende's reign and ruin as Chilean president; her struggles to shake off or find love; and her...


Ines
Isabel Allende
0061161535
Nov 2006
Hardcover
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Daughter of Fortune
Isabel Allende
038082101X
November 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 2000: Until Isabel Allende burst onto the scene with her 1985 debut, The House of the Spirits, Latin American fiction was, for the most part, a boys' club comprising such heavy hitters as Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mario Vargas Llosa. But the Chilean Allende shouldered her way in with her magical realist multi-generational tale of the Trueba family, followed it up with four more novels and a spate of nonfiction, and has remained in a place of honor ever since. Her sixth work of fiction, Daughter of Fortune, shares some characteristics with her earlier works: the canvas is wide, the characters are multi-generational and multi-ethnic, and the protagonist is an unconventional woman who overcomes enormous obstacles to make her way in the world....


Ines of My Soul Spa
Isabel Allende
0061161551
Sept 2006
Hardcover
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La casa de los esp¿ritus (The House of the Spirits)
Isabel Allende
0060951303
May 1995
Paperback
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--Christian Science Monitor
"Emocionante y ponderosa....La casa de los espiritusestá repleta de mujeres maravillosas e inolvidables, que confieren una dimensión especial al libro."

--Newsweek
"Un romance tan extenso como regocijador."

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Ines LP
Isabel Allende
0061161578
Nov 2006
Large Print Paperback
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Zorro: A Novel
Isabel Allende
0060778970
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Allende's lively retelling of the Zorro legend reads as effortlessly as the hero himself might slice his trademark "Z" on the wall with a flash of his sword. Born Diego de la Vega in 1795 to the valiant hidalgo, Alejandro, and the beautiful Regina, the daughter of a Spanish deserter and an Indian shaman, our hero grows up in California before traveling to Spain. Raised alongside his wet nurse's son, Bernardo, Diego becomes friends for life with his "milk brother," despite the boys' class differences. Though born into privilege, Diego has deep ties to California's exploited natives—both through blood and friendship—that account for his abiding sense of justice and identification with the underdog. In Catalonia, these instincts as well as Diego's swordsmanship intrigue Manuel...


Ines of My Soul CD
Isabel Allende
0061185450
Nov 2006
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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City of the Beasts (Alexander Cold Series)
Isabel Allende
0060535032
April 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Adventure seekers will find plenty of thrills in Allende's first novel for young readers. When 15-year-old Alexander Cold is sent to stay with his eccentric, gruff grandmother, Kate, while his mother is being treated for cancer, he is more than a little reluctant to accompany Kate on a writing assignment in South America to search for a legendary nine-foot-tall "Beast." However, once the expedition down the Amazon begins, Alexander's doubts are pushed out of his mind by more immediate concerns, such as keeping an eye on two suspicious members of the party: a native named Karakawe and Mauro Cari as, a wealthy entrepreneur. After Alexander's mysterious encounter with a caged jaguar, another teen, Nadia, explains its importance to him, and begins calling Alexander "Jaguar." This marks the beginning of their somewhat...


Portrait in Sepia
Isabel Allende
0066214017
Nov 2001
Large Print Paperback
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Book Review
Isabel Allende has established herself as one of the most consummate of all modern storytellers, a reputation that is confirmed in her novel Portrait in Sepia. Allende offers a compelling saga of the turbulent history, lives, and loves of late 19th-century Chile, drawing on characters from her earlier novels, The House of Spirits and Daughter of Fortune.

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 ...



House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende
0553273914
August 1986
Mass Market Paperback
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--Christian Science Monitor
"Emocionante y ponderosa....La casa de los espiritusestá repleta de mujeres maravillosas e inolvidables, que confieren una dimensión especial al libro." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review
"Extraordinary... Powerful... Sharply observant, witty and eloquent." -- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

"Mesmerizing... A novel of force and charm." -- The Washington Post

"That rarest of successes -- a book about one family and one country that is a book about the world and becomes the world in a book." -- Cosmopolitan

"Nothing short of astonishing... In The House Of The Spirits Isabelle Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between...


Isabel Allende
Karen Castellucci Cox
0313316953
May 2003
Hardcover
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Review
“[T]he straightforward essays present a good overview of the literature on each novel ... the work brings together useful summaries and the key points of Allende's novels.”–The British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain.

Book Description
Isabel Allende garnered immediate attention and international acclaim with the 1982 publication of House of Spirits. This Critical Companion introduces readers to Allende's writings with accessible literary analysis of her six novels, featuring discussions of plot, character development, thematic concerns and style, historical contexts, and alternative critical perspectives.

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La ciudad de las bestias (City of the Beasts)
Isabel Allende
0060510323
August 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Adventure seekers will find plenty of thrills in Allende's first novel for young readers. When 15-year-old Alexander Cold is sent to stay with his eccentric, gruff grandmother, Kate, while his mother is being treated for cancer, he is more than a little reluctant to accompany Kate on a writing assignment in South America to search for a legendary nine-foot-tall "Beast." However, once the expedition down the Amazon begins, Alexander's doubts are pushed out of his mind by more immediate concerns, such as keeping an eye on two suspicious members of the party: a native named Karakawe and Mauro Cari as, a wealthy entrepreneur. After Alexander's mysterious encounter with a caged jaguar, another teen, Nadia, explains its importance to him, and begins calling Alexander "Jaguar." This marks the beginning of their somewhat...


Isabel Allende
Mary Main
0766024881
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9–An interesting, well-written biography. Many black-and-white and color photographs, maps, and sidebars enhance the enticing glimpse into her Chilean world. The author does a superior job in presenting the facts of Allende's personal and professional life within the framework of an engaging narrative. World and private events are interwoven to demonstrate the woman's influences as a writer. A detailed time line, bibliography, and index contribute to this useful resource.–Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Eva Luna
Isabel Allende
0553280589
May 1989
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A woman makes love to an Indian dying of snakebite, miraculously restoring him to life and engendering a daughter named Eva"so she will love life." Thus begins Allende's latest novel, a magnificent successor to The House of the Spirits and Of Love & Shadows. Set in a Latin American country, it relates Eva's picaresque adventures. Brought up in the house of an eccentric doctor devoted to mummifying corpses, where her mother is a servant, Eva is left an orphan at six. Her black godmother, or madrina , leases her as a servant to a series of bizarre households of metaphorical significance, the last of which she leaves in grand style upon emptying a government Minister's chamberpot over his head. Interleaved with Eva's story is her account of a certain Rolf Carle, with whom her life will become linkedshe tells of his...


Isabelle Allende (MCV)
Robb Erskine
0791070395
Aug 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Isabel Allende's writing career began when a letter to her dying grandfather grew into the 500page novel The House of the Spirits. Her magical realism and ability to create personable yet extravagant characters make her novels inviting to all audiences. This text offers critical analysis of her work from respected authorities on the subject. This title, Isabelle Allende, part of Chelsea House Publishers’ Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of Isabelle Allende through full-length critical essays by expert literary critics. In addition, this title features a short biography on Isabelle Allende, a chronology of the author’s life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.


Isabel Allende
Twayne Publishers
0805716890
Mar 2002
Hardcover
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Review
Choice : "Twenty years after the publication of her best-selling The House of the Spirits (Eng. Tr., 1985), Chilean writer Isabel Allende continues to produce fiction that intrigues both the general reading public and academic critics. Levine (Montclair State Univ.) attempts to analyze the reasons for this popularity within the framework and format of the Twayne series, with its limitations and broad appeal...Rounded out by a chronology, author interview, notes, and a useful bibliography, this volume will serve readers at all levels, from lower-division undergraduates through faculty."
-- Choice (October 2002)

Book Description
Examines the life of the award-winning author of The House of Spirits and The Stories of Eva Luna. From her childhood in Peru to her political...


Zorro: Una novela
Isabel Allende
0060779012
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Allende's lively retelling of the Zorro legend reads as effortlessly as the hero himself might slice his trademark "Z" on the wall with a flash of his sword. Born Diego de la Vega in 1795 to the valiant hidalgo, Alejandro, and the beautiful Regina, the daughter of a Spanish deserter and an Indian shaman, our hero grows up in California before traveling to Spain. Raised alongside his wet nurse's son, Bernardo, Diego becomes friends for life with his "milk brother," despite the boys' class differences. Though born into privilege, Diego has deep ties to California's exploited natives—both through blood and friendship—that account for his abiding sense of justice and identification with the underdog. In Catalonia, these instincts as well as Diego's swordsmanship intrigue Manuel...

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