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Isabel Allende, una de las autoras más respetadas de la lengua española, nos trae una magistral novela que narra la vida de Inés Suárez, una temeraria conquistadora que contribuyó a la fundación de la patria chilena

Nacida en España, y proveniente de una familia pobre, Inés Suárez sobrevive a diario trabajando como costurera. Es el siglo dieciséis, y la conquista de América apenas comienza. Cuando un día el esposo de Inés desaparece rumbo al Nuevo Mundo, ella aprovecha para ...

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New York, NY, U.S. A 2006 Hardcover First Edition, First Printing New in New jacket Signed by Author(s) 1st Printing. 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Signed by author in black fountain ... ink on title page. New, unread copy, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. *Please note that this copy of INES DEL ALMA MIA: Una Novela {Ines of My Soul} is in the original Spanish, not the English translation. L13. Read more Show Less

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Isabel Allende, una de las autoras más respetadas de la lengua española, nos trae una magistral novela que narra la vida de Inés Suárez, una temeraria conquistadora que contribuyó a la fundación de la patria chilena

Nacida en España, y proveniente de una familia pobre, Inés Suárez sobrevive a diario trabajando como costurera. Es el siglo dieciséis, y la conquista de América apenas comienza. Cuando un día el esposo de Inés desaparece rumbo al Nuevo Mundo, ella aprovecha para partir en busca de él y escapar de la vida claustrofóbica que lleva en su tierra natal. Tras el accidentado viaje que la lleva hasta el Perú, Inés se entera de que su esposo ha muerto en una batalla. Sin embargo, muy pronto da inicio a una apasionada relación amorosa con el hombre que cambiará su vida por completo: Pedro de Valdivia, el valiente héroe de guerra y mariscal de Francisco Pizarro.

Valdivia sueña con triunfar donde otros españoles han fracasado, y lleva a cabo la conquista de Chile. Aunque se dice que en aquellas tierras no hay oro, y que los guerreros son feroces, esto inspira a Valdivia aun más ya que lo que busca es el honor y la gloria. Juntos, los amantes fundarán la ciudad de Santiago y liberarán una guerra sangrienta contra los indígenas chilenos en una lucha que cambiará sus vidas para siempre.

Basada en una investigación meticulosa, y contada con la pasión y el talento narrativo de Isabel Allende, Inés del Alma Mía es una obra de impresionante magnitud.

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In a letter to her daughter, Isabel, Inés Suárez reveals the many secrets and adventures she had before she met her husband, Isabel’s father, Rodrigo de Quiroga. Born in Spain to a poor family, Inés traveled to the New World after her first husband, Juan de Málaga, disappeared on his travels there. She arrived in Peru and there met Pedro de Valdivia, a Spanish conquistador and Chile’s first royal governor. Together they embarked on an intense and passionate affair that changed their lives completely. Varas’s great narration brings to life Allende’s interesting characters and details. Her conversational tone and clear vocalization lend to the confessional style of this story. The sounds, music, and language used throughout help the narrator effectively convey Inés, a woman in her seventies, as well as the character’s emotions during the happiest or most difficult moments. A powerful listening experience.—Jessica Bermúdez , Críticas


—Jessica Bermudez
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061161551
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet 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.

Biography

In Isabel Allende's books, human beings do not exist merely in the three-dimensional sense. They can exert themselves as memory, as destiny, as spirits without form, as fairy tales. Just as the more mystical elements of Allende's past have shaped her work, so has the hard-bitten reality. Working as a journalist in Chile, Allende was forced to flee the country with her family after her uncle, President Salvador Allende, was killed in a coup in 1973.

Out of letters to family back in Chile came the manuscript that was to become Allende's first novel. Her arrival on the publishing scene in 1985 with The House of the Spirits was instantly recognized as a literary event. The New York Times called it "a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present and future of Latin America."

To read a book by Allende is to believe in (or be persuaded of) the power of transcendence, spiritual and otherwise. Her characters are often what she calls "marginal," those who strive to live on the fringes of society. It may be someone like Of Love and Shadows 's Hipolito Ranquileo, who makes his living as a circus clown; or Eva Luna, a poor orphan who is the center of two Allende books (Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna).

Allende's characters have in common an inner fortitude that proves stronger than their adversity, and a sense of lineage that propels them both forward and backward. When you meet a central character in an Allende novel, be prepared to meet a few generations of his or her family. This multigenerational thread drives The House of the Spirits, the tale of the South American Trueba family. Not only did the novel draw Allende critical accolades (with such breathless raves as "spectacular," "astonishing" and "mesmerizing" from major reviewers), it landed her firmly in the magic realist tradition of predecessor (and acknowledged influence) Gabriel García Márquez. Some of its characters also reappeared in the historical novels Portrait in Sepia and Daughter of Fortune.

"It's strange that my work has been classified as magic realism," Allende has said, "because I see my novels as just being realistic literature." Indeed, much of what might be considered "magic" to others is real to Allende, who based the character Clara del Valle in The House of the Spirits on her own reputedly clairvoyant grandmother. And she has drawn as well upon the political violence that visited her life: Of Love and Shadows (1987) centers on a political crime in Chile, and other Allende books allude to the ideological divisions that affected the author so critically.

But all of her other work was "rehearsal," says Allende, for what she considers her most difficult and personal book. Paula is written for Allende's daughter, who died in 1992 after several months in a coma. Like Allende's fiction, it tells Paula's story through that of Allende's own and of her relatives. Allende again departed from fiction in Aphrodite, a book that pays homage to the romantic powers of food (complete with recipes for two such as "Reconciliation Soup"). The book's lighthearted subject matter had to have been a necessity for Allende, who could not write for nearly three years after the draining experience of writing Paula.

Whichever side of reality she is on, Allende's voice is unfailingly romantic and life-affirming, creating mystery even as she uncloaks it. Like a character in Of Love and Shadows, Allende tells "stories of her own invention whose aim [is] to ease suffering and make time pass more quickly," and she succeeds.

Good To Know

Allende has said that the character of Gregory Reeves in The Infinite Plan is based on her husband, Willie Gordon.

Allende begins all of her books on January 8, which she considers lucky because it was the day she began writing a letter to her dying grandfather that later became The House of the Spirits.

She began her career as a journalist, editing the magazine Paula and later contributing to the Venezuelan paper El Nacional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Excelente obra

    Me encanto la forma en que esta narrada esta historia. Atrapante. Vale cada centavo y minuto que se invierta en leerla

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    As much as I wanted to like this book (and there are great passa

    As much as I wanted to like this book (and there are great passages), Allende repeatedly breaks the tension during climactic moments by pulling back to the narrator's present and "giving away the ending." Perhaps native Chileans or those versed in their history already know the outcome, but for the rest of us she ruins the suspense time and time again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Great Read

    Very well written just like Allende knows how to ... Its a great book, history , love, betrayal, a womans fight to love and be loved by a country and by her soul mate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Isabell Allende returns to her roots

    Isabel's last books weren't as good as the first ones, but this one is really great. War, romance, history...It keeps memories alive, both for South-americans and Spaniards. It manages to make you laugh, cry...Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Gran Historia de Vida

    Dentro de la Ficcion se narra la vida de Ines Suarez quien fue uno de los principales personajes que conquistaron Chile. Isabel Allende nos lleva dentro de la historia con una pasion y somos companeros de este personaje en sus aventuras, una gran lectura y deborado en Horas!!!

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