Ing of Chile told through the eyes of the mother of the country the leading conuistador s mistress The book is written to be her memoirs so there are rather annoying interludes in which the narrator is in her present day talking about how she must finish the story
before she dies blah blah blah and her comments about the other characters personalities are also rather banal she dies blah blah blah and her comments about the other characters personalities are also rather banal the story is fascinating and Allende did a great deal of background research that makes the setting realistic even if she does not go into the moral complexities of the conuests themselves In this way she stays true to her narrator s voice even if that is somewhat simplistic for modern readers who may not see the conuest and butchering of native peoples as a god given right of the Spaniards Colonization is such an innocuous sounding word but the reality is ust the opposite It is the audacity of a powerful country to invade another land and annihilate the indigenous population Often with the pretense of living together harmoniously the native population is killed in battle enslaved or dies from diseases for which they have no immunity Is there another wayThe colonization of Chile was No Different In The Name different In the name Christianity the Spaniards conuered this land of great beauty Allende tells this historically based epic story through the words of Ines S Suarez a courageous and ingenious woman of the 16th century Ines recalls her life to her daughter as she is nearing death her difficult early years in Spain her search for her first husband in Peru and Chile and her years of toil battle friendships and loves in the early days of SantiagoAllende s writing evokes such a strong sense of time and place It was often hard to remember that Ines voice was actually that of the author I felt Ines perils to my core It has been a long time since I have felt such empathy for a character such an involvement in the story And yet the brutality the vividly graphic battle scenes were sickening Should the horrors of war be gentrified for the comfort of the reader Can we Baabwaa and Wooliam judge the actions of those seeking new lands and those trying to defend their land Would thatudgment be a form of Monday morning uarterback syndrome As difficult to read as some scenes were I believe the truth can t be watered down I don t know if there is a humane way for expansion but I have thought intensely about it and will continue to ponder thisI finished this intensely moving book at least a week ago I am still immersed in the narrative and my description of its impact on me feels inadeuate It did to me what great literature should do it grabbed me challenged me and changed me I highly recommend this beautifully told story Isabelle Allende is a remarkable writerA uote spoken by InesI fear that these pages already contain cruelty than a soul can tolerate In the New World no one has scruples when the moment calls for violence Violence exists everywhere and has throughout the ages Nothing changes we humans repeat the same sins over and over eternally This is an epic historical novel about the founding of Chile in the Sixteenth Century We follow events through the eyes of Ines who in her old age is writing a memoir for her daughter Ines based on the historical figure of Ines de Suarez lived a full life into her seventies surviving two husbands and a long term lover One husband and the lover were pioneers and governors of the struggling settlement of Santiago at the core of Chile settled from Peru to the north Ines suffered hardships in leaving Spain for the New World arriving in Peru and in traveling across the deserts and mountains from Peru to Chile Much of the book focuses on the displacement of the native American Indian population the ferocious battles between the Spanish and the Indians and the cruelties inflicted by one group upon the other some of which is hard to stomach As Gover In s del alma m a Ines of my soul Isabel AllendeIn s of My Soul Spanish In s del alma m a 2006 is a historical novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende The novel consists of an elderly In s Su rez writing a memoir of her life She narrates about her relationship with Pedro de Valdivia and the obstacles they had to overcome to conuer
Chile And Found The and found the of Santiago The novel relates the main facts of the life of In s as written to be read by her adoptive daughter Isabel In the first chapter Europe 1500 1537 she describes her life in Plasencia mainly her married life and affair with Juan of M laga in addition to her hard trip to America motivated not only to find her husband but also to find freedom And 2008 1386 425 9789648838671 1389 21 1386 392 9789648944310 1386 437 9643513874 1580. Imagines Ines's life and that of the two men who became her lover and husband respective. .
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35 StarsThis is my second book by
Allende I can understand why people love her writing so much She is a beautiful storytellerand I understand why people love her writing so much She is a beautiful storyteller her writing is so evocative and lovely and honest without being flowery or overdone I love that uality in a writer it s one of my favorite things about Colleen McCullough as well especially in Tim That book was my introduction to McCullough and it made a deep impression on me and instantly became one of my favorite books Crap Now I want to read it again Anyway I was talking about Allende The first book I read of hers was The House of the Spirits and I really enjoyed it a lot than I thought that I would You see I don t really care for magical realism and generally steered clear of it whenever I could I m gradually coming to the conclusion that like anything else there s good and bad magical realism and I d only read astoundingly bad examples of it or read good examples of it and didn t recognize them as MR But it took Allende and my friend Jackie as MR But it took Allende and my friend Jackie her books for me to see it Allende s books are beautifully written and whatever mystical or magical or ethereal otherworldliness there might be is subtle and adds a little Did you see that nudge in the ribs but doesn t overtake the story doesn t throw the narrative into confusion like some magical realism books I ve read and hated with the fires of a thousand suns I m not going to name titles You know who you are BelovedSo this was another Jackie choice and again I really enjoyed it although I feel that this one lost something in the audio version I wish that I had read this rather than listening to it sigh Blair Brown did a passable Spanish accent but uite often it was distracting It Historias de Inmigracion just seemed to lack a fluidity and smoothness that native speakers have uite often she d hesitate forust a moment before pronouncing a word It might actually only be a half second but to me it was a distraction This is the kind of story that you need and want to ust climb into and live for a while and every one of those stutters pulled me out of it I may not pronounce the Spanish correctly in my head but reading for myself would have been smoother since I probably wouldn t know it was wrong The second reason that I wish I d have ust read the book myself was that there were a whole lot of Spanish names in this one People names place names historical names and Chilean native tribe names and honestly it was really hard to keep track of who was who when I had no visual link to the sound of the words being spoken It didn t help much that being told as a memoir type story the narrative was less than linear Wikipedia helped a lot here and Google for being a good guesser at what I was misspelling For instance I d type Atawapa and it would return Did you mean Atahualpa Yes Yes I did THANK YOU GOOGLE And before any of you break out the ladder to get on your high horse it s been a while since World History class OK So anyway Wikipedia helped a lot to keep the names and places and tribes and so on straight so that I could enjoy the story and actually know who was being referred to I found this story fascinating I don t really know much about Chilean history but I feel like I know uite a bit now Because I was on Wikipedia and Google so much I feel like I actually may have learned something This was a story about Spanish conuests and it was appropriately brutal There were massacres and tortures and mutilations and subjugation of the indigenous people All of that was to be expected But there was also a softer uality to this story a kind of empathy and understanding that Ines lent it She claimed to not understand the indians of Chile but her description of them and their customs and ceremonies and beliefs said otherwise I thought several times while listening to this that she was confusing understanding with agreement I think she understood them Aprendiz de Homero just fine They wanted to live and be free and content in their livesust as she wanted to live and be free and content in her own She could have said to the Mapuches We re not so different you and I Too bad she wouldn t have gotten the Austin Powers reference sighI really appreciated the religious aspect of the story both from the Catholic standpoint and the Native standpoint Allende represented both fairly I think Although it seemed that there was a bit of the mystical on the side of the Christians at least in Ines s eyes I love that there was a little bit of that here but also that it s interpretable Was it a miracle that broke the rope and saved the man from hanging or was it simply that the rope was frayed or weak A comet or a sign One thing I particularly loved regarding the religious aspect Ines Suarez came to Chile with the Conuistadors in 1540 helping to claim the territory F the story was Ines at 70 talking about how she sometimes forgets and calls God Ngenechen which is the Mapuche s name for their god or sometimes prays to the Earth Mother rather than the Virgin It s such a throwaway reference an old woman confused and mixing things up but to me it signifies how similar beliefs can be and how silly it is to try to force a right religion on someone else What s in a name Isn t what you believe and how you live and act important I think so and I think that Ines did too She worked for her people all her life striving to make sure that they were as well looked after as it was in her power to do She founded churches and hospitals and helped Feed The Poor And Hungry And Defended the poor and hungry and defended defenseless She was definitely an awesome if underappreciated person I enjoyed this one and might Tourism just have to read it for myself one day I think it is a book that definitely deserves my full attention and I couldn t give it that with the audio But regardless this was very good and I d definitely recommend it I got about halfway through this book before I decided Ines of My Soul was an assault against my spirit The book is well written and I would assume well researched My first source of disillusionment came when the reader I listened to the audio book Blair Brown for some reason decided to read the entire book in a faux Spanish accent mutilating most of the pronunciations Why Distracting and annoying to say the leastBut that was a minor uibble compared to actual content Written from the POV of Ines Suarez a conuistadora I guess I should have expected the story to be filtered through a colonial mindset However the novel got increasingly difficult to listen to as Inez passedudgment on savages excused the brutalities she
Witnessed And Even Committed A Few Ofand even committed a few of own Throughout Ines udges some murders rapes and massacres as necessary or to be expected while others were regretful Yes Ines would have regarded her compatriots as her A very In s kind of review I have been a reader for the last eleven years and am now the loyal fan of Isabel Allende writing this review of In s of My Soul in the year of Our Lord 2012I am not sure whether this review will convince anyone to read this book but I am sure this is one of the best historical novels ever written and Isabel Allende is undoubtedly the only writer who hovers between a historian a storyteller and a feministAs a result this book isn t limited to a single genre It is a historically accurate account of a p Historical fiction about the life of In s Su rez Born in Spain in the early 1500s she sails to South America with her niece to find her husband Juan de M laga who has gone in search of gold The story is told by In s near the end of her life in the form of a diary she plans to give to her stepdaughter Isabel The narrative covers her three romantic relationships and her
PARTICIPATION IN THE EXPEDITION TO CONUER CHILE THEY ESTABLISHin the expedition to conuer Chile They establish city of Santiago and battle the native people Allende is known for her female protagonists and In s is the prototype of a strong woman She becomes self sufficient as a seamstress cook and nurse Allende employs magical realism here but less so than some of her previous works This novel is a sweeping saga covering approximately eighty years In s experiences many adventures hardships battles and love affairs The author does not spare the gruesome details of combat punishments and executionsI enjoyed this book and looked forward to picking it up It occasionally wanders from the primary storyline I was not previously aware of In s Su rez and her role in Chilean history It inspired me to do further research In the Americas every man was his own master he never had to bow to anyone he could begin anew be a different person live a different life There no one bore his dishonor for years and even the humblest could rise in the worldMany years ago I read several of Isabel Allende s books and fell in love with them Novels like The House of Spirits Daughter of Fortune and Of Love and Shadows put Allende on my list of favorite authors at the time Whenever I saw any of her books at a library book sale I would eager This was a very well written book and the voice of the narratormain character was very strong There were a few parts when it got a little slow but would uickly pick back up and resume the epic dramatic and violent storyline I already have a few other books by Allende picked out to read someday and look forward to them While this did not live up to some of Isabel Allende s other work in terms of either writing style or character development the history was fascinating It is a fictionalized account of the found. Or Spain and to found the first Spanish settlement in Santiago Here Isabelle Allende re.