DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE OPRAH 31 HC

by Isabel/focus Allende

Harper Collins Canada | October 15, 1999 | Hardcover

DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE OPRAH 31 HC is rated 4 out of 5 by 12.

Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.

So begins Isabel Allende’s enchanting new novel, Daughter of Fortune, her most ambitious work of fiction yet. As we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a ship to the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, we enter a world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven mad by gold fever. A society of single men and prostitutes among whom Eliza moves--with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chien--California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean. Her search for the elusive Joaquín gradually turns into another kind of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.

Daughter of Fortune is a sweeping portrait of an era, a story rich in character, history, violence, and compassion. In Eliza, Allende has created one of her most appealing heroines, an adventurous, independent-minded, and highly unconventional young woman who has the courage to reinvent herself and to create her own destiny in a new country. A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende’s extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world’s leading writers.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.53 × 6.44 × 1.38 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006019491x

ISBN - 13: 9780060194918

Found in: Historical

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartwarming story I was hesitant to pick this novel primarily because of the ghostly picture, but then again, Do not judge a book by its cover, so I picked it up then I was astonished about the story and the development of the characters. Isabel Allende vividly writes with passion her characters and this novel is a sure hit. I recommend it and give it a 5 star.
Date published: 2007-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will fall in love with Isabel Allende If you've never read a book by Isabel Allende, let this be the one and you will fall in love. You will also love the characters and learn something about the California Gold rush and how it reached far away places. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Isabelle's best works! A heart ripping novel...... great from the start till the end! The mixture of cultures is fantastic and very harmonic, a very multicultural novel. This novel has it all- culture, politics, romance, and of course drama.
Date published: 2005-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read As an Oprah's Book Club book I first picked it up. Once I began to read it I really enjoyed the journey the characters take. Eliza is a simple girl born in Chile centuries ago. The novel follows her as she grows up and falls in love. When she chases her love to California we see her battle against the new way of life and strangers she meets along the way. It is a piece of history, captivating, satisfying, a book you don't want to finish. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2003-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it I found this book to be extremly dull. I gave it to my mother with a warning that its long and tedious. The plot was annoying, and the way that events were hinted at bothered me. After I was done with it, I was happy it was over and tossed it across the room.
Date published: 2001-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Allende spun a beautiful story. Like "House of Spirits" and "Eva Luna" Allende managed to intertwine the stories of a few really interesting characters. Her novel follows a natural progression and leaves a reader thinking that she could follow up with a sequel. Her character's go beyond the stories that we read about in the novel and hint at other wonderful adventures. I would definately recommend this book to a friend.
Date published: 2000-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I liked this book, and was glad I spent the money on it. The story was alittle slow at first, but stick with it, it gets good. I loved the ending, and you really feel in touch with Eliza. if you love history, as I do, then get this book. It's the making of America!!
Date published: 2000-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Adventurous I am a big fan of Isabel Allende, but I found that her latest novel, Daughter of Fortune, was less than what I expected from a writer that gave us such wonderful novels as House of the Spirits and Eva Luna. While the writer's descriptive style is evident in this novel, I cannot help being left wanting more. The character development and the storyline seem to be lacking something that cannot be easily explained. In addition, the book, especially the first third, is extremely slow. I had a very hard time being captivated by this novel. The adventurous background and the changes of landscapes still leave me a little disppointed.
Date published: 2000-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Couldn't Put It Down I'm 15 years old and I thought that "Daughter of Fortune" was a pretty good book. I first bought it because I wanted something to read. I read a couple of good reviews about it and saw it on Oprah, so I gave it a chance. It took me awhile to get interested in the whole plot, which is rare for me, but after awhile, I couldn't put it down. This book is sappy without being too sappy. The novel is about a woman's self-discovery and the inner stength she acquires while trying to find her lover in California. The only problems I had with this book were (1) it was kind of schmaltzy at times (which can good once in awhile), and (2) it ends too soon!!!
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Isabelle Allende Anyone familiar with Allende's works will appreciate this newest and long awaited one. This book loses none of that Spanish touch Allende's so good at. Though I felt that some of the characters could have been even further developed I couldn't put the book down. A good quiet read best read in one sitting.
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romantic Thought I thought I would enjoy this novel more than I did. It is based on a very romantic notion, that love can make you leave the most comfortable life for one that is a complete unknown. The characters were mildly entertaining, but I felt the story was missing the depth I was hoping for in the characters.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written This book portrays an intelligent girl who grows into a courageous woman. Her life, the scenary, and the people she interacts with are described with love and passion. I was swept away in the colourful prose to a far land and a distant time.
Date published: 2000-06-12

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DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE OPRAH 31 HC

by Isabel/focus Allende

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.53 × 6.44 × 1.38 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006019491x

ISBN - 13: 9780060194918

From the Publisher

Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.

So begins Isabel Allende’s enchanting new novel, Daughter of Fortune, her most ambitious work of fiction yet. As we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a ship to the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, we enter a world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven mad by gold fever. A society of single men and prostitutes among whom Eliza moves--with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chien--California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean. Her search for the elusive Joaquín gradually turns into another kind of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.

Daughter of Fortune is a sweeping portrait of an era, a story rich in character, history, violence, and compassion. In Eliza, Allende has created one of her most appealing heroines, an adventurous, independent-minded, and highly unconventional young woman who has the courage to reinvent herself and to create her own destiny in a new country. A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende’s extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world’s leading writers.

About the Author

Nacida en Perú, Isabel Allende se crió en Chile. Algunos de sus libros, La casa de los espíritus, De amor y sombra, Eva Luna, Cuentos de Eva Luna, El plan infinito, y más recientemente, Paula, raducidos a más de 25 lenguas, encabezan la lista de bestsellers en varios paises de America y Europa. Isabel Allende reside actualmente en California.

Born in Peru, Isabel Allende was raised in Chile. She is the author of the novels Portrait in Sepia, Daughter of Fortune, The Infinite Plan, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and The House of the Spirits, the short story collection The Stories of Eva Luna, the memoir Paula, and Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. City of the Beast is her first novel for young readers. She lives in California.

From Our Editors

In 1843, a baby is left on the doorstep of the Sommers family in the British colony of Valparaiso, Chile. Taken in by Rose and Jeremy Sommers, she grows to maturity and finds love in Joaquin Andieta, but news of the California gold rush is to take him away from her and is to change her life forever. Daughter of Fortune is the story of one woman's journey across a seemingly immeasurable distance, of her search for the man she loves, and of her even more important journey toward independence and self-reliance. Written by leading Latin American novelist Isabel Allende, this book itself is an astonishing feat; it will continue to haunt you long after you've turned the last page.

Editorial Reviews

ôSprawling, engrossing, richly textured and expansively told . . . This is storytelling at its most seductive, a brash historical adventure.ö -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An extravagant tale by a gifted storyteller whose spell brings to life the 19th century world. . . . entertaining and well paced . . . compelling." -- Los Angeles Times A "rich cast of characters . . . a pleasurable story. . . . In Daughter of Fortune, Allende has continued her obsession with passion and violence.ö" -- New York Times Book Review ôAllende projects a woman’s point of view with confidence, control and an expansive definition of romance as a fact of life.ö -- Time ôAllende is a unique and staggering storyteller with an enviable talent for intricate narratives . . . Once the reader submits to her wizardry, a florid, detailed universe of hopes and lust, of class struggle and quarreling individual identities, unfolds.ö -- The Boston Sunday Globe ôAllende has created a masterpiece of historical fiction that is passionate, adventurous, and brilliantly insightful. And right up to the end, it’s suspenseful and surprising.ö -- Denver Post ôThe Chilean novelist possesses the eyes, ears, mind, heart and pluck to manufacture generous and feisty fiction. . . . [A] rambunctious picaresque about love and obsession.ö -- Miami Herald ôAllende interweaves a densely layered tale of passion with the stuff of history and legend.ö -- San Diego Union-Tribune ôAllende details her plot and settings richly.ö -
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