Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.9 × 4.15 × 0.85 in
Published: August 1, 1989
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0553280589
ISBN - 13: 9780553280586
Read from the Book
Chapter One My name is Eva, which means "life," according to a book of names my mother consulted. I was born in the back room of a shadowy house, and grew up amidst ancient furniture, books in Latin, and human mummies, but none of those things made me melancholy, because I came into the world with a breath of the jungle in my memory. My father, an Indian with yellow eyes, came from the place where the hundred rivers meet; he smelled of lush growing things and he never looked directly at the sky, because he had grown up beneath a canopy of trees, and light seemed indecent to him. Consuelo, my mother, spent her childhood in an enchanted region where for centuries adventurers have searched for the city of pure gold the conquistadors saw when they peered into the abyss of their own ambitions. She was marked forever by that landscape, and in some way she managed to pass that sign on to me. Missionaries took Consuelo in before she learned to walk; she appeared one day, a naked cub caked with mud and excrement, crawling across the footbridge from the dock like a tiny Jonah vomited up by some freshwater whale. When they bathed her, it was clear beyond a shadow of doubt that she was a girl, which must have caused no little consternation among them; but she was already there and it would not do to throw her into the river, so they draped her in a diaper to cover her shame, squeezed a few drops of lemon into her eyes to heal the infection that had prevented her from opening th
From the Publisher
An exotic dance that beguiles and entices... The enchanted and enchanting account of a  contemporary Scheherazade, a wide-eyed American  teller-of-tales who triumphs over harsh reality  through the creative power of her own imagination...
From the Jacket
An exotic dance that beguiles and entices... The enchanted and enchanting account of a contemporary Scheherazade, a wide-eyed American teller-of-tales who triumphs over harsh reality through the creative power of her own imagination...
About the Author
Born in Peru, Isabel Allende is Chilean. She was a journalist for many years and began to write fiction in 1981. The result was the worldwide bestseller The House of the Spirits, which was followed by the equally successful Of Love and Shadows. Her other books are Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna. Long a resident of Caracas, she now makes her home in San Rafael, California, where she is completing a new book.
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From Our Editors
Niece of the assassinated Chilean president Salvador Allende, Isabel Allende has written a luminous literary novel that traces the life of an orphan from her impoverished beginnings to her rise to fame and fortune
"Imaginative, original, convincing, pointed, and  spiced with good humor and wit." --  San Francisco  Chronicle.
"Remarkable... a cascade of stories tumbles out  before the reader, stories vivid and passionate and  human... Allende seems to draw characters and  tales from a bottomless well as Eva Luna narrates  the story of her life." --  Washington Post Book World.
"An  epic tale... Eva matures and comes to love a  Turkish merchant, a guerrilla fighter, and a German  immigrant... [in] this romantic confection of a  novel." -- People