Eva Luna

by Isabel Allende

Random House Publishing Group | August 1, 1989 | Mass Market Paperbound

Eva Luna is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
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...

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

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Another great Isabel Allende story.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from . This novel is certainly worth reading, paticulary by women. It basically outlines the life of an orphaned girl who is destined for an unfortunate future and the ways in which fate interferes inorder to give her a new and independent identity. There is, on the other hand, alot of political occurances. They don't dominate the plot but certainly lead it forward.
Date published: 2002-03-07

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Eva Luna

Eva Luna

by Isabel Allende

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

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Chapter OneMy 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 them, and bapt
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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...

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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

Editorial Reviews

"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