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"Though she writes from the Spaniards' point of view, Allende attempts a balanced description of the violent clashes between the conquistadores and Chile's fearless Mapuche Indians....But it's Suarez who is the heart of this book. In the early chapters, we see her as an ordinary woman taking advantage of extraordinary events to change her economic and social status. Later we understand: She would have been an extraordinary woman in any age." Zee Edgell, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

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Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés, a seamstress, finds herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or hope for the future. It is the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when her shiftless husband disappears to the New World, Inés uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure. After her treacherous journey takes her to Peru, she learns that her husband has died in battle. Soon she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro.

Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have failed: to become the conquerer of Chile. The natives of Chile are fearsome warriors, and the land is rumored to be barren of gold, but this suits Valdivia, who seeks only honor and glory. Together the lovers Inés Suárez and Pedro de Valdivia will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage a bloody, ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans — the fierce local Indians led by the chief Michimalonko, and the even fiercer Mapuche from the south. The horrific struggle will change them forever, pulling each of them toward their separate destinies.

Inés of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope: meticulously researched, it engagingly dramatizes the known events of Inés Suárez's life, crafting them into a novel full of the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.

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"Only months after the inauguration of Chile's first female president, Allende recounts in her usual sweeping style the grand tale of Doña Inés Suárez (1507–1580), arguably the country's founding mother. Writing in the year of her death, Inés tells of her modest girlhood in Spain and traveling to the New World as a young wife to find her missing husband, Juan. Upon learning of Juan's humiliating death in battle, Inés determines to stay in the fledgling colony of Peru, where she falls fervently in love with Don Pedro de Valdivia, loyal field marshal of Francisco Pizarro. The two lovers aim to found a new society based on Christian and egalitarian principles that Valdivia later finds hard to reconcile with his personal desire for glory. Inés proves herself not only a capable helpmate and a worthy cofounder of a nation, but also a ferocious fighter who both captivates and frightens her fellow settlers. Inés narrates with a clear eye and a sensitivity to native peoples that rarely lapses into anachronistic political correctness. Basing the tale on documented events of her heroine's life, Allende crafts a swift, thrilling epic, packed with fierce battles and passionate romance." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Only months after the inauguration of Chile's first female president, Allende recounts in her usual sweeping style the grand tale of Doa Ins Surez (1507 — 1580), arguably the country's founding mother. Writing in the year of her death, Ins tells of her modest girlhood in Spain and traveling to the New World as a young wife to find her missing husband, Juan. Upon learning of Juan's humiliating death in battle, Ins determines to stay in the fledgling colony of Peru, where she falls fervently in love with Don Pedro de Valdivia, loyal field marshal of Francisco Pizarro. The two lovers aim to found a new society based on Christian and egalitarian principles that Valdivia later finds hard to reconcile with his personal desire for glory. Ins proves herself not only a capable helpmate and a worthy cofounder of a nation, but also a ferocious fighter who both captivates and frightens her fellow settlers. Ins narrates with a clear eye and a sensitivity to native peoples that rarely lapses into anachronistic political correctness. Basing the tale on documented events of her heroine's life, Allende crafts a swift, thrilling epic, packed with fierce battles and passionate romance." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Isabel Allende's new novel, 'Ines of My Soul,' the 15th book she has published in just over two decades, is in many ways her most ambitious. It is historical fiction, set in Spain, Peru (where she was born) and Chile (where she grew up) in the 16th century, the time of the Spanish conquest of Central and South America, one of the bloodiest periods in human history. Its central character is an actual... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Allende's novel broadens and deepens into a richly drawn depiction of the harshness of New World colonial life. She is an exquisite handler of historical detail, always conscious of keeping her story line above sinking beneath the particulars." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"Here are bloody battles and torture, excesses of passion, well-drawn characters, and, as always in Allende's work, the surrealistic merging of a spirit world with our world....A beautifully crafted work by one of the finest writers of our time." Providence Journal

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"[T]horough and unflinching....The action is nonstop and the characters intriguing....The history is fascinating...and Allende's talent (and ever-moving plot) keeps the pages turning. It's a joy to see Inés triumph." Rocky Mountain News

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"Leave it up to Isabel Allende to write a novel of the conquistadors with a woman at its fast-pumping heart....Allende, who has stumbled in recent books, has written her surest work since The House of the Spirits." USA Today

Review:

"Inés of My Soul might be Allende's best novel, better even than The House of the Spirits. I enjoyed it far more, not as a result of its style but because of the questions it poses." Boston Globe

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"[T]he construction of the sentences alone make the novel a worthwhile read....Considerably better than her previous novels, Zorro and the national bestseller Daughter of Fortune, this is one work Allende fans should not miss." Miami Herald

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"The narrative device that Allende has chosen...is boring and distracting....Turgid and detached — homework masquerading as epic." Kirkus Reviews

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"[M]eticulously researched and offers a detailed account of a little-known time period in history....Unfortunately, this passive retelling of hardships, battles, and love affairs becomes dry, tedious, and repetitive." Library Journal

About the Author

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of eight novels, including, most recently, Zorro, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, including My Invented Country and Paula; and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.

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Sebastian1979, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Sebastian1979)
Interesting, but a bit brutal for my taste.
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Kim, March 10, 2007 (view all comments by Kim)
This is yet another lyrically written book from Ms. Allende. She magically is able to mix in history with fiction in telling the story of Ines. I was amazed at the strength of Ines in her founding of Peru. Beautiful story!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061161537
Author:
Allende, Isabel
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Translator:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Author:
Allende, Isabelle
Author:
by Isabel Allende
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suarez, Ines
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
November 7, 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6.125 x 1.05 in 20.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Only months after the inauguration of Chile's first female president, Allende recounts in her usual sweeping style the grand tale of Doña Inés Suárez (1507–1580), arguably the country's founding mother. Writing in the year of her death, Inés tells of her modest girlhood in Spain and traveling to the New World as a young wife to find her missing husband, Juan. Upon learning of Juan's humiliating death in battle, Inés determines to stay in the fledgling colony of Peru, where she falls fervently in love with Don Pedro de Valdivia, loyal field marshal of Francisco Pizarro. The two lovers aim to found a new society based on Christian and egalitarian principles that Valdivia later finds hard to reconcile with his personal desire for glory. Inés proves herself not only a capable helpmate and a worthy cofounder of a nation, but also a ferocious fighter who both captivates and frightens her fellow settlers. Inés narrates with a clear eye and a sensitivity to native peoples that rarely lapses into anachronistic political correctness. Basing the tale on documented events of her heroine's life, Allende crafts a swift, thrilling epic, packed with fierce battles and passionate romance." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Only months after the inauguration of Chile's first female president, Allende recounts in her usual sweeping style the grand tale of Doa Ins Surez (1507 — 1580), arguably the country's founding mother. Writing in the year of her death, Ins tells of her modest girlhood in Spain and traveling to the New World as a young wife to find her missing husband, Juan. Upon learning of Juan's humiliating death in battle, Ins determines to stay in the fledgling colony of Peru, where she falls fervently in love with Don Pedro de Valdivia, loyal field marshal of Francisco Pizarro. The two lovers aim to found a new society based on Christian and egalitarian principles that Valdivia later finds hard to reconcile with his personal desire for glory. Ins proves herself not only a capable helpmate and a worthy cofounder of a nation, but also a ferocious fighter who both captivates and frightens her fellow settlers. Ins narrates with a clear eye and a sensitivity to native peoples that rarely lapses into anachronistic political correctness. Basing the tale on documented events of her heroine's life, Allende crafts a swift, thrilling epic, packed with fierce battles and passionate romance." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Though she writes from the Spaniards' point of view, Allende attempts a balanced description of the violent clashes between the conquistadores and Chile's fearless Mapuche Indians....But it's Suarez who is the heart of this book. In the early chapters, we see her as an ordinary woman taking advantage of extraordinary events to change her economic and social status. Later we understand: She would have been an extraordinary woman in any age." (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Review" by , "Allende's novel broadens and deepens into a richly drawn depiction of the harshness of New World colonial life. She is an exquisite handler of historical detail, always conscious of keeping her story line above sinking beneath the particulars."
"Review" by , "Here are bloody battles and torture, excesses of passion, well-drawn characters, and, as always in Allende's work, the surrealistic merging of a spirit world with our world....A beautifully crafted work by one of the finest writers of our time."
"Review" by , "[T]horough and unflinching....The action is nonstop and the characters intriguing....The history is fascinating...and Allende's talent (and ever-moving plot) keeps the pages turning. It's a joy to see Inés triumph."
"Review" by , "Leave it up to Isabel Allende to write a novel of the conquistadors with a woman at its fast-pumping heart....Allende, who has stumbled in recent books, has written her surest work since The House of the Spirits."
"Review" by , "Inés of My Soul might be Allende's best novel, better even than The House of the Spirits. I enjoyed it far more, not as a result of its style but because of the questions it poses."
"Review" by , "[T]he construction of the sentences alone make the novel a worthwhile read....Considerably better than her previous novels, Zorro and the national bestseller Daughter of Fortune, this is one work Allende fans should not miss."
"Review" by , "The narrative device that Allende has chosen...is boring and distracting....Turgid and detached — homework masquerading as epic."
"Review" by , "[M]eticulously researched and offers a detailed account of a little-known time period in history....Unfortunately, this passive retelling of hardships, battles, and love affairs becomes dry, tedious, and repetitive."
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