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An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Here in the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, she enters 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 Chi'en--California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean. Her search for the elusive lover gradually turns into another kind of journey, and by the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is. A sweeping portrait of an era, and a masterful novel of love, adversity, spirit, and fulfillment, DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE once again demonstrates Isabel Allende's extraordinary literary gifts and confirms her place as one of the world's leading writers.

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An orphan raised in Valparaíso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849 — a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation. In this rough-and-tumble world of panhandlers and prostitutes, immigrants and aristocrats, Eliza will discover a new life of freedom, independence, and a love greater than any ever dreamed.

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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.

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caitlinsmom, January 23, 2007 (view all comments by caitlinsmom)
I was actually somewhat dissapointed with this book. I thaought Allende's book House of the Spirits was very good, but I didn't think this one was up to par with that one. I found the story very hard to get into, and I felt that the conclusion of the story left much to be desired. I agree with the other reviewer that the characters were interesting, but I felt disconnected from them. I kept waiting for something more to happen with the plot, but nothing did. Allende is a great writer, but maybe I was expecting too much from this one after reading the House of the Spirits. I felt that there was more focus on the political and historical aspects of the time than on the characters in the story, which I know other people might really like, but I wanted to be better acquainted with the people than the surroundings.
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GabrielleAnne, September 8, 2006 (view all comments by GabrielleAnne)
I discovered this book when I was desperately searching for a book to read for fun over the summer. I was perusing the "Summer Reading" rack at my local Borders, and this caught my eye. I was and still am reluctant to spend money on books if I can find them at the library, but this turned out to be a great investment. The character of Eliza Sommers is now one of my favorite fictional heroines. Bright, curious, spunky, devoted, and a fine hand at cooking, she is a surprising mix of a properly raised lady with her social constraints and a vivacious young woman who has all the freedom in the world. Her journey to follow her lover to America shows surprising courage, and it does not go unrewarded. The strange blend of people that we meet along the course of the plot complement the character of Eliza well.

I would recommend this book to everyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380821013
Subtitle:
A Novel
Translator:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Author:
Allende, Isabel
Author:
Allende, Isabelle
Author:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
California
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Gold mines and mining
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
20011030
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
6.86x4.28x1.23 in. .48 lbs.

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