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Book Title: The Stories of Eva Luna|
ISBN 13: 9780689121029
The author of the book: Isabel Allende
Edition: Atheneum Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1991
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Taking off from the book "Eva Luna", ......Eva's lover, Rolf Carle --( A photojournalist),
writes to Eva asking her to tell him stories.
In the prologue, Carle tells Eva, that he thinks in the frozen images of a photograph--but she- Eva- thinks in words. .....
So.... while Eva is lying in bed with her European lover, the refugee from Austria, tells him 23 stories.
Isabel Allende is a 'skilled storytelling'... she portrays a world in which the ordinary and the miraculous come together ---interweaving the real and the magical.
Many themes are examined---love, family, sexuality, exploitation of women, domestic violence, political oppression, economic inequality, sympathy, revenge, and compassion.
These are powerful fiction stories -seductive sensual....and like Allende...Eva Luna is a feminist.....( and 'storyteller').
In "Simple Maria"......a prostitute believes in love, yet pursues her profession as an expression for her insatiable passion.
In "The Gold of Tomas Vargas", .... both the wife and lover of an abusive man conspire to murder him. These two women live happily together --and made their way out of poverty living off the gold that he had once horded.
In "The School Teacher's Guest", .... and elderly school teacher uses a machete to kill a man who murdered her son.
In "Walimai".... revenge is the major theme --hey young women is held captive for sexual gratification working on a jungle rubber plantation.
In "And of Clay Are We Created", .....it's so sad: A young girl is trapped in a mudslide....and Eva's lover Carle is sent via helicopter to report her rescue but is unable to maintain his photo journalist objectivity..... and he stays with her until she dies. There's so much suffering, and memories of suffering in the story. Carle stays with the girl several days before she dies - and his repressed memories of youthful suffering surfaces. This is also being televised and Eva is experiencing both of their pain by watching the television news. What really got to me is this story is based on a true story from Isabel Allende's life when she witnessed the death of Omaira Sanchez, One of the thousands of victims of Colombia's Nevada Ruiz volcanic eruption in 1985.
Other stories we see through romantic delusions - economics sexual exploitation of women - secrets and bonding of women coming together who have been tortured in similar ways by the same oppressive political regime.
Psychological post traumatic scars are revealed when women gather together. Why is this ALWAYS so powerful and healing?/!!
Absurdities- confusion in the average mind -swindlers willing to take advantage of lonely hearts.....mixed with 'goodness' - love and friendship.....These stories are seriously emotionally felt. Allende - not even 5 feet in height herself - stands TALL in her passionate beliefs in convictions.... and boy, what a GRAND imagination she has. If this book doesn't remind us of the authors brilliance- I don't know what book would!!!
POWERFUL STORIES!!!!! The whole damn collection!!!!
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Read information about the authorIsabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges. She currently resides in California with her husband. Allende adopted U.S. citizenship in 2003.
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