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Daughter of Fortune ✾ [EPUB] ✶ Daughter of Fortune By Isabel Allende ❦ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valpara so, Chile, by the well intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her rigid brother Jeremy Just as she meets and falls in Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British Daughter of MOBI :Þ colony of Valpara so, Chile, by the well intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her rigid brother Jeremy Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaqu n Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California By , Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth Joaqu n takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow himAs we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a ship to the rough and tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, we enter 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 Chien California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean Her search for the elusive Joaqu n gradually turns into another kind of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom.


10 thoughts on “Daughter of Fortune

  1. Brina Brina says:

    According to Isabel Allende, the timeless tale she weaves in House of the Spirits begins with the story of Eliza Sommers in Daughter of Fortune Eliza Sommers is found in a basket as a newborn baby at the Valparaiso, Chile home of Jeremy and Rose Sommers brother and sister Rose is only 20 years old but resigned to spinsterhood and immediately feels compassion for the child, takes her in, and decides to raise her like a daughter, much to the admonition of her brother.We fast forward our tale 1 According to Isabel Allende, the timeless tale she weaves in House of the Spirits begins with the story of Eliza Sommers in Daughter of Fortune Eliza Sommers is found in a basket as a newborn baby at the Valparaiso, Chile home of Jeremy and Rose Sommers brother and sister Rose is only 20 years old but resigned to spinsterhood and immediately feels compassion for the child, takes her in, and decides to raise her like a daughter, much to the admonition of her brother.We fast forward our tale 16 years Rose has brought up Eliza to be a young lady worthy of English aristocracy Eliza has also spent time in the presence of the Del Valle family of Chilean upper class who will play a role in the entire trilogy Yet, she feels stifled in this life others have chosen for her, so when she encounters Joaquin Andieta for the first time, she is instantly smitten Andieta is a bastard child with no future in Chile and succumbs to gold fever, leaving for California He leaves Eliza pregnant, so she decides to take all the jewels meant for her trousseau and runs away from home, determined to find her lover.The second half of the novel takes place in California in Eliza s futile attempt to find Andieta While a stowaway on a ship, she miscarries and is nursed back to health by a Chinese doctor named Tao Chi en, who later becomes her life companion Tao determines that Eliza should dress like a Chinese boy so as not to be discovered, thus beginning their life in America.I enjoyed the historical aspects of life during the California gold rush Still primarily a wild west inhabited by native Americans, California attracts people from all over the world in search of fortune Chinese, Russians, Australians, Chileans, Peruvians, Mexicans, as well as people from the eastern half of the United States Because the majority of gold seekers were men, prostitutes struck it rich as well Eliza posing as a male piano player joins a traveling prostitution troop while Tao makes a name for himself as a healer in Chinatown in San Francisco.While the fortune alluded to in the title could refer to gold, it could also mean the American Dream During the 1850s, Tao faced a bleak future in China as a fourth son, yet emerges in California as a respected member of society Eliza would have been subservient to a husband in Chile, but works as Tao s assistant and harbors a dream of opening a French patisserie Meanwhile Paulina de la Santa Cruz nee Del Valle operates a successful steamship company transporting produce and high culture from Chile to California financially independent of her husband Additionally, Allende briefly touches on the interracial romance of Eliza and Tao, which would not have been tolerated in their home countries, yet accepted in a melting pot society like that of 1850s California.The end of the novel leaves me looking forward to reading its sequel A Portrait in Sepia It is supposed to bridge the gap between the lives of Eliza and Paulina with the childhood of Clara in House of the Spirits Because the second half of the book takes place in California rather than Chile, it is devoid of magical realism This demonstrates to me that Allende is a gifted storyteller in many genres I am looking forward to completing the trilogy onceand witnesses how she ties all of these stories together


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Hija de la fortuna Daughter of Fortune, Isabel AllendeDaughter of Fortune is a novel by Isabel Allende, It was published first in Spanish in 1998 Isabel Allende saysof her female protagonist in Daughter of Fortune, Eliza, that she might well represent who the author might have been in another lifeAllende spent seven years of research on this, her fifth novel, which she says is a story of a young woman s search for self knowledge In Chile during the 1840 s, Eliza Sommers is a young Chile Hija de la fortuna Daughter of Fortune, Isabel AllendeDaughter of Fortune is a novel by Isabel Allende, It was published first in Spanish in 1998 Isabel Allende saysof her female protagonist in Daughter of Fortune, Eliza, that she might well represent who the author might have been in another lifeAllende spent seven years of research on this, her fifth novel, which she says is a story of a young woman s search for self knowledge In Chile during the 1840 s, Eliza Sommers is a young Chilean girl raised and educated by English Anglican siblings Victorian spinster Rose and strict Jeremy Sommers, and their sailor brother John Sommers, who are expats living in the port of Valparaiso, ever since they found her on their doorstep, and taught in the art of cooking by the Mapuche Indian Mama Fresia Over most of Part I, Eliza s origins and upbringing, and her maturity are told Eliza falls in love with Joaquin Andieta, a young Chilean man who is concerned about his mother who is living in poverty The young couple have an affair, ultimately resulting in Eliza getting pregnant Soon, news of gold being discovered in California reaches Chile, and Joaquin goes out to California in search of a fortune Wanting to follow her lover, Eliza goes to California, with the help of Chinese zhong yi physician , Tao Chi en, who later becomes her friend, in the bowels of a ship headed by a Dutch Lutheran captain, Vincent Katz 2002 1379 431 1381 1383 1386 9789649198477 1392 20


  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    It took me a long time to read this book It was not the number of pages that got to me, but the number of words Allende packs into a page, and the fact that she arranges them all so beautifully you have to be careful not to miss one of them Her writing is stunning so why only three stars I enjoyed the story very much especially the first half when it is set in Chile Later when the book moves to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, it becomesof a history of life in those times and very li It took me a long time to read this book It was not the number of pages that got to me, but the number of words Allende packs into a page, and the fact that she arranges them all so beautifully you have to be careful not to miss one of them Her writing is stunning so why only three stars I enjoyed the story very much especially the first half when it is set in Chile Later when the book moves to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, it becomesof a history of life in those times and very little happens for many pages Events which could have been tense and exciting lose something from the fact that the author makes it clear very early on what the outcome of the book will be There were some excellent characters especially Tao Chi en Allende also includes a number of amazing, strong women all remarkable for a period when women usually lived very restricted lives Then she ruined it by making them lose all sense of logic and reason when they fell in love with totally unsuitable people For me then a good book, beautifully written but I definitely liked The Japanese Lover


  4. Susan Bain-schmidt Susan Bain-schmidt says:

    This book starts out VERY engaging and remains that way through the first 3 4 Then, very abruptly, it is as if Allende ran out of things to say, or rather, became distracted by another project The book ends TERRIBLY The last 1 4 is a slog to get through and, becuase the first part is so wonderful, I kept reading and thinking surely, this will work out But no joy I would suggest reading it BUT don t hope for a great wrap up at the end It is a lot like drinking a cold bottle of Coke on a h This book starts out VERY engaging and remains that way through the first 3 4 Then, very abruptly, it is as if Allende ran out of things to say, or rather, became distracted by another project The book ends TERRIBLY The last 1 4 is a slog to get through and, becuase the first part is so wonderful, I kept reading and thinking surely, this will work out But no joy I would suggest reading it BUT don t hope for a great wrap up at the end It is a lot like drinking a cold bottle of Coke on a hot day everything starts out all fresh and fizzy and delicious but by the end of the bottle, it is just flat and luke warm


  5. Lit Bug Lit Bug says:

    Rather than an objective evaluation of this novel as a work of literary fiction, this rating and review isa reflection of how deeply it has continued to affect me over the years Despite the differences of time and place, customs and traditions, exposure and beliefs, there is something very primitive about the bonds I share with Eliza Sommers And to some extent, to the English colony in Valparaiso, Chile, where this story is set, in the first half of the 19th century I am too strongly af Rather than an objective evaluation of this novel as a work of literary fiction, this rating and review isa reflection of how deeply it has continued to affect me over the years Despite the differences of time and place, customs and traditions, exposure and beliefs, there is something very primitive about the bonds I share with Eliza Sommers And to some extent, to the English colony in Valparaiso, Chile, where this story is set, in the first half of the 19th century I am too strongly affected by my affiliation to Eliza to condemn this novel to what it truly is, though I will deal with that part too It has struck too deep a chord in my heart, so consider this as much a disclaimer for what is to come as an admission of my deviation from objectivity.I read this first in 2007, and though, with repeated readings I almost know it by heart, I keep on revisiting it in my quest to draw strength from obscure, invisible, intangible sources It is about a girl growing wings in a cage that is supposed to keep them clipped Some birds are simply not meant to fly, in others eyes The bird will sing in its native tongue, perhaps a song of anguish, which its captors will take for one of joy For the bird is supposed to entertain, not to be entertained To comfort, not to be comforted But people forget, that a clipped bird no longer sings It only croons Or refuses to sing at all.We enter Valparaiso, a British Colony on the Chilean coast in the early 1800s, where women went about in stiff corsets, learning piano and housekeeping, straining their lungs out to be sweet, capable, subservient Men, as Mama Fresia, the Mapucho cook of the Sommers family warned Eliza, did what they pleased to women , so that the honor of the women was solely at the discretion of her own self While Eliza, an orphan brought up by the Sommers, begins to grow invisible wings, defiant of the stifling customs in her own silent, stubborn way, it falls to Rose, the sole woman in the family, to keep an eye on her, following her own indiscretion at the age of 18 with a German composer that had sentenced her to singlehood in a foreign country, where she secretly mourned the consequences of stepping out of the line of decency.With Eliza unwittingly following the same course in the throes of young, passionate love and her lover Joaquin Andieta, a poor man fired with the ideas of revolution and a poet at heart, leaving Chile for California to try his luck in the Gold Rush, Rose descends into her own memories of her first wild love Determined to pull Eliza out, she realizes it is too late, for Eliza has disappeared, and is most probably following her lover.It is Eliza s four year long journey in an inhospitable, unruly, wild but free land that shapes her, and makes her fully aware of what she is Dressed as a mute boy, with Tao Chi en, the Chinese healer mourning for his dead, beloved wife Lin, Eliza heads out to find in the anonymous masses her lover, embarking on a journey that will not take her to him in the way she had wished The journey of the search for her love transforms gradually into a journey of self discovery, of little by little, discarding the vestiges and bondages of the cage that constrained her Her quest for reuniting with her man leads her to him, but in ways she had never imagined when she started out pregnant with his baby at the age of sixteen She finds her love, but it turns out to be very different from that of her dreams.What interested me most were the quick pace of the work, the historical fiction aspect of it and the feminist slant to it Although I don t dislike Austen, I m not particularly fond of her either she writes way better than Allende , because I cannot relate to any of her heroines they come across as stereotypes to me, which I m not very sympathetic to Allende s writing is modest I surely do not consider it her strong point But it is for the most part simple but adequate in its pace, and devoid of lofty pretensions Or maybe, it is just the translation which makes it a bit bland for my liking maybe the original in Spanish is far better So I m inclined to give it the benefit of doubt.She ties the strands expertly, not allowing for logical lapses, which are another pet peeve of mine I prefer stories that do not flag rationally The characterization, I thought, was the best part to me Eliza hadn t changed at all, though she had changed a lot it happened so slowly by degrees, it didn t feel artificial, though at some points it did seem a bit rushed But there were some pointed observations that resonate with me even now Oh, her words haunt me day and night, even before I d read them, because I live with them from day to day, straining to break free They are my invisible cages that I beat and break my wings against Even if they sound so ordinaryIt is man s nature to be savage it is woman s destiny to preserve moral values and good conduct, Jeremy Sommers pontificated Really, brother You and I both know that my nature issavage than yours, Rose would joke People are beginning to ask questions and Eliza surely imagines a future that does not befit her Nothing as perilous, you know, as the demon of fantasy embedded in every female heartTechnically, there are quite a lot flaws there is hardly any sub text to decipher and enjoy, nor a lyrical, captivating narration And yet, it captivated me, because Eliza mirrored me I found myself when I stared into her eyes Eliza Sommers, I open your pages when I find myself blank And I d almost wept at the recognition when Rose told youI would happily give half my life to have the freedom a man has, Eliza But we are women, and that is our cross All we can do is try to get the best from the little we haveBut I don t intend to be a Rose, Eliza I d rather be you


  6. Erin Erin says:

    3.5 stars Confession time I was cleaning this weekend and came across this book A book that I thought I had finished reading, but I found a bookmark where I had obviously stopped.A proper re read for 2018 was warranted The best way to describe Isabel Allende is that she s both poet and painter Just like a poet, Allende wants her readers to be seduced by all five senses Like, a painter, Allende makes sure that her readers with their eyes open or shut are transported back to the time period 3.5 stars Confession time I was cleaning this weekend and came across this book A book that I thought I had finished reading, but I found a bookmark where I had obviously stopped.A proper re read for 2018 was warranted The best way to describe Isabel Allende is that she s both poet and painter Just like a poet, Allende wants her readers to be seduced by all five senses Like, a painter, Allende makes sure that her readers with their eyes open or shut are transported back to the time period she s writing about In this case, Chile and California in the span of years between 1843 1853 That might seem like a short period of time, but remember, there s lots of detail Perhaps the biggest gem of Allende s work is that she writes strong women and she puts her women in precarious situations and sees what they will do about them Both Miss Rose and Eliza are women who both try to overcome the obstacles of their birth The only drawback of the story was that it just ended without feeling like the end


  7. Helga Helga says:

    I read this book a long time ago and remember I enjoyed it a lot It was very well written, as is the case with all Allende s books I liked the gripping story line and the characters which seemed real and vivid Maybe I would read it again in the near future.


  8. Sammy Sammy says:

    I remember beginning to read Daughter of Fortune several years ago but for some reason put it aside and never finished it How I was able to do that so easily, I will never know because the second time around this book ended up being difficult to put down.Isabel Allende has created a very engaging and well rounded character in Eliza Sommers I found the most endearing thing about Eliza was her stubborness and her imperfections Often that is what will draw me to a character because it makes them I remember beginning to read Daughter of Fortune several years ago but for some reason put it aside and never finished it How I was able to do that so easily, I will never know because the second time around this book ended up being difficult to put down.Isabel Allende has created a very engaging and well rounded character in Eliza Sommers I found the most endearing thing about Eliza was her stubborness and her imperfections Often that is what will draw me to a character because it makes them real, and I found Eliza couldn t bereal if she had even stepped off the page.Every character that Eliza encountered helped to enrich her life and each one addedto the story that kept you reading, but obviously the one you bonded to the most was the one who held a story of his own Tao Chi en The bond those two created could drive you crazy and was really kept me reading until the very end.Without giving anything away I ll finish off by saying this book is written like Eliza has developed raw and real Allende is not afraid to stray from the Hollywood style of story telling, with everything working out as it should or the way the reader wants it to end There are bumps and blips throughout the story that will drive you true heart romantics out of your mind, but those of us who crave a certain reality in our stories will love it.In the end this story will make you feel good, even better than your typical feel good book because you feel like you can tell yourself, this is real maybe it really did happen


  9. Colleen Colleen says:

    What an imaginative tale filled with adventure and those common themes that make up an irresistible storyline I found lovable characters and a plot that made me wantWith a bit of historical fiction thrown in for good measure Great writing words.The only good thing about marriage is becoming a widow.It isn t a husband who makes a woman look good, but many suitors.All husbands are boring, John No woman with an ounce of sense gets married to be entertained, she marries to be maintained.Kn What an imaginative tale filled with adventure and those common themes that make up an irresistible storyline I found lovable characters and a plot that made me wantWith a bit of historical fiction thrown in for good measure Great writing words.The only good thing about marriage is becoming a widow.It isn t a husband who makes a woman look good, but many suitors.All husbands are boring, John No woman with an ounce of sense gets married to be entertained, she marries to be maintained.Knowledge is of little use without wisdom, and there is no wisdom without spirituality


  10. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    My second Allende and it if this is bowling, this is her second strike.The first one was last year Paula , Allende s memoir of her daughter who died while in coma I liked it so much that I told myself that I will try to read all her books Her crystal clear prose, told in a simple straightforward fashion, is like a breath of fresh air and her stories about Chile that go back to the times even as far back as her great great grandparents years are so interesting that I envy her for knowing tho My second Allende and it if this is bowling, this is her second strike.The first one was last year Paula , Allende s memoir of her daughter who died while in coma I liked it so much that I told myself that I will try to read all her books Her crystal clear prose, told in a simple straightforward fashion, is like a breath of fresh air and her stories about Chile that go back to the times even as far back as her great great grandparents years are so interesting that I envy her for knowing those I only know some stories about my grandparents Also, since the Philippines has retained some of its Spanish influences, I could relate to those superstitions, magical visions and ancient Catholic beliefs The story starts with Eliza Sommers as an infant left at the doorstep of a house where Jeremy and Rose Sommers, British siblings, reside They take care of her At 16, Eliza falls in love with a young Chilean man, Joaquin Andieta Eliza gets pregnant and miscarriages At about that time, Gold Rush in California 1848 1855 starts Joaquin being so poor to take care of his ailing mother, goes to California to join the many Chileans who want to get their share of gold from that state Eliza, left alone missing Joaquin, follows without saying goodbye to her despised because of the scandal of her affair with Joaquin foster parents What follows next is a story of her search for her love, lost in the people s frantic search for gold in California.It is as if Eliza herself is searching for her gold It is as if her love is so pure and innocent that it can be compared to the sparks and allure of gold being panned by forty niners from California rivers Doubt not This Oprah Book Club Selection of February 2000 is in itself, a gem Allende says that Eliza s life mirrorsher struggle to define the role of feminism in her lifeThis is because the girl infant left at the doorstep of the English siblings grew up to become a strong willed, independent Chilean fighting for her existence under the American sky keeping that hope to find her happiness despite all odds being against her Allende born 1942 , a Chilean born, writes in Spanish but now lives in San Francisco She is said to be the the world s most widely read Spanish author Allende s novels have been translated into over 30 languages and soldthan 56 million copies Source Wiki.Her being compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez is not by accident She rightfully deserves it.With her House of Spirits , Eva Luna and Of Love and Shadows staring at me while sitting prettily in my bookshelf, I know there will beAllende s strikes soon


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10 thoughts on “Daughter of Fortune

  1. Brina Brina says:

    According to Isabel Allende, the timeless tale she weaves in House of the Spirits begins with the story of Eliza Sommers in Daughter of Fortune Eliza Sommers is found in a basket as a newborn baby at the Valparaiso, Chile home of Jeremy and Rose Sommers brother and sister Rose is only 20 years old but resigned to spinsterhood and immediately feels compassion for the child, takes her in, and decides to raise her like a daughter, much to the admonition of her brother.We fast forward our tale 1 According to Isabel Allende, the timeless tale she weaves in House of the Spirits begins with the story of Eliza Sommers in Daughter of Fortune Eliza Sommers is found in a basket as a newborn baby at the Valparaiso, Chile home of Jeremy and Rose Sommers brother and sister Rose is only 20 years old but resigned to spinsterhood and immediately feels compassion for the child, takes her in, and decides to raise her like a daughter, much to the admonition of her brother.We fast forward our tale 16 years Rose has brought up Eliza to be a young lady worthy of English aristocracy Eliza has also spent time in the presence of the Del Valle family of Chilean upper class who will play a role in the entire trilogy Yet, she feels stifled in this life others have chosen for her, so when she encounters Joaquin Andieta for the first time, she is instantly smitten Andieta is a bastard child with no future in Chile and succumbs to gold fever, leaving for California He leaves Eliza pregnant, so she decides to take all the jewels meant for her trousseau and runs away from home, determined to find her lover.The second half of the novel takes place in California in Eliza s futile attempt to find Andieta While a stowaway on a ship, she miscarries and is nursed back to health by a Chinese doctor named Tao Chi en, who later becomes her life companion Tao determines that Eliza should dress like a Chinese boy so as not to be discovered, thus beginning their life in America.I enjoyed the historical aspects of life during the California gold rush Still primarily a wild west inhabited by native Americans, California attracts people from all over the world in search of fortune Chinese, Russians, Australians, Chileans, Peruvians, Mexicans, as well as people from the eastern half of the United States Because the majority of gold seekers were men, prostitutes struck it rich as well Eliza posing as a male piano player joins a traveling prostitution troop while Tao makes a name for himself as a healer in Chinatown in San Francisco.While the fortune alluded to in the title could refer to gold, it could also mean the American Dream During the 1850s, Tao faced a bleak future in China as a fourth son, yet emerges in California as a respected member of society Eliza would have been subservient to a husband in Chile, but works as Tao s assistant and harbors a dream of opening a French patisserie Meanwhile Paulina de la Santa Cruz nee Del Valle operates a successful steamship company transporting produce and high culture from Chile to California financially independent of her husband Additionally, Allende briefly touches on the interracial romance of Eliza and Tao, which would not have been tolerated in their home countries, yet accepted in a melting pot society like that of 1850s California.The end of the novel leaves me looking forward to reading its sequel A Portrait in Sepia It is supposed to bridge the gap between the lives of Eliza and Paulina with the childhood of Clara in House of the Spirits Because the second half of the book takes place in California rather than Chile, it is devoid of magical realism This demonstrates to me that Allende is a gifted storyteller in many genres I am looking forward to completing the trilogy onceand witnesses how she ties all of these stories together

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Hija de la fortuna Daughter of Fortune, Isabel AllendeDaughter of Fortune is a novel by Isabel Allende, It was published first in Spanish in 1998 Isabel Allende saysof her female protagonist in Daughter of Fortune, Eliza, that she might well represent who the author might have been in another lifeAllende spent seven years of research on this, her fifth novel, which she says is a story of a young woman s search for self knowledge In Chile during the 1840 s, Eliza Sommers is a young Chile Hija de la fortuna Daughter of Fortune, Isabel AllendeDaughter of Fortune is a novel by Isabel Allende, It was published first in Spanish in 1998 Isabel Allende saysof her female protagonist in Daughter of Fortune, Eliza, that she might well represent who the author might have been in another lifeAllende spent seven years of research on this, her fifth novel, which she says is a story of a young woman s search for self knowledge In Chile during the 1840 s, Eliza Sommers is a young Chilean girl raised and educated by English Anglican siblings Victorian spinster Rose and strict Jeremy Sommers, and their sailor brother John Sommers, who are expats living in the port of Valparaiso, ever since they found her on their doorstep, and taught in the art of cooking by the Mapuche Indian Mama Fresia Over most of Part I, Eliza s origins and upbringing, and her maturity are told Eliza falls in love with Joaquin Andieta, a young Chilean man who is concerned about his mother who is living in poverty The young couple have an affair, ultimately resulting in Eliza getting pregnant Soon, news of gold being discovered in California reaches Chile, and Joaquin goes out to California in search of a fortune Wanting to follow her lover, Eliza goes to California, with the help of Chinese zhong yi physician , Tao Chi en, who later becomes her friend, in the bowels of a ship headed by a Dutch Lutheran captain, Vincent Katz 2002 1379 431 1381 1383 1386 9789649198477 1392 20

  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    It took me a long time to read this book It was not the number of pages that got to me, but the number of words Allende packs into a page, and the fact that she arranges them all so beautifully you have to be careful not to miss one of them Her writing is stunning so why only three stars I enjoyed the story very much especially the first half when it is set in Chile Later when the book moves to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, it becomesof a history of life in those times and very li It took me a long time to read this book It was not the number of pages that got to me, but the number of words Allende packs into a page, and the fact that she arranges them all so beautifully you have to be careful not to miss one of them Her writing is stunning so why only three stars I enjoyed the story very much especially the first half when it is set in Chile Later when the book moves to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, it becomesof a history of life in those times and very little happens for many pages Events which could have been tense and exciting lose something from the fact that the author makes it clear very early on what the outcome of the book will be There were some excellent characters especially Tao Chi en Allende also includes a number of amazing, strong women all remarkable for a period when women usually lived very restricted lives Then she ruined it by making them lose all sense of logic and reason when they fell in love with totally unsuitable people For me then a good book, beautifully written but I definitely liked The Japanese Lover

  4. Susan Bain-schmidt Susan Bain-schmidt says:

    This book starts out VERY engaging and remains that way through the first 3 4 Then, very abruptly, it is as if Allende ran out of things to say, or rather, became distracted by another project The book ends TERRIBLY The last 1 4 is a slog to get through and, becuase the first part is so wonderful, I kept reading and thinking surely, this will work out But no joy I would suggest reading it BUT don t hope for a great wrap up at the end It is a lot like drinking a cold bottle of Coke on a h This book starts out VERY engaging and remains that way through the first 3 4 Then, very abruptly, it is as if Allende ran out of things to say, or rather, became distracted by another project The book ends TERRIBLY The last 1 4 is a slog to get through and, becuase the first part is so wonderful, I kept reading and thinking surely, this will work out But no joy I would suggest reading it BUT don t hope for a great wrap up at the end It is a lot like drinking a cold bottle of Coke on a hot day everything starts out all fresh and fizzy and delicious but by the end of the bottle, it is just flat and luke warm

  5. Lit Bug Lit Bug says:

    Rather than an objective evaluation of this novel as a work of literary fiction, this rating and review isa reflection of how deeply it has continued to affect me over the years Despite the differences of time and place, customs and traditions, exposure and beliefs, there is something very primitive about the bonds I share with Eliza Sommers And to some extent, to the English colony in Valparaiso, Chile, where this story is set, in the first half of the 19th century I am too strongly af Rather than an objective evaluation of this novel as a work of literary fiction, this rating and review isa reflection of how deeply it has continued to affect me over the years Despite the differences of time and place, customs and traditions, exposure and beliefs, there is something very primitive about the bonds I share with Eliza Sommers And to some extent, to the English colony in Valparaiso, Chile, where this story is set, in the first half of the 19th century I am too strongly affected by my affiliation to Eliza to condemn this novel to what it truly is, though I will deal with that part too It has struck too deep a chord in my heart, so consider this as much a disclaimer for what is to come as an admission of my deviation from objectivity.I read this first in 2007, and though, with repeated readings I almost know it by heart, I keep on revisiting it in my quest to draw strength from obscure, invisible, intangible sources It is about a girl growing wings in a cage that is supposed to keep them clipped Some birds are simply not meant to fly, in others eyes The bird will sing in its native tongue, perhaps a song of anguish, which its captors will take for one of joy For the bird is supposed to entertain, not to be entertained To comfort, not to be comforted But people forget, that a clipped bird no longer sings It only croons Or refuses to sing at all.We enter Valparaiso, a British Colony on the Chilean coast in the early 1800s, where women went about in stiff corsets, learning piano and housekeeping, straining their lungs out to be sweet, capable, subservient Men, as Mama Fresia, the Mapucho cook of the Sommers family warned Eliza, did what they pleased to women , so that the honor of the women was solely at the discretion of her own self While Eliza, an orphan brought up by the Sommers, begins to grow invisible wings, defiant of the stifling customs in her own silent, stubborn way, it falls to Rose, the sole woman in the family, to keep an eye on her, following her own indiscretion at the age of 18 with a German composer that had sentenced her to singlehood in a foreign country, where she secretly mourned the consequences of stepping out of the line of decency.With Eliza unwittingly following the same course in the throes of young, passionate love and her lover Joaquin Andieta, a poor man fired with the ideas of revolution and a poet at heart, leaving Chile for California to try his luck in the Gold Rush, Rose descends into her own memories of her first wild love Determined to pull Eliza out, she realizes it is too late, for Eliza has disappeared, and is most probably following her lover.It is Eliza s four year long journey in an inhospitable, unruly, wild but free land that shapes her, and makes her fully aware of what she is Dressed as a mute boy, with Tao Chi en, the Chinese healer mourning for his dead, beloved wife Lin, Eliza heads out to find in the anonymous masses her lover, embarking on a journey that will not take her to him in the way she had wished The journey of the search for her love transforms gradually into a journey of self discovery, of little by little, discarding the vestiges and bondages of the cage that constrained her Her quest for reuniting with her man leads her to him, but in ways she had never imagined when she started out pregnant with his baby at the age of sixteen She finds her love, but it turns out to be very different from that of her dreams.What interested me most were the quick pace of the work, the historical fiction aspect of it and the feminist slant to it Although I don t dislike Austen, I m not particularly fond of her either she writes way better than Allende , because I cannot relate to any of her heroines they come across as stereotypes to me, which I m not very sympathetic to Allende s writing is modest I surely do not consider it her strong point But it is for the most part simple but adequate in its pace, and devoid of lofty pretensions Or maybe, it is just the translation which makes it a bit bland for my liking maybe the original in Spanish is far better So I m inclined to give it the benefit of doubt.She ties the strands expertly, not allowing for logical lapses, which are another pet peeve of mine I prefer stories that do not flag rationally The characterization, I thought, was the best part to me Eliza hadn t changed at all, though she had changed a lot it happened so slowly by degrees, it didn t feel artificial, though at some points it did seem a bit rushed But there were some pointed observations that resonate with me even now Oh, her words haunt me day and night, even before I d read them, because I live with them from day to day, straining to break free They are my invisible cages that I beat and break my wings against Even if they sound so ordinaryIt is man s nature to be savage it is woman s destiny to preserve moral values and good conduct, Jeremy Sommers pontificated Really, brother You and I both know that my nature issavage than yours, Rose would joke People are beginning to ask questions and Eliza surely imagines a future that does not befit her Nothing as perilous, you know, as the demon of fantasy embedded in every female heartTechnically, there are quite a lot flaws there is hardly any sub text to decipher and enjoy, nor a lyrical, captivating narration And yet, it captivated me, because Eliza mirrored me I found myself when I stared into her eyes Eliza Sommers, I open your pages when I find myself blank And I d almost wept at the recognition when Rose told youI would happily give half my life to have the freedom a man has, Eliza But we are women, and that is our cross All we can do is try to get the best from the little we haveBut I don t intend to be a Rose, Eliza I d rather be you

  6. Erin Erin says:

    3.5 stars Confession time I was cleaning this weekend and came across this book A book that I thought I had finished reading, but I found a bookmark where I had obviously stopped.A proper re read for 2018 was warranted The best way to describe Isabel Allende is that she s both poet and painter Just like a poet, Allende wants her readers to be seduced by all five senses Like, a painter, Allende makes sure that her readers with their eyes open or shut are transported back to the time period 3.5 stars Confession time I was cleaning this weekend and came across this book A book that I thought I had finished reading, but I found a bookmark where I had obviously stopped.A proper re read for 2018 was warranted The best way to describe Isabel Allende is that she s both poet and painter Just like a poet, Allende wants her readers to be seduced by all five senses Like, a painter, Allende makes sure that her readers with their eyes open or shut are transported back to the time period she s writing about In this case, Chile and California in the span of years between 1843 1853 That might seem like a short period of time, but remember, there s lots of detail Perhaps the biggest gem of Allende s work is that she writes strong women and she puts her women in precarious situations and sees what they will do about them Both Miss Rose and Eliza are women who both try to overcome the obstacles of their birth The only drawback of the story was that it just ended without feeling like the end

  7. Helga Helga says:

    I read this book a long time ago and remember I enjoyed it a lot It was very well written, as is the case with all Allende s books I liked the gripping story line and the characters which seemed real and vivid Maybe I would read it again in the near future.

  8. Sammy Sammy says:

    I remember beginning to read Daughter of Fortune several years ago but for some reason put it aside and never finished it How I was able to do that so easily, I will never know because the second time around this book ended up being difficult to put down.Isabel Allende has created a very engaging and well rounded character in Eliza Sommers I found the most endearing thing about Eliza was her stubborness and her imperfections Often that is what will draw me to a character because it makes them I remember beginning to read Daughter of Fortune several years ago but for some reason put it aside and never finished it How I was able to do that so easily, I will never know because the second time around this book ended up being difficult to put down.Isabel Allende has created a very engaging and well rounded character in Eliza Sommers I found the most endearing thing about Eliza was her stubborness and her imperfections Often that is what will draw me to a character because it makes them real, and I found Eliza couldn t bereal if she had even stepped off the page.Every character that Eliza encountered helped to enrich her life and each one addedto the story that kept you reading, but obviously the one you bonded to the most was the one who held a story of his own Tao Chi en The bond those two created could drive you crazy and was really kept me reading until the very end.Without giving anything away I ll finish off by saying this book is written like Eliza has developed raw and real Allende is not afraid to stray from the Hollywood style of story telling, with everything working out as it should or the way the reader wants it to end There are bumps and blips throughout the story that will drive you true heart romantics out of your mind, but those of us who crave a certain reality in our stories will love it.In the end this story will make you feel good, even better than your typical feel good book because you feel like you can tell yourself, this is real maybe it really did happen

  9. Colleen Colleen says:

    What an imaginative tale filled with adventure and those common themes that make up an irresistible storyline I found lovable characters and a plot that made me wantWith a bit of historical fiction thrown in for good measure Great writing words.The only good thing about marriage is becoming a widow.It isn t a husband who makes a woman look good, but many suitors.All husbands are boring, John No woman with an ounce of sense gets married to be entertained, she marries to be maintained.Kn What an imaginative tale filled with adventure and those common themes that make up an irresistible storyline I found lovable characters and a plot that made me wantWith a bit of historical fiction thrown in for good measure Great writing words.The only good thing about marriage is becoming a widow.It isn t a husband who makes a woman look good, but many suitors.All husbands are boring, John No woman with an ounce of sense gets married to be entertained, she marries to be maintained.Knowledge is of little use without wisdom, and there is no wisdom without spirituality

  10. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    My second Allende and it if this is bowling, this is her second strike.The first one was last year Paula , Allende s memoir of her daughter who died while in coma I liked it so much that I told myself that I will try to read all her books Her crystal clear prose, told in a simple straightforward fashion, is like a breath of fresh air and her stories about Chile that go back to the times even as far back as her great great grandparents years are so interesting that I envy her for knowing tho My second Allende and it if this is bowling, this is her second strike.The first one was last year Paula , Allende s memoir of her daughter who died while in coma I liked it so much that I told myself that I will try to read all her books Her crystal clear prose, told in a simple straightforward fashion, is like a breath of fresh air and her stories about Chile that go back to the times even as far back as her great great grandparents years are so interesting that I envy her for knowing those I only know some stories about my grandparents Also, since the Philippines has retained some of its Spanish influences, I could relate to those superstitions, magical visions and ancient Catholic beliefs The story starts with Eliza Sommers as an infant left at the doorstep of a house where Jeremy and Rose Sommers, British siblings, reside They take care of her At 16, Eliza falls in love with a young Chilean man, Joaquin Andieta Eliza gets pregnant and miscarriages At about that time, Gold Rush in California 1848 1855 starts Joaquin being so poor to take care of his ailing mother, goes to California to join the many Chileans who want to get their share of gold from that state Eliza, left alone missing Joaquin, follows without saying goodbye to her despised because of the scandal of her affair with Joaquin foster parents What follows next is a story of her search for her love, lost in the people s frantic search for gold in California.It is as if Eliza herself is searching for her gold It is as if her love is so pure and innocent that it can be compared to the sparks and allure of gold being panned by forty niners from California rivers Doubt not This Oprah Book Club Selection of February 2000 is in itself, a gem Allende says that Eliza s life mirrorsher struggle to define the role of feminism in her lifeThis is because the girl infant left at the doorstep of the English siblings grew up to become a strong willed, independent Chilean fighting for her existence under the American sky keeping that hope to find her happiness despite all odds being against her Allende born 1942 , a Chilean born, writes in Spanish but now lives in San Francisco She is said to be the the world s most widely read Spanish author Allende s novels have been translated into over 30 languages and soldthan 56 million copies Source Wiki.Her being compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez is not by accident She rightfully deserves it.With her House of Spirits , Eva Luna and Of Love and Shadows staring at me while sitting prettily in my bookshelf, I know there will beAllende s strikes soon

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