Ines of My Soul.
Ines of My Soul
By Isabel Allende For the Chilean politician and daughter of Salvador Allende, see .
Isabel Allende Llona, (born 2 August 1942), is a Chilean novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America.
Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden Margaret Sayers Peden is an American translator and Professor, being a Missouri native and born in about 1920. Career and Achievements
She returned to college to obtain her graduate degrees in later life.
Personalizing the Spanish conquest.
At age 70, Dona Ines Suarez (1507-1580), a real historical figure, decides to write her memoirs about her role in the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Born into a modest household in Spain, she travels to the New World as a young wife in search of her husband Juan, who had set his eyes on South America in the hopes of striking it rich. When Juan dies in battle, Ines stays in Peru and falls in love with Don Pedro de Valdivia, one of Francisco Pizarro's former officers. The two dream of founding a Christian society in Chile, but as the ideals of power and glory prevail, they must first wage a brutal war against the native Chileans.
HarperCollins. 336 pages. $25.95. ISBN ISBN
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"Allende renders a thorough and unflinching account of the conquest of Chile, painstakingly describing period details, from the clothing and food to the brutal military tactics.... [Her] reserved writing style ... prevents a great deal of emotional attachment." ASHLEY SIMPSON SHIRES
"Allende, who has stumbled in recent books, has written her surest work since The House of the Spirits. The story suits her, giving her events to recount that, while real, have so many surreal elements she doesn't have to ladle on any ersatz er·satz
Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial: ersatz coffee made mostly of chicory. See Synonyms at artificial. magic realism." CELIA CELIA Competitive Enzyme-Linked Immunoassay MCGEE
"Ultimately it is Allende's imagination that delivers the enchantment.... The only shortcoming short·com·ing
A deficiency; a flaw.
a fault or weakness
Noun 1. is that except for some references early on to the cleanliness of the indigenous population vs. the Spaniards, there is not much from the other side of the conquista story beyond the Spaniards' view of them as savages." FABIOLA SANTIAGO
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
"Ines' audience is clearly defined from the first few pages of the novel, Allende casts the net for her own readership in two disparate directions, trying to capture both fans of historical fiction and those of the romance novel. In trying to please each group, she risks alienating the other." CATHERINE MALLETTE
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"When she is not explaining her own actions, though, Ines has the unfortunate tendency to outline history.... As a result, the book has a choppy feel, a syncopation syncopation (sĭng'kəpā`shən, sĭn'–) [New Gr.,=cut off ], in music, the accentuation of a beat that normally would be weak according to the rhythmic division of the measure. that feels born out of the author's rather than the narrator's attempts to retrieve history." JOHN FREEMAN
"Unfortunately, though, the demands of fidelity to basic historical truth have fettered fet·ter
1. A chain or shackle for the ankles or feet.
2. Something that serves to restrict; a restraint.
tr.v. fet·tered, fet·ter·ing, fet·ters
1. To put fetters on; shackle. Allende's imagination more than they have liberated it.... [Her] ambition in taking on the novel's big subjects is admirable, but Ines of My Soul--the title comes from Valdivia's affectionate term for his lover--does not fulfill it." JONATHAN YARDLEY
If Ines of My Soul isn't among Isabel Allende's best novels, it still tells a remarkable, ambitious, and heretofore untold story about one of the first female conquistadors See also