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[ Books ] Eva Luna by Isabel Allende - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
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[ Books ] Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Reading Eva Luna for bibliogoth's January meeting.

I thought I'd read that book, but must have been mistaking it for a different Isabel Allende one. I would remember, in any case, that portrait of Caracas in the early 1930's at the time of the 'Benefactor's' death and the late arrival of the 20th Century and the flood of oil money in Venezuela, all of which I didn't live but still was in living memory of many people when I was a kid. And the fact that my mother was a red head called Consuelo (as is one of the main characters in the book...).

Isabel Allende is not perhaps the finest of Latin American writers but she can tell a very good story now and again. I'm enjoying the book thus far. I'm reading it in Spanish, of course, wondering whether I should get the English translation and have a peek at what, if anything, gets lost along the way, etc.

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scifi_mel From: scifi_mel Date: January 6th, 2014 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That sounds really interesting. I've not read any books set in Venezuela. Would you recommend that one or a different one to start with?
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: January 6th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Hello, happy new year:)

The book is not expressly set in Vz, but if you know the history of the place it immediately strikes you that's where it is set. Allende lived for some years in Vz where she used to write a very funny column for the Sunday edition of (what was then) the local equivalent of The Guardian. She used to refer in it to her husband as 'the Beast'. They divorced....

There are hardly any books set in Venezuela apart from those by Venezuelan writers, which are probably much more difficult to get as they're not widely known outside. I have said before, I don't think Allende is one of the very great writers but when she finds a good story to tell she can be very good. She does seem to pinch a bit of the style of Garcia Marquez, et al in this one, but it is very entertaining. I don't know how much might get lost in translation and also in all the little historical jokes she plays on the history of Venezuela, for instance. I'm having a lot of fun reading it, but also, I'm only something like a third into the book.
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