Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
A Novel (P.S.)

67%

6 Critic Reviews

Allende has clearly enjoyed providing rich elaborations that don't particularly advance the story . . . Each of her characters finds ’something different . . . the same may not be said of readers who enjoy Allende’s fiction.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, vivacious young Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Entering a rough-and-tumble world of new arrivals driven mad by gold fever, Eliza moves in a society of single men and prostitutes 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 to the young Chilean, and her search for her elusive lover gradually turns into another kind of journey. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.

 

About Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was overthrown in the coup of 1973, she fled Chile, moving to Caracas, Venezuela. While living in Venezuela, Allende began writing her novels, many of them exploring the close family bonds between women. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits, has been translated into 27 languages, and was later made into a film. She then wrote Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and The Stories of Eva Luna, all set in Latin America. The Infinite Plan was her first novel to take place in the United States. In Paula, Allende wrote her memoirs in connection with her daughter's illness and death. She delved into the erotic connections between food and love in Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. In addition to writing books, Allende has worked as a TV interviewer, magazine writer, school administrator, and a secretary at a U.N. office in Chile. She received the 1996 Harold Washington Literacy Award. She lives in California. Her title Maya's Notebook made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. Margaret Sayers Peden is an American translator and Professor, she is a Missouri native who was born in 1920. One of the leading translators of her time, Peden has translated more than 40 books and has won numerous prizes and grants. In 2007, she collected a variety of Mexican literature to combine and edit the book Mexican Writers on Writing.
 
Published April 15, 2014 by Harper. 408 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2008

Allende has clearly enjoyed providing rich elaborations that don't particularly advance the story . . . Each of her characters finds ’something different . . . the same may not be said of readers who enjoy Allende’s fiction.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 01 2008

In a book of this scope, the narrative is inevitably top-heavy in spots, and the plot wears thin toward the end, but this is storytelling at its most seductive, a brash historical adventure.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Heather Grimshaw on Jan 11 2011

Fantasy and fiction once again unite as Allende crosses cultural and political boundaries to bring readers DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Jan 01 2008

Ms. Allende once more gifts readers with a story of great power, fascinating historical perspective and a feminist view.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Megan Harlan on Jan 01 2008

Because Allende details her plot and settings more richly than her characters' inner lives, this derring-do saga feels somewhat spiritless.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Speedy on Jan 01 2008

The great characters and plot are also accompanied by the superb way the setting is described.

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