Ines of My Soul

Ines of My Soul (Hardcover)

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Description


Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés, a seamstress, finds herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or hope for the future. It is the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when her shiftless husband disappears to the New World, Inés uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure. After her treacherous journey takes her to Peru, she learns that her husband has died in battle. Soon she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro.

Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have failed: to become the conquerer of Chile. The natives of Chile are fearsome warriors, and the land is rumored to be barren of gold, but this suits Valdivia, who seeks only honor and glory. Together the lovers Inés Suárez and Pedro de Valdivia will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage a bloody, ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans—the fierce local Indians led by the chief Michimalonko, and the even fiercer Mapuche from the south. The horrific struggle will change them forever, pulling each of them toward their separate destinies.

Inés of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope: meticulously researched, it engagingly dramatizes the known events of Inés Suárez's life, crafting them into a novel full of the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.

About the Author


Isabel Allende is the author of nine novels, translated into more than twenty-seven languages, including the New York Times bestsellers InÉs of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Praise for Ines of My Soul…


“Allende…has written her surest work since THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS.”
-USA Today

“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers, as she demonstrates in her latest novel.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Allende’s imagination delivers the enchantment…this is one work Allende fans should not miss.”
-Miami Herald

“Vivid…Allende’s reach is broad…Allende succeeds in resurrecting a woman from history and endowing her with the gravitas of a hero.”
-New York Times Book Review

“A powerfully evocative narrative...Allende is at her best here.”
-Newsweek

“Thoroughly researched…a colorful, entertaining tale of the hardscrabble adventures and desperate deeds of some of our hemisphere’s first Europeans”
-Elle

“Solid and well-constructed...Ines is rescued by Allende from history’s dust bin.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Allende’s keen intelligence and lively prose keep readers wishing for more.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune

“Might be Allende’s best novel, better even than THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS.”
-Boston Globe

“Vivid and convincing….”
-Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“Well-grounded...As always, Allende focuses on the story.”
-Atlantic Monthly

“Compelling...a complex and truly rich tale”
-Baltimore Sun

“earthy and ironic.”
-New York Times

“Thrilling epic...the memoir she ascribes to Ines promotes a more democratic view of how the New World was settled.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

“Riveting...A colorful and clear-eyed portrait...Suarez’s story is so fabulous and life-affirming…that it simply captivates”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“Allende has given [Ines] an instantly appealing voice...even the most unpliable reader will be hooked.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A thourough and unflinching account…Allende...keeps the pages turning. It’s a joy to see Ines triumph.”
-Rocky Mountain News

“Ines of My Soul is a powerful novel...[Ines] is, in Allende’s skilled hands, a wholly human character.”
-Charlotte Observer

“An elegant work of historical fiction.”
-Wichita Eagle

“engrossing…Fans of Allende’s earlier novels will…find enjoyment in INES OF MY SOUL.”
-Christian Science Monitor

“Brilliant…A beautifully crafted work by one of the finest writers of our time.”
-Providence Journal

“Ines of My Soul is an absorbing and illuminating book.”
-The Globe and Mail

“Meticulously researched.”
-Library Journal

“Allende crafts a swift, thrilling epic, packed with fierce battles and passionate romance.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Fiction about the conquistador experience…can’t possibly get better”
-Booklist (starred review)

“Allende always delivers. This time it’s with an enchanting historical fiction about Chile.”
-American Way

“A master storyteller.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Allende is a genius.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Possesses the eyes, ears, mind, heart and pluck to manufacture generous and feisty fiction.”
-Miami Herald

“Surely one of the most graceful and yet haunting writers alive.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Product Details ISBN-10: 0061161535
ISBN-13: 9780061161537
Published: Harper, 11/07/2006
Pages: 336
Language: English