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Ines of My Soul: A Novel par Isabel Allende
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Ines of My Soul: A Novel (édition 2007)

par Isabel Allende

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Born into a poor family Spanish family in the sixteenth century, Ins leaves Spain for the New World to find her missing husband. There she discovers that he's been killed and soon begins a love affair with Pedro de Valdivia, a war hero and field marshall to Francisco Pizarro. Together Ins and Pedro build the new city of Santiago and wage a bloody, ruthless war against the native Chileans.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Ines of My Soul: A Novel
Auteurs:Isabel Allende
Info:Harper Perennial (2007), Paperback, 352 pages
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Inés of My Soul par Isabel Allende

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I should have liked this more as I love most of Allende's works and I have been to Peru; however, this read, at times, more like a history of Chile than a work of fiction. Perhaps it was the first person narrator that bothered me. The story is told by Inez Suarez. Born to a poor family in Spain, she marries the "love of her life" at an early age. The "love" however, eventually fades and the husband goes to the new world to find gold. Through a set of circumstances, she is able to use the excuse of searching for him and she too leaves her poor status in Spain and goes to Peru. The journey is treacherous and times are extremely hard.

She eventually meets Pedro de Valdivia who is considered the founder of Chile. Although they cannot marry as he is married as she is, the live as husband and wife in Peru. De Valdivia is a soldier under one of the Pizarro brothers and leads an expedition to Chile taking Ines with him. The conditions are almost unbelievable and the South American Indians are treated horribly and also horribly torture.

There are lots of battle scenes and scenes of torture. The complications of life with De Valdivia are interesting as is her relationship with her second husband.

I liked the scenes in Peru having been to Cuzco and some of the South American Indian culture; however, sometimes the "history" is too much. ( )
  maryreinert | Dec 7, 2020 |
Historical Fiction at its best

There are real life stories that are not celebrated enough. Such seems to be the case of the story of Inés de Suarez. In today’s society we are often looking at creating the next female hero; at times we get stories that seem more written as if the heroine was a man because authors often mistake femininity with frailty and physical prowess with strength. That’s how we get these terrible stories of 120lb femme fatales who obliterate a much bigger man in a fist fight... it doesn’t resonate with the audience.

That is not the case of Isabelle Allende’s protagonist, Inés. Here we see the perfect example of a kickass heroine, a tale that is not only believable, it is historical fact, and a female character that is not strong in spite of her gender, but whose strength comes in part due to her feminine charm.

Based on the story of the founding mother of Santiago, capital of Chile, and filled with the terrors of the Spanish conquest of the Americas and the wars it caused, the book juxtaposes injustice, violence and immortality with tenderness, love, passion and hope of a better future.

There are definitely fictional elements mixed with the truth, but being written as a letter to her daughter including her memoirs the mystical is successfully used to heighten the enjoyment of the fact without taking away from it.

I can say I have a new South American heroine in Inés de Suarez, and Isabel Allende continues being an author I enjoy reading.

10/10 ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
this was really hard for me but got easier toward the last third or so. most of the first almost 200 pages, though, were just ... boring. there would be little parts throughout that held my interest, and always there were parts that were written really well, but to get through chunks of this, i had to skim. (and i would normally never give a book more than a star or even a half star when i skim, but this really did improve, and did have some good parts.)

it's also a tough topic - the "founding" of a nation, which is just basically the heinous overtaking of a native people by colonizers. she tells the story from the side of the conquerors, and she writes, from their perspective, as if they have every right to take the land, enslave or brutally torture and murder the population, and transform peru or chile into enclaves of spain. (the only nice thing here is to be reminded that it's not just my america that did these awful things around the world. all western civilization is stained with these terrible stories.)

while i didn't really want to read incident after incident of indigenous people having their limbs (or noses) hacked off, i think it would have been easier to read if the characterization throughout the book was better, and more comprehensive. we just don't learn all that much about the characters other than ines, and that makes it hard to care, especially when they're awful colonizers.

but the feminist perspective in the book is welcome. to have the story be told from the point of view of the only woman to be on the campaign to conquer chile is interesting. she was real, and i'm not surprised that i'd never heard of her (i mean, i hadn't heard of the men in the story, either). it seems like there isn't a lot of actual record about her, so allende uses a lot of imagination to put us there. it's not, to be, at its base an interesting story, but i'm glad to have it from ines' perspective, and to know of this pretty remarkable and unique woman in history. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | May 26, 2020 |
Read 2017. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 7, 2020 |
La història de la conquesta d'Amèrica pels espanyols/ m'ha agradat molt com està escrit. ( )
  Martapagessala | Mar 25, 2020 |
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Allende peppers Inés’ bio with characteristically fragrant details emotional fire-storms, lush foliage, aphrodisiac potions, and many “blazing whirlwinds” of lovemaking that turn a truly extraordinary life story into a forgettable, easy-reading romp.
 
“Inés is wholly a woman of her day, and Allende does not turn away from the historical record, which has her decapitating indigenous prisoners and hurling their heads over a fortress wall to terrorize their peers as well as saving lives as a gentle-handed healer.”

“Despite its graphic violence, “Ines,” like all of Allende’s novels, drips with color and sensuality. The author spent four years researching the era, incorporating knowledge not just about the history of Chile during the subjugation of its native people by the courageous and cruel Spanish, but such vital details as the kinds of food emigrants ate on the long ocean voyage and their manner of dress.The research pays off in finely detailed scenes.”



 

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I am Inés Suárez, a townswoman of the loyal city of Santiago de Nueva Extremadura in the kingdom of Chile, writing in the year of Our Lord 1580
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Born into a poor family Spanish family in the sixteenth century, Ins leaves Spain for the New World to find her missing husband. There she discovers that he's been killed and soon begins a love affair with Pedro de Valdivia, a war hero and field marshall to Francisco Pizarro. Together Ins and Pedro build the new city of Santiago and wage a bloody, ruthless war against the native Chileans.

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