Search Results: "Isabel Allende"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Appropriate for all elementary school collections, but especially in areas with Latino populations. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Meted colors and sharp black outlines characterize Molinari's full-page illustrations for this brief biography of the noted Chilean author. Read full book review >

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ALLENDE by Fernando Alegría
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Not so."
A revised version (and first US appearance) of a work originally published in Spanish in 1989. Read full book review >

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THE STORIES OF EVA LUNA by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 1991

"Allende can do better."
A collection of magical-realist short stories narrated by Allende's recent heroine, Eva Luna (Eva Luna, 1988; Of Love and Shadows, 1987; The House of Spirits, 1985), which are set in nameless Latin American countries, any time in the past, and peopled with characters who could be and probably are meant to be someone else. Read full book review >

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EVA LUNA by Isabel Allende
Released: Oct. 21, 1988

"Lively entertainment, then, with little resonance."
Here, after last year's Of Love and Shadows, the tale of a quirky young woman's rise to influence in an unnamed South American country—with a delightful cast of exotic characters, but without the sure-handed plotting and leisurely grace of Allende's first—and best—book, The House of the Spirits (1985). Read full book review >

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ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2010

"A rich gumbo of melodrama, romance and violence."
Given recent events, the timing couldn't be better for this historical fiction from Allende (The Sum of Our Days, 2008, etc.), which follows a slave/concubine from Haiti during the slave uprisings to New Orleans in time for the Louisiana Purchase. Read full book review >

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RIPPER by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Credit Allende for attempting to expand her range, but crime fiction is plainly not her forte."
A seasoned hand at the intimate Latin American literary novel and young-adult fantasy takes an ungainly stab at a page-turner about a serial killer. Read full book review >

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MAYA'S NOTEBOOK by Isabel Allende
Released: April 23, 2013

"Allende is a master at plucking heartstrings, and Maya's family drama is hard to resist, but the sentimentality and a lack of subtlety concerning politics, Chilean and American, can grate."
A 19-year-old Californian escapes her troubled past when her grandmother sends her to an isolated Chilean community in the latest confection of spiritual uplift, political instruction and lyrical melodrama from Allende (Island Beneath the Sea, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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FOREST OF THE PYGMIES by Isabel Allende
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A rich but ultimately disappointing travelogue. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Allende takes her readers into the wilds of Africa in the final installment of her fantasy adventure trilogy that follows City of the Beasts (2002) and Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2004). Read full book review >

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OF LOVE AND SHADOWS by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Completely unbelievable, lacking any artfulness."
With none of the thick variety of The House of the Spirits (1985), only sharing that better book's political zeal, Allende returns with a damp-Kleenex papier-mâché construction that pits a conventionally unlikely love duo against the fierce bloodthirstiness of an unnamed Latin American Society (Argentina, Chile, take your pick). Read full book review >

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ISABEL by E. L. Schoeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2013

"Though breathlessly chaste and sprinkled with clichés, this novel will satisfy the romantic who longs for a world of chivalry and sorcery."
A medieval romance with a supernatural slant. Read full book review >

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ISABEL by Harriet La Barre
Released: Feb. 27, 2012

"A fulfilling mystery with impressive plot intricacies."
In La Barre's (Stranger in Vienna, 1995) latest novel, a young girl becomes entwined in secrets that resurface upon a young woman's return to a small town. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 1985

"So, even if this saga isn't really much deeper than the Belva Plain variety, it's uncommonly satisfying—with sturdy, old-fashioned storytelling and a fine array of exotic, historical shadings."
A strong, absorbing Chilean family chronicle, plushly upholstered—with mystical undercurrents (psychic phenomena) and a measure of leftward political commitment. Read full book review >