Paula

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Editorial Sudamericana, 1994 - Authors, Chilean - 352 pages
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Paula es una descarnada memoria que se lee sin respirar como una novela de suspenso. A partir de una experiencia tragica, Isabel Allende escribe estas paginas conmovedoras. En diciembre de 1991, su hija Paula cayo enferma de gravedad y poco despues entro en estado de coma, En el hospital la autora comienza a contar la leyenda de su familia para la hija inerte: "Donde andas, Paula? Como seras cuando despiertes? Tendras memoria o tendre que contarte pacientemente veintiocho anos de tu vida y los cuarenta y nueve de la mia?" Aparecen entonces ante nuestros ojos los extravagantes antepasados, los recuerdos deliciosos y amargos de la infancia, las anecdotas inverosimiles de la juventud, los secretos mas intimos transmitidos en susurros. Y tambien el pais natal, Chile, y su turbulenta historia: el golpe militar del 1973, la dictadura y los anos de exilio para la familia. Entre sus multiples personajes se destaca el primo de su padre, un joven diputado "que predicaba contra la propiedad privada y la moral conservadora": Salvador Allende. Como un exorcismo contra la muerte, Isabel Allende en estas paginas explora el pasado e interroga a los dioses. El resultado es un libro magico que lleva al lector del llanto a la risa, del terror a la sensibilidad y a la sabiduria. Paula es una prodigiosa evocacion y un canto a la vida escrito desde el alma por esta mujer valiente y admirable, la creadora de La casa de los espiritus.

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What a courageous love story! - Goodreads
This writer made me smile through my tears. - Goodreads
Isabel Allende's writing style is just lovely. - Goodreads
The imagery just jumps off the pages. - Goodreads
A very good story from an excellent writer... - Goodreads
Her writing is gorgeous and deeply intimate. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Eduardo Norbertinho - Goodreads

A very good story from an excellent writer... If you´re not sure whether or not to read other book from her, this one has some references on how she decided to write those other books. Read full review

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User Review  - Deborah Britton - Goodreads

interesting autobiographical book told to Isabel's daughter who is in a coma. Prob. my favorite allende book Read full review

Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
32
Section 3
58
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

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.

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