Paula

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Harper Collins, Mar 15, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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One of the most popular and acclaimed Latin American authors of our century presents this unforgettable memoir, an exquisitely rendered, deeply moving mother-daughter story that doubles as her autobiography.

"Paula" is a soul-baring memoir one reads without drawing a breath, like a novel of suspense. The point of departure for these moving pages is a tragic personal experience. In December 1991, Isabel Allende's daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and shortly thereafter fell into a coma. During hours in the hospital, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious daughter. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our eyes, and we hear both delightful and bitter childhood memories, amazing anecdotes of youthful years, the most intimate secrets passed along in whispers. Chile, Allende's native land, comes alive as well, with the turbulent history of the military coup of 1973, the following dictatorship and her family's years of exile.

As an exorcism of death, in these pages Isabel Allende explores the past and questions the gods. The result is a magical book that carries the reader from tears to laughter, from terror to sensuality and wisdom. "Paula" is a prodigious evocation and a hymn to life, written from the heart of the courageous and estimable woman who created "The House of the Spirits."

 

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When Isabel Allende’s daughter became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author spent days at Paula’s bedside. At her own mother’s urging, Allende began to write the story of her family for Paula ... Read full review

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User Review  - AntT - LibraryThing

I like Allende's writing, but this very personal book was not my cup of tea. (I love a good cliché as much as the next person!) Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Cesar Vallejo (1892a1938) published his first book of poems, "Los Heraldos Negros," in 1919. He spent most of his life in Europe and died in dire poverty in Paris.
Margaret Sayers Peden is a recipient of the Gregory Kolovakos Award for Translation from the PEN Foundation and a translator of more than thirty books by authors including Isabel Allende, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz.
Ilan Stavans is a professor at Amherst College and the author of several books, including "On Borrowed Words,

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