Inés of My Soul

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10 thoughts on “Inés of My Soul

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    In s del alma m a Ines of my soul, Isabel AllendeIn s of My Soul Spanish In s del alma m a, 2006 is a historical novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende The novel consists of an elderly In s Su rez writing a memoir of her life She narrates about her relationship with Pedro de Valdivia and the obstacles they had to overcome to conquer Chile and found the City of Santiago The novel relates the main facts of the life of In s, as written to be read by her adoptive daughter Isabel In the firs In s del alma m a Ines of my soul, Isabel AllendeIn s of My Soul Spanish In s del alma m a, 2006 is a historical novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende The novel consists of an elderly In s Su rez writing a memoir of her life She narrates about her relationship with Pedro de Valdivia and the obstacles they had to overcome to conquer Chile and found the City of Santiago The novel relates the main facts of the life of In s, as written to be read by her adoptive daughter Isabel In the first chapter, Europe, 1500 1537 , she describes her life in Plasencia, mainly her married life and affair with Juan of M laga, in addition to her hard trip to America, motivated not only to find her husband, but also to find freedom And 2008 1386 425 9789648838671 1389 21 1386 392 9789648944310 1386 437 96435138741580


  2. Candi Candi says:

    In the Americas every man was his own master he never had to bow to anyone, he could begin anew, be a different person, live a different life There no one bore his dishonor for years, and even the humblest could rise in the world Many years ago, I read several of Isabel Allende s books and fell in love with them Novels like The House of Spirits, Daughter of Fortune and Of Love and Shadows put Allende on my list of favorite authors at the time Whenever I saw any of her books at a library boIn the Americas every man was his own master he never had to bow to anyone, he could begin anew, be a different person, live a different life There no one bore his dishonor for years, and even the humblest could rise in the world Many years ago, I read several of Isabel Allende s books and fell in love with them Novels like The House of Spirits, Daughter of Fortune and Of Love and Shadows put Allende on my list of favorite authors at the time Whenever I saw any of her books at a library book sale, I would eagerly snatch them up Then a couple of years ago I read one of herrecent pieces, The Japanese Lover, and was somewhat lukewarm about it As a result, those books I had been so keen to buy just sat on my bookshelf for some time Until now The result Well, let s just say I found it interesting, but I feel less than enthused to tell you all about it Bottom line, this means that there was an emotional connection lacking here for meWith Pedro de Valdivia I lived a life of legend, and with him I conquered a kingdom Written in the first person, In s of my Soul recounts the settling of the country of Chile by the Spanish conquistadors during the sixteenth century In s Suarez was instrumental in the founding of the city of Santiago and Chile alongside Pedro de Valdivia In fact, I imagine she was quite a remarkable woman and ages ahead of her time She exhibited great courage and was incredibly resourceful I daresay she could have been a leader herself, and often demonstrated those skills when Valdivia was away on various missions and battles She provided guidance to her lover, and he took her advice quite seriously much of the timeA man does what he can a woman does what a man cannotIn s is now a woman in her seventies and she has set out to write a memoir of her life Occasionally, her story is interrupted by brief remarks directed to Isabel, her adopted daughter This became a tad irritating and disrupted the flow of the narrative Perhaps it was just meFaults committed in the name of Spain and the church were not sins How often have we heard similar excuses when one group of individuals attempts to conquer another In this case, it was the native Chileans, the Mapuche, that the Spanish aimed to subdue Naturally, there followed much bloodshed on both sides with some very violent and grisly battle scenes depicted throughout Punishments were harsh and sometimes quite vicious beheadings were not uncommon The Yanaconas, those Native Americans who had served the Inca Empire, were now enslaved to the Spaniards Without their assistance, I have to wonder if Spain would have succeeded in claiming these lands for themselves The Yanacona were a tireless and able bodied people that also suffered from grave injusticesWe want to found cities and prosper, live with decency and comfort, while they aspire only to be free Overall, I would have to admit that this book was quite fascinating from a historical standpoint I ve never read about the conquest of Chile prior to reading this, so I now feeleducated in that sense I have no doubt that Allende did thorough research in writing this novel, as she herself was born in Peru, raised in Chile, and had ties to political leaders In her author s note, she indicated that she spent four years conducting her research I typically adore a book with an intelligent and strong heroine, and In s Suarez certainly fit that to a T But there was something in the writing that was a bit lacking for me Perhaps it was missing the beautiful lines I so crave And, as I stated before, I was not particularly connected to In s, despite my admiration of her tenacity and adventurous spirit Still, this is a worthwhile read, and you can certainly judge for yourself if it would suit you or not I ll still give it a go with those other unread Allende s on my shelfIn a hot, swampy, voracious world infested with reptiles and poisonous insects, things decay very quickly, especially the soul The jungle transforms men into rogues and murderers


  3. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    This is an epic historical novel about the founding of Chile in the Sixteenth Century We follow events through the eyes of Ines who, in her old age, is writing a memoir for her daughter Ines, based on the historical figure of Ines de Suarez, lived a full life into her seventies, surviving two husbands and a long term lover One husband and the lover were pioneers and governors of the struggling settlement of Santiago at the core of Chile, settled from Peru to the north Ines suffered hardship This is an epic historical novel about the founding of Chile in the Sixteenth Century We follow events through the eyes of Ines who, in her old age, is writing a memoir for her daughter Ines, based on the historical figure of Ines de Suarez, lived a full life into her seventies, surviving two husbands and a long term lover One husband and the lover were pioneers and governors of the struggling settlement of Santiago at the core of Chile, settled from Peru to the north Ines suffered hardships in leaving Spain for the New World, arriving in Peru, and in traveling across the deserts and mountains from Peru to Chile Much of the book focuses on the displacement of the native American Indian population, the ferocious battles between the Spanish and the Indians, and the cruelties inflicted by one group upon the other, some of which is hard to stomach As Governess of the settlement, Ines was centuries ahead of her time, establishing schools, hospitals and even soup kitchens for the poor And it s a love story because Ines genuinely loved all three of these men Translated from the Spanish, it s a fast paced book and fairly sexually explicit, as are most of Allende s novels Rewritten 6 22 2016


  4. Shriya Shriya says:

    A veryIn skind of review I have been a reader for the last eleven years and am now the loyal fan of Isabel Allende , writing this review ofIn s of My Soulin the year of Our Lord 2012.I am not sure whether this review will convince anyone to read this book but I am sure this is one of the best historical novels ever written and Isabel Allende is, undoubtedly, the only writer who hovers between a historian, a storyteller and a feminist.As a result this book isn t limited to a singl A veryIn skind of review I have been a reader for the last eleven years and am now the loyal fan of Isabel Allende , writing this review ofIn s of My Soulin the year of Our Lord 2012.I am not sure whether this review will convince anyone to read this book but I am sure this is one of the best historical novels ever written and Isabel Allende is, undoubtedly, the only writer who hovers between a historian, a storyteller and a feminist.As a result this book isn t limited to a single genre It is a historically accurate account of a powerful sixteenth century conquistadora, a feminist novel and a work of fiction In other words, a perfect amalgamation of fact, fiction and feminism When you read it, you re a part of it The imagery is so strong, you can almost feel things happening You can see the destruction, feel the heat, smell the blood and gag at the dust And the language is so convincing, you can never separate fact from fiction You even tend to forget who is writing the story Allende or In s herself The book is so intense, so passionate and so strong that the effect it creates is incredible In fact, I am not even sure whetherIn s of My Soul is a book because it has an identity of its own It is almost like a living, breathing woman How exactly Isabel Allende managed to create such a powerful, beautiful book is impossible to say For me, it is indubitably the best book I ve read this year It encapsulates three of my most favourite topics in the world History, Literature and Feminism and it is so well written, I hate to let it go


  5. Barbara Barbara says:

    Colonization is such an innocuous sounding word, but the reality is just the opposite It is the audacity of a powerful country to invade another land and annihilate the indigenous population Often with the pretense of living together harmoniously, the native population is killed in battle, enslaved, or dies from diseases for which they have no immunity Is there another way The colonization of Chile was no different In the name of Christianity, the Spaniards conquered this land of great bea Colonization is such an innocuous sounding word, but the reality is just the opposite It is the audacity of a powerful country to invade another land and annihilate the indigenous population Often with the pretense of living together harmoniously, the native population is killed in battle, enslaved, or dies from diseases for which they have no immunity Is there another way The colonization of Chile was no different In the name of Christianity, the Spaniards conquered this land of great beauty Allende tells this historically based, epic story through the words of Ines S Suarez, a courageous and ingenious woman of the 16th century Ines recalls her life to her daughter as she is nearing death her difficult early years in Spain, her search for her first husband in Peru and Chile, and her years of toil, battle, friendships and loves in the early days of Santiago.Allende s writing evokes such a strong sense of time and place It was often hard to remember that Ines voice was actually that of the author I felt Ines perils to my core It has been a long time since I have felt such empathy for a character, such an involvement in the story And yet the brutality, the vividly graphic battle scenes were sickening Should the horrors of war be gentrified for the comfort of the reader Can we judge the actions of those seeking new lands and those trying to defend their land Would that judgment be a form of Monday morning quarterback syndrome As difficult to read as some scenes were, I believe the truth can t be watered down I don t know if there is ahumane way for expansion, but I have thought intensely about it and will continue to ponder this.I finished this intensely moving book at least a week ago I am still immersed in the narrative, and my description of its impact on me feels inadequate It did to me what great literature should do it grabbed me, challenged me and changed me I highly recommend this beautifully told story Isabelle Allende is a remarkable writer.A quote spoken by Ines I fear that these pages already containcruelty than a soul can tolerate In the New World, no one has scruples when the moment calls for violence Violence exists everywhere, and has throughout the ages Nothing changes we humans repeat the same sins over and over, eternally


  6. Agnes Agnes says:

    While this did not live up to some of Isabel Allende s other work in terms of either writing style or character development, the history was fascinating It is a fictionalized account of the founding of Chile, told through the eyes of the mother of the country, the leading conquistador s mistress The book is written to be her memoirs, so there are rather annoying interludes in which the narrator is in her present day, talking about how she must finish the story before she dies, blah blah bl While this did not live up to some of Isabel Allende s other work in terms of either writing style or character development, the history was fascinating It is a fictionalized account of the founding of Chile, told through the eyes of the mother of the country, the leading conquistador s mistress The book is written to be her memoirs, so there are rather annoying interludes in which the narrator is in her present day, talking about how she must finish the story before she dies, blah blah blah, and her comments about the other characters personalities are also rather banal However, the story is fascinating, and Allende did a great deal of background research that makes the setting realistic, even if she does not go into the moral complexities of the conquests themselves In this way, she stays true to her narrator s voice, even if that is somewhat simplistic for modern readers who may not see the conquest and butchering of native peoples as a god given right of the Spaniards


  7. Zainab Amadahy Zainab Amadahy says:

    I got about halfway through this book before I decided Ines of My Soul was an assault against my spirit The book is well written and, I would assume, well researched My first source of disillusionment came when the reader I listened to the audio book Blair Brown for some reason decided to read the entire book in a faux Spanish accent, mutilating most of the pronunciations Why Distracting and annoying to say the least.But that was a minor quibble compared to actual content Written from th I got about halfway through this book before I decided Ines of My Soul was an assault against my spirit The book is well written and, I would assume, well researched My first source of disillusionment came when the reader I listened to the audio book Blair Brown for some reason decided to read the entire book in a faux Spanish accent, mutilating most of the pronunciations Why Distracting and annoying to say the least.But that was a minor quibble compared to actual content Written from the POV of Ines Suarez, a conquistadora, I guess I should have expected the story to be filtered through a colonial mindset However, the novel got increasinglydifficult to listen to as Inez passed judgment on savages , excused the brutalities she witnessed and even committed a few of her own Throughout, Ines judges some murders, rapes and massacres as necessary or to be expected, while others were regretful Yes, Ines would have regarded her compatriots as heroic but they were really nothingthan barbarians raping, pillaging, murdering, enslaving and torturing their way through the continent Yes, this is plain in the book I just got tired of reading about how Ines strove to justify, rationalize and admire a great deal of it The scale of the slaughter is so beyond imagination I found it hard to care whether Ines ever found her missing hubby or took up with Valdivia or made it to Chile I had no sympathy or identification with Ines To me she was just a White woman who took the not so rare as you d think opportunity to pillage someone else s lands and enrich herself in the process I would rather have gotten to know the Indigenous peoples that were dying by the millions around her Ines supposed best friend is her indigenous servant girl, loyal, devoted and lacking agency a common trope among White historical fic authors who like to portray us folks of colour as content with even enjoying our roles as servants, whores and house slaves in their self involved sagas What rankles me most is that too many people today all over the americas believe that colonialism is a thing of the past But land and resource thefts continue across our lands Racism and white superiority are as entrenched today as they were in the years the conquistadors I m not interested in exploring their lives or humanizing them or searching for some semblance of nobility and honour in their actions I d rather know about the price we ve all paid for their greed


  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    This was a very well written book, and the voice of the narrator main character was very strong There were a few parts when it got a little slow, but would quickly pick back up and resume the epic, dramatic, and violent storyline I already have a few other books by Allende picked out to read someday, and look forward to them.


  9. Becky Becky says:

    3.5 StarsThis is my second book by Allende, and I can understand why people love her writing so much She is a beautiful storyteller and her writing is so evocative and lovely and honest without being flowery or overdone I love that quality in a writer it s one of my favorite things about Colleen McCullough as well, especially in Tim That book was my introduction to McCullough and it made a deep impression on me and instantly became one of my favorite books Crap Now I want to read it again 3.5 StarsThis is my second book by Allende, and I can understand why people love her writing so much She is a beautiful storyteller and her writing is so evocative and lovely and honest without being flowery or overdone I love that quality in a writer it s one of my favorite things about Colleen McCullough as well, especially in Tim That book was my introduction to McCullough and it made a deep impression on me and instantly became one of my favorite books Crap Now I want to read it again Anyway, I was talking about Allende The first book I read of hers was The House of the Spirits, and I really enjoyed it a lotthan I thought that I would You see, I don t really care for magical realism and generally steered clear of it whenever I could I m gradually coming to the conclusion that, like anything else, there s good and bad magical realism, and I d only read astoundingly bad examples of it or read good examples of it and didn t recognize them as MR But it took Allende and my friend Jackie recommending her books for me to see it Allende s books are beautifully written, and whatever mystical or magical or ethereal otherworldliness there might be is subtle and adds a little Did you see that nudge in the ribs, but doesn t overtake the story, doesn t throw the narrative into confusion like some magical realism books I ve read and hated with the fires of a thousand suns I m not going to name titles You know who you are _Beloved.So, this was another Jackie choice, and again I really enjoyed it, although I feel that this one lost something in the audio version I wish that I had read this rather than listening to it sigh Blair Brown did a passable Spanish accent, but quite often it was distracting It just seemed to lack a fluidity and smoothness that native speakers have Quite often, she d hesitate for just a moment before pronouncing a word It might actually only be a half second, but to me, it was a distraction This is the kind of story that you need and want to just climb into and live for a while and every one of those stutters pulled me out of it I may not pronounce the Spanish correctly in my head, but reading for myself would have been smoother, since I probably wouldn t know it was wrong The second reason that I wish I d have just read the book myself was that there were a whole lot of Spanish names in this one People names, place names, historical names and Chilean native tribe names, and honestly, it was really hard to keep track of who was who when I had no visual link to the sound of the words being spoken It didn t help much that, being told as a memoir type story, the narrative was less than linear Wikipedia helped a lot here, and Google for being a good guesser at what I was misspelling For instance, I d type Atawapa and it would return Did you mean Atahualpa Yes Yes I did THANK YOU GOOGLE And before any of you break out the ladder to get on your high horse, it s been a while since World History class, OK So anyway, Wikipedia helped a lot to keep the names and places and tribes and so on straight, so that I could enjoy the story and actually know who was being referred to I found this story fascinating I don t really know much about Chilean history, but I feel like I know quite a bitnow Because I was on Wikipedia and Google so much, I feel like I actually may have learned something This was a story about Spanish conquests and it was appropriately brutal There were massacres and tortures and mutilations and subjugation of the indigenous people All of that was to be expected But there was also a softer quality to this story, a kind of empathy and understanding that Ines lent it She claimed to not understand the indians of Chile, but her description of them, and their customs and ceremonies and beliefs said otherwise I thought several times while listening to this that she was confusing understanding with agreement I think she understood them just fine They wanted to live and be free and content in their lives just as she wanted to live and be free and content in her own She could have said to the Mapuches We re not so different, you and I Too bad she wouldn t have gotten the Austin Powers reference sigh I really appreciated the religious aspect of the story, both from the Catholic standpoint and the Native standpoint Allende represented both fairly, I think Although, it seemed that there was a bit of the mystical on the side of the Christians, at least in Ines s eyes I love that there was a little bit of that here, but also that it s interpretable Was it a miracle that broke the rope and saved the man from hanging, or was it simply that the rope was frayed or weak A comet, or a sign One thing I particularly loved regarding the religious aspect of the story was Ines, at 70, talking about how she sometimes forgets and calls God Ngenechen , which is the Mapuche s name for their god or sometimes prays to the Earth Mother rather than the Virgin It s such a throwaway reference, an old woman confused and mixing things up, but to me it signifies how similar beliefs can be, and how silly it is to try to force a right religion on someone else What s in a name Isn t what you believe and how you live and actimportant I think so, and I think that Ines did too She worked for her people all her life, striving to make sure that they were as well looked after as it was in her power to do She founded churches and hospitals and helped feed the poor and hungry, and defended the defenseless She was definitely an awesome, if underappreciated, person I enjoyed this one, and might just have to read it for myself one day I think it is a book that definitely deserves my full attention, and I couldn t give it that with the audio But regardless, this was very good, and I d definitely recommend it


  10. Sara Sara says:

    I am a huge fan of historical novels well done I also love to learn about areas and societies of which I know little or nothing This book fills both bills Ines Suarez was a remarkable Spanish lady who traveled to the New World in the 1530s and helped to settle Peru and Chili The only name I recognized from history class was that of Pizzaro, so you can imagine that this was a wholly new adventure for me.Allende impresses me by her very even handed handling of the native Indians who already po I am a huge fan of historical novels well done I also love to learn about areas and societies of which I know little or nothing This book fills both bills Ines Suarez was a remarkable Spanish lady who traveled to the New World in the 1530s and helped to settle Peru and Chili The only name I recognized from history class was that of Pizzaro, so you can imagine that this was a wholly new adventure for me.Allende impresses me by her very even handed handling of the native Indians who already populate the territories that eventually become Peru and Chili It is a terribly cruel and undeserved fate that await them at the hands of the Spaniards, and, while they are themselves a cruel and bloodthirsty people, they do not seem any less civilized in many ways than the conquistadors who come to conquer and enslave them.The thread of this novel is woven through the love stories of Ines, who is the mistress of and eventually wife of two of the most important men in the Spanish contingent She is a woman who is skilled and can hold her own with her male counterparts, and in a world that was not kind to the female gender, she achieved a kind of equality that was rare and outstanding To see her unflinching attitude in the face of so much carnage, hard work and repeated destruction, made me wonder how long I could have endured such a life That she was there for the Mapuche wars and still lived into her 80s is a feat unparalleled in her time She buried all the men around her.This is not my first Allende, and I have found that I run hot and cold with her She is a good writer, but sometimes runs in a vein that does not captivate me I thought this one of her better works If I had been able to establish a deeper emotional tie to Ines, I would have given it a five As it is, four stars is a good rating for me, and I am glad I finally sat myself down and read this I am positive that it has enhanced my understanding and knowledge of the period and the people who settled South America


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10 thoughts on “Inés of My Soul

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    In s del alma m a Ines of my soul, Isabel AllendeIn s of My Soul Spanish In s del alma m a, 2006 is a historical novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende The novel consists of an elderly In s Su rez writing a memoir of her life She narrates about her relationship with Pedro de Valdivia and the obstacles they had to overcome to conquer Chile and found the City of Santiago The novel relates the main facts of the life of In s, as written to be read by her adoptive daughter Isabel In the firs In s del alma m a Ines of my soul, Isabel AllendeIn s of My Soul Spanish In s del alma m a, 2006 is a historical novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende The novel consists of an elderly In s Su rez writing a memoir of her life She narrates about her relationship with Pedro de Valdivia and the obstacles they had to overcome to conquer Chile and found the City of Santiago The novel relates the main facts of the life of In s, as written to be read by her adoptive daughter Isabel In the first chapter, Europe, 1500 1537 , she describes her life in Plasencia, mainly her married life and affair with Juan of M laga, in addition to her hard trip to America, motivated not only to find her husband, but also to find freedom And 2008 1386 425 9789648838671 1389 21 1386 392 9789648944310 1386 437 96435138741580


  2. Candi Candi says:

    In the Americas every man was his own master he never had to bow to anyone, he could begin anew, be a different person, live a different life There no one bore his dishonor for years, and even the humblest could rise in the world Many years ago, I read several of Isabel Allende s books and fell in love with them Novels like The House of Spirits, Daughter of Fortune and Of Love and Shadows put Allende on my list of favorite authors at the time Whenever I saw any of her books at a library boIn the Americas every man was his own master he never had to bow to anyone, he could begin anew, be a different person, live a different life There no one bore his dishonor for years, and even the humblest could rise in the world Many years ago, I read several of Isabel Allende s books and fell in love with them Novels like The House of Spirits, Daughter of Fortune and Of Love and Shadows put Allende on my list of favorite authors at the time Whenever I saw any of her books at a library book sale, I would eagerly snatch them up Then a couple of years ago I read one of herrecent pieces, The Japanese Lover, and was somewhat lukewarm about it As a result, those books I had been so keen to buy just sat on my bookshelf for some time Until now The result Well, let s just say I found it interesting, but I feel less than enthused to tell you all about it Bottom line, this means that there was an emotional connection lacking here for meWith Pedro de Valdivia I lived a life of legend, and with him I conquered a kingdom Written in the first person, In s of my Soul recounts the settling of the country of Chile by the Spanish conquistadors during the sixteenth century In s Suarez was instrumental in the founding of the city of Santiago and Chile alongside Pedro de Valdivia In fact, I imagine she was quite a remarkable woman and ages ahead of her time She exhibited great courage and was incredibly resourceful I daresay she could have been a leader herself, and often demonstrated those skills when Valdivia was away on various missions and battles She provided guidance to her lover, and he took her advice quite seriously much of the timeA man does what he can a woman does what a man cannotIn s is now a woman in her seventies and she has set out to write a memoir of her life Occasionally, her story is interrupted by brief remarks directed to Isabel, her adopted daughter This became a tad irritating and disrupted the flow of the narrative Perhaps it was just meFaults committed in the name of Spain and the church were not sins How often have we heard similar excuses when one group of individuals attempts to conquer another In this case, it was the native Chileans, the Mapuche, that the Spanish aimed to subdue Naturally, there followed much bloodshed on both sides with some very violent and grisly battle scenes depicted throughout Punishments were harsh and sometimes quite vicious beheadings were not uncommon The Yanaconas, those Native Americans who had served the Inca Empire, were now enslaved to the Spaniards Without their assistance, I have to wonder if Spain would have succeeded in claiming these lands for themselves The Yanacona were a tireless and able bodied people that also suffered from grave injusticesWe want to found cities and prosper, live with decency and comfort, while they aspire only to be free Overall, I would have to admit that this book was quite fascinating from a historical standpoint I ve never read about the conquest of Chile prior to reading this, so I now feeleducated in that sense I have no doubt that Allende did thorough research in writing this novel, as she herself was born in Peru, raised in Chile, and had ties to political leaders In her author s note, she indicated that she spent four years conducting her research I typically adore a book with an intelligent and strong heroine, and In s Suarez certainly fit that to a T But there was something in the writing that was a bit lacking for me Perhaps it was missing the beautiful lines I so crave And, as I stated before, I was not particularly connected to In s, despite my admiration of her tenacity and adventurous spirit Still, this is a worthwhile read, and you can certainly judge for yourself if it would suit you or not I ll still give it a go with those other unread Allende s on my shelfIn a hot, swampy, voracious world infested with reptiles and poisonous insects, things decay very quickly, especially the soul The jungle transforms men into rogues and murderers


  3. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    This is an epic historical novel about the founding of Chile in the Sixteenth Century We follow events through the eyes of Ines who, in her old age, is writing a memoir for her daughter Ines, based on the historical figure of Ines de Suarez, lived a full life into her seventies, surviving two husbands and a long term lover One husband and the lover were pioneers and governors of the struggling settlement of Santiago at the core of Chile, settled from Peru to the north Ines suffered hardship This is an epic historical novel about the founding of Chile in the Sixteenth Century We follow events through the eyes of Ines who, in her old age, is writing a memoir for her daughter Ines, based on the historical figure of Ines de Suarez, lived a full life into her seventies, surviving two husbands and a long term lover One husband and the lover were pioneers and governors of the struggling settlement of Santiago at the core of Chile, settled from Peru to the north Ines suffered hardships in leaving Spain for the New World, arriving in Peru, and in traveling across the deserts and mountains from Peru to Chile Much of the book focuses on the displacement of the native American Indian population, the ferocious battles between the Spanish and the Indians, and the cruelties inflicted by one group upon the other, some of which is hard to stomach As Governess of the settlement, Ines was centuries ahead of her time, establishing schools, hospitals and even soup kitchens for the poor And it s a love story because Ines genuinely loved all three of these men Translated from the Spanish, it s a fast paced book and fairly sexually explicit, as are most of Allende s novels Rewritten 6 22 2016


  4. Shriya Shriya says:

    A veryIn skind of review I have been a reader for the last eleven years and am now the loyal fan of Isabel Allende , writing this review ofIn s of My Soulin the year of Our Lord 2012.I am not sure whether this review will convince anyone to read this book but I am sure this is one of the best historical novels ever written and Isabel Allende is, undoubtedly, the only writer who hovers between a historian, a storyteller and a feminist.As a result this book isn t limited to a singl A veryIn skind of review I have been a reader for the last eleven years and am now the loyal fan of Isabel Allende , writing this review ofIn s of My Soulin the year of Our Lord 2012.I am not sure whether this review will convince anyone to read this book but I am sure this is one of the best historical novels ever written and Isabel Allende is, undoubtedly, the only writer who hovers between a historian, a storyteller and a feminist.As a result this book isn t limited to a single genre It is a historically accurate account of a powerful sixteenth century conquistadora, a feminist novel and a work of fiction In other words, a perfect amalgamation of fact, fiction and feminism When you read it, you re a part of it The imagery is so strong, you can almost feel things happening You can see the destruction, feel the heat, smell the blood and gag at the dust And the language is so convincing, you can never separate fact from fiction You even tend to forget who is writing the story Allende or In s herself The book is so intense, so passionate and so strong that the effect it creates is incredible In fact, I am not even sure whetherIn s of My Soul is a book because it has an identity of its own It is almost like a living, breathing woman How exactly Isabel Allende managed to create such a powerful, beautiful book is impossible to say For me, it is indubitably the best book I ve read this year It encapsulates three of my most favourite topics in the world History, Literature and Feminism and it is so well written, I hate to let it go


  5. Barbara Barbara says:

    Colonization is such an innocuous sounding word, but the reality is just the opposite It is the audacity of a powerful country to invade another land and annihilate the indigenous population Often with the pretense of living together harmoniously, the native population is killed in battle, enslaved, or dies from diseases for which they have no immunity Is there another way The colonization of Chile was no different In the name of Christianity, the Spaniards conquered this land of great bea Colonization is such an innocuous sounding word, but the reality is just the opposite It is the audacity of a powerful country to invade another land and annihilate the indigenous population Often with the pretense of living together harmoniously, the native population is killed in battle, enslaved, or dies from diseases for which they have no immunity Is there another way The colonization of Chile was no different In the name of Christianity, the Spaniards conquered this land of great beauty Allende tells this historically based, epic story through the words of Ines S Suarez, a courageous and ingenious woman of the 16th century Ines recalls her life to her daughter as she is nearing death her difficult early years in Spain, her search for her first husband in Peru and Chile, and her years of toil, battle, friendships and loves in the early days of Santiago.Allende s writing evokes such a strong sense of time and place It was often hard to remember that Ines voice was actually that of the author I felt Ines perils to my core It has been a long time since I have felt such empathy for a character, such an involvement in the story And yet the brutality, the vividly graphic battle scenes were sickening Should the horrors of war be gentrified for the comfort of the reader Can we judge the actions of those seeking new lands and those trying to defend their land Would that judgment be a form of Monday morning quarterback syndrome As difficult to read as some scenes were, I believe the truth can t be watered down I don t know if there is ahumane way for expansion, but I have thought intensely about it and will continue to ponder this.I finished this intensely moving book at least a week ago I am still immersed in the narrative, and my description of its impact on me feels inadequate It did to me what great literature should do it grabbed me, challenged me and changed me I highly recommend this beautifully told story Isabelle Allende is a remarkable writer.A quote spoken by Ines I fear that these pages already containcruelty than a soul can tolerate In the New World, no one has scruples when the moment calls for violence Violence exists everywhere, and has throughout the ages Nothing changes we humans repeat the same sins over and over, eternally


  6. Agnes Agnes says:

    While this did not live up to some of Isabel Allende s other work in terms of either writing style or character development, the history was fascinating It is a fictionalized account of the founding of Chile, told through the eyes of the mother of the country, the leading conquistador s mistress The book is written to be her memoirs, so there are rather annoying interludes in which the narrator is in her present day, talking about how she must finish the story before she dies, blah blah bl While this did not live up to some of Isabel Allende s other work in terms of either writing style or character development, the history was fascinating It is a fictionalized account of the founding of Chile, told through the eyes of the mother of the country, the leading conquistador s mistress The book is written to be her memoirs, so there are rather annoying interludes in which the narrator is in her present day, talking about how she must finish the story before she dies, blah blah blah, and her comments about the other characters personalities are also rather banal However, the story is fascinating, and Allende did a great deal of background research that makes the setting realistic, even if she does not go into the moral complexities of the conquests themselves In this way, she stays true to her narrator s voice, even if that is somewhat simplistic for modern readers who may not see the conquest and butchering of native peoples as a god given right of the Spaniards


  7. Zainab Amadahy Zainab Amadahy says:

    I got about halfway through this book before I decided Ines of My Soul was an assault against my spirit The book is well written and, I would assume, well researched My first source of disillusionment came when the reader I listened to the audio book Blair Brown for some reason decided to read the entire book in a faux Spanish accent, mutilating most of the pronunciations Why Distracting and annoying to say the least.But that was a minor quibble compared to actual content Written from th I got about halfway through this book before I decided Ines of My Soul was an assault against my spirit The book is well written and, I would assume, well researched My first source of disillusionment came when the reader I listened to the audio book Blair Brown for some reason decided to read the entire book in a faux Spanish accent, mutilating most of the pronunciations Why Distracting and annoying to say the least.But that was a minor quibble compared to actual content Written from the POV of Ines Suarez, a conquistadora, I guess I should have expected the story to be filtered through a colonial mindset However, the novel got increasinglydifficult to listen to as Inez passed judgment on savages , excused the brutalities she witnessed and even committed a few of her own Throughout, Ines judges some murders, rapes and massacres as necessary or to be expected, while others were regretful Yes, Ines would have regarded her compatriots as heroic but they were really nothingthan barbarians raping, pillaging, murdering, enslaving and torturing their way through the continent Yes, this is plain in the book I just got tired of reading about how Ines strove to justify, rationalize and admire a great deal of it The scale of the slaughter is so beyond imagination I found it hard to care whether Ines ever found her missing hubby or took up with Valdivia or made it to Chile I had no sympathy or identification with Ines To me she was just a White woman who took the not so rare as you d think opportunity to pillage someone else s lands and enrich herself in the process I would rather have gotten to know the Indigenous peoples that were dying by the millions around her Ines supposed best friend is her indigenous servant girl, loyal, devoted and lacking agency a common trope among White historical fic authors who like to portray us folks of colour as content with even enjoying our roles as servants, whores and house slaves in their self involved sagas What rankles me most is that too many people today all over the americas believe that colonialism is a thing of the past But land and resource thefts continue across our lands Racism and white superiority are as entrenched today as they were in the years the conquistadors I m not interested in exploring their lives or humanizing them or searching for some semblance of nobility and honour in their actions I d rather know about the price we ve all paid for their greed


  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    This was a very well written book, and the voice of the narrator main character was very strong There were a few parts when it got a little slow, but would quickly pick back up and resume the epic, dramatic, and violent storyline I already have a few other books by Allende picked out to read someday, and look forward to them.


  9. Becky Becky says:

    3.5 StarsThis is my second book by Allende, and I can understand why people love her writing so much She is a beautiful storyteller and her writing is so evocative and lovely and honest without being flowery or overdone I love that quality in a writer it s one of my favorite things about Colleen McCullough as well, especially in Tim That book was my introduction to McCullough and it made a deep impression on me and instantly became one of my favorite books Crap Now I want to read it again 3.5 StarsThis is my second book by Allende, and I can understand why people love her writing so much She is a beautiful storyteller and her writing is so evocative and lovely and honest without being flowery or overdone I love that quality in a writer it s one of my favorite things about Colleen McCullough as well, especially in Tim That book was my introduction to McCullough and it made a deep impression on me and instantly became one of my favorite books Crap Now I want to read it again Anyway, I was talking about Allende The first book I read of hers was The House of the Spirits, and I really enjoyed it a lotthan I thought that I would You see, I don t really care for magical realism and generally steered clear of it whenever I could I m gradually coming to the conclusion that, like anything else, there s good and bad magical realism, and I d only read astoundingly bad examples of it or read good examples of it and didn t recognize them as MR But it took Allende and my friend Jackie recommending her books for me to see it Allende s books are beautifully written, and whatever mystical or magical or ethereal otherworldliness there might be is subtle and adds a little Did you see that nudge in the ribs, but doesn t overtake the story, doesn t throw the narrative into confusion like some magical realism books I ve read and hated with the fires of a thousand suns I m not going to name titles You know who you are _Beloved.So, this was another Jackie choice, and again I really enjoyed it, although I feel that this one lost something in the audio version I wish that I had read this rather than listening to it sigh Blair Brown did a passable Spanish accent, but quite often it was distracting It just seemed to lack a fluidity and smoothness that native speakers have Quite often, she d hesitate for just a moment before pronouncing a word It might actually only be a half second, but to me, it was a distraction This is the kind of story that you need and want to just climb into and live for a while and every one of those stutters pulled me out of it I may not pronounce the Spanish correctly in my head, but reading for myself would have been smoother, since I probably wouldn t know it was wrong The second reason that I wish I d have just read the book myself was that there were a whole lot of Spanish names in this one People names, place names, historical names and Chilean native tribe names, and honestly, it was really hard to keep track of who was who when I had no visual link to the sound of the words being spoken It didn t help much that, being told as a memoir type story, the narrative was less than linear Wikipedia helped a lot here, and Google for being a good guesser at what I was misspelling For instance, I d type Atawapa and it would return Did you mean Atahualpa Yes Yes I did THANK YOU GOOGLE And before any of you break out the ladder to get on your high horse, it s been a while since World History class, OK So anyway, Wikipedia helped a lot to keep the names and places and tribes and so on straight, so that I could enjoy the story and actually know who was being referred to I found this story fascinating I don t really know much about Chilean history, but I feel like I know quite a bitnow Because I was on Wikipedia and Google so much, I feel like I actually may have learned something This was a story about Spanish conquests and it was appropriately brutal There were massacres and tortures and mutilations and subjugation of the indigenous people All of that was to be expected But there was also a softer quality to this story, a kind of empathy and understanding that Ines lent it She claimed to not understand the indians of Chile, but her description of them, and their customs and ceremonies and beliefs said otherwise I thought several times while listening to this that she was confusing understanding with agreement I think she understood them just fine They wanted to live and be free and content in their lives just as she wanted to live and be free and content in her own She could have said to the Mapuches We re not so different, you and I Too bad she wouldn t have gotten the Austin Powers reference sigh I really appreciated the religious aspect of the story, both from the Catholic standpoint and the Native standpoint Allende represented both fairly, I think Although, it seemed that there was a bit of the mystical on the side of the Christians, at least in Ines s eyes I love that there was a little bit of that here, but also that it s interpretable Was it a miracle that broke the rope and saved the man from hanging, or was it simply that the rope was frayed or weak A comet, or a sign One thing I particularly loved regarding the religious aspect of the story was Ines, at 70, talking about how she sometimes forgets and calls God Ngenechen , which is the Mapuche s name for their god or sometimes prays to the Earth Mother rather than the Virgin It s such a throwaway reference, an old woman confused and mixing things up, but to me it signifies how similar beliefs can be, and how silly it is to try to force a right religion on someone else What s in a name Isn t what you believe and how you live and actimportant I think so, and I think that Ines did too She worked for her people all her life, striving to make sure that they were as well looked after as it was in her power to do She founded churches and hospitals and helped feed the poor and hungry, and defended the defenseless She was definitely an awesome, if underappreciated, person I enjoyed this one, and might just have to read it for myself one day I think it is a book that definitely deserves my full attention, and I couldn t give it that with the audio But regardless, this was very good, and I d definitely recommend it


  10. Sara Sara says:

    I am a huge fan of historical novels well done I also love to learn about areas and societies of which I know little or nothing This book fills both bills Ines Suarez was a remarkable Spanish lady who traveled to the New World in the 1530s and helped to settle Peru and Chili The only name I recognized from history class was that of Pizzaro, so you can imagine that this was a wholly new adventure for me.Allende impresses me by her very even handed handling of the native Indians who already po I am a huge fan of historical novels well done I also love to learn about areas and societies of which I know little or nothing This book fills both bills Ines Suarez was a remarkable Spanish lady who traveled to the New World in the 1530s and helped to settle Peru and Chili The only name I recognized from history class was that of Pizzaro, so you can imagine that this was a wholly new adventure for me.Allende impresses me by her very even handed handling of the native Indians who already populate the territories that eventually become Peru and Chili It is a terribly cruel and undeserved fate that await them at the hands of the Spaniards, and, while they are themselves a cruel and bloodthirsty people, they do not seem any less civilized in many ways than the conquistadors who come to conquer and enslave them.The thread of this novel is woven through the love stories of Ines, who is the mistress of and eventually wife of two of the most important men in the Spanish contingent She is a woman who is skilled and can hold her own with her male counterparts, and in a world that was not kind to the female gender, she achieved a kind of equality that was rare and outstanding To see her unflinching attitude in the face of so much carnage, hard work and repeated destruction, made me wonder how long I could have endured such a life That she was there for the Mapuche wars and still lived into her 80s is a feat unparalleled in her time She buried all the men around her.This is not my first Allende, and I have found that I run hot and cold with her She is a good writer, but sometimes runs in a vein that does not captivate me I thought this one of her better works If I had been able to establish a deeper emotional tie to Ines, I would have given it a five As it is, four stars is a good rating for me, and I am glad I finally sat myself down and read this I am positive that it has enhanced my understanding and knowledge of the period and the people who settled South America


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