Born in Lima, Peru on Aug 2, 1942. Isabel Allende is a Chilean writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre magical realism, is known for novels such as The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts, which have been commercially highly successful. Allende has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author.”
We have picked some of best and famous books by Isabel Allende.
City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is going to join with his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.
But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery…
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, from the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the mountains of northern California.
Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to accompany him.
As we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a boat to the rough-and-tumble universe of San Francisco and northern California, we enter a world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven mad by gold fever.
A society of single men and prostitutes among whom Eliza moves–with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chien–California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean.
Her search for the elusive Joaquín gradually turns into another sort of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom.
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Eva Luna is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and also a snake-bitten gardener–born bad, orphaned at an early age, and working as a servant. Eva is a naturally talented and ingenious storyteller who matches people from all stations and walks of life.
Though she does not have any wealth, she trades her stories like money with people that are kind to her.
Within this novel, she shares the story of her own lifetime and introduces viewers to a diverse and bizarre cast of characters including the Lebanese émigré who befriends her and chooses her in; her unlucky godmother, whose brain is addled by rum and that thinks in all the Catholic saints and some of her own creation; a street urchin who develops to a petty criminal and, afterwards, a leader in the guerrilla battle; a celebrated transsexual entertainer who instructs her in the ways of the adult world; along with a young refugee whose flight from postwar Europe will prove crucial to Eva’s destiny.
As Eva tells her narrative, Isabel Allende conjures up a complete complex South American state –the wealthy, the poor, the simple, and the sophisticated–in a novel replete with incident and character, together with drama and humor and background, with battles and passions, rebellions and reunions, a novel that celebrates the power of imagination to make a better world.
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter starts with a minor traffic accident–which becomes the catalyst for an abrupt and moving romance between two people who believed they had been heavy into the winter of their lives.
What at first seems a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and a lot more serious turn when Evelyn ends up at the professor’s house seeking aid. At a loss, the professor asks his renter Lucia Maraz–a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile–for her guidance.
These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn into Guatemala from the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the start of a long-overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.
Researching the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Allende’s landmark book The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the origin of”humankind, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics” (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarité — known as Tété — is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage.
Although her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tété finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.
When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his bags and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his daddy’s plantation, Saint-Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy.
It’ll be eight years before he brings home a bride but marriage, also, proves harder than he imagined. And Valmorain remains determined by the services of his teenaged slave.
Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tété and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid reduction, to provide humanity though her own was battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.
My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
And here, also, is an unforgettable portrait of a charming, idiosyncratic Chilean people with a violent history and an indomitable spirit.
Although she claims to have been an outsider in her native property -“I never fit in anywhere, not into my family, my social group, or the faith fate bestowed on me” – Isabel Allende carries with her even today the sign of the politics, fantasy, and magic of her homeland.
In My Invented Country, she explores the use of memory and nostalgia in shaping her life, her books, and that many intimate link to her location of origin” .
Paula by Isabel Allende
Paula es el libro más conmovedor, más private y más íntimo de Isabel Allende. Junto al lecho en que agonizaba su hija Paula, la gran narradora chilena escribió la historia de su familia y de sí misma con el propósito de regalársela a Paula cuando ésta superara el dramático trance.
El resultado se convirtió en un autorretrato de insólita emotividad y en una exquisita recreación de la sensibilidad de las mujeres de nuestra época.
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
El despótico patriarca Esteban Trueba ha construido con mano de hierro un imperio privado que empieza a tambalearse con el paso del tiempo y un entorno social explosivo.
Finalmente, la decadencia personal del patriarca arrastrará a los Trueba a una dolorosa desintegración. Atrapados en unas dramáticas relaciones familiares, los personajes de esta poderosa novela encarnan las tensiones sociales y espirituales de una época que abarca gran parte del siglo XX.
Con impecable pulso narrativo y gran lucidez histórica, Isabel Allende ha creado un fresco en el que conviven lo cotidiano con lo maravilloso, el amor con la revolución y los ideales personales con la dura realidad política.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
Back in 1939, as Poland drops under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to reside in security with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, since the rest of the world goes to war, she experiences Ichimei Fukuda, the silent and tender son of their family’s Japanese gardener.
Unnoticed by people around them, a tender romance begins to blossom. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are pulled apart as Ichimei and his family, like thousands of Japanese Americans have been announced enemies and relocated to internment camps run by the United States authorities.
Throughout their lifetimes, both Alma and Ichimei reunite over and over, but theirs is a love they are permanently forced to hide from the world.
Irina Bazili, a maintenance worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, matches the elderly lady and her grandson, Seth, in San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home.
Since Irina and Seth invent a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters delivered to Alma, eventually learning Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for almost seventy decades.
The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende is among the world’s most treasured authors. Back in 1988, she introduced the world to Eva Luna at a publication of the same name that recounted the adventurous life of a young Latin American girl whose abilities as a storyteller bring her friendship and love. Returning for this tale, Allende presents The Stories of Eva Luna, a treasure trove of brilliantly crafted tales.
Lying in bed together with her European lover, refugee and journalist Rolf Carlé, Eva answers his petition for a story”you’ve never told anyone before” with these twenty-three examples of her brilliant artistry.
Interweaving the real and the magical, she explores love, vengeance, compassion, and the strengths of girls, creating a world that’s at once poignantly familiar and intriguingly new.
Two words —
Wicked woman —
Toad’s mouth —
The gold of Tomás Vargas —
If you touched my heart —
Present for a love —
Ester Lucero —
Straightforward María —
Our trick —
The little Heidelberg —
The judge’s spouse —
The road north —
The schoolteacher’s guest —
the Appropriate respect —
Interminable life —
A discreet wonder —
Letters of betrayed love —
Ghost palace —
And of clay are we created