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Daughter of Fortune
Daughter of Fortune
Author: Isabel Allende
ISBN-13: 9780965275163
ISBN-10: 0965275167
Publication Date: 1999
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 7
This is one of those rare books that I can appreciate both on a literary level at the same time as I wallow in the romance and suspense. [Warning: cliche coming] I couldn't put it down! Seriously, you have to read this one - and ignore all her others, Allende appears to be a one book author.
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Helpful Score: 6
Amazing book! I have read and reread it. Of particular interest to me were the descriptions of Gold Rush era towns from Sacramento to the Foothills. From a historical viewpoint of those towns the descriptions are amazingly accurate. I would and have recommended this book to others.
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Helpful Score: 5
Engrossing story begins in Chile and ends in California, touches on every-day life in Chile, shipping, prostitutes, the Gold Rush and Chinese herbal medicine. And, it's well written.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is so rich w detail, characters, and excitement. The main character is a spirited heroine who really engages you and makes you feel for her and her plight...the characters are all very rich and interesting and the book really teaches you alot about the history of the period California Gold Ruch 1849, and South America, and China in the same period.
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A basket ends up on the doorsteps of a well-to-do family in Chili containing a beautiful baby girl of raven hair. The story follows this beauty into her adulthood in a manner not accustomed to the whims of these English aristocrats. Her friendship and identity with the family's servants, love for her adopted mother, her unexpected friendship with a Chinese doctor, and her new love as she becomes of age will lead you on a trip through the realities of the forty-niners quest for the California gold. It incorporates characters described in detail one would find in San Francisco and the gold fields you will treasure and not soon forget. One of those books you will be recommending to your friends and those you chance to meet.
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Until Isabel Allende burst onto the scene with her 1985 debut, The House of the Spirits, Latin American fiction was, for the most part, a boys' club comprising such heavy hitters as Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mario Vargas Llosa. But the Chilean Allende shouldered her way in with her magical realist multi-generational tale of the Trueba family, followed it up with four more novels and a spate of nonfiction, and has remained in a place of honor ever since. Her sixth work of fiction, Daughter of Fortune, shares some characteristics with her earlier works: the canvas is wide, the characters are multi-generational and multi-ethnic, and the protagonist is an unconventional woman who overcomes enormous obstacles to make her way in the world. Yet one cannot accuse Allende of telling the same story twice; set in the mid-1800s, this novel follows the fortunes of Eliza Sommers, Chilean by birth but adopted by a British spinster, Rose Sommers, and her bachelor brother, Jeremy, after she is abandoned on their doorstep.

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