Paula Author:Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator) Paula is a soul-baring memoir, which, like a novel of suspense, one reads without drawing a breath. 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 months in the hospital, the author ... more »began to write the story of her family for her unconscious daughter. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our eyes; 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 ensuing 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.« less
Great book. It is a sad story (the authour's memoir of her daughter's long convalescence and eventual passing, so it took me a little while to get into it at first, but it is also a really beautiful story, really worth reading.
I'm an Isabel Allende fan, so of course I enjoyed the writing, but I found this very personal book not only moving - as one would expect in a book that's a tribute to a deceased daughter - but also just a purely fascinating family story.