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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 In The Early Years Of The Conquest Of The Americas, In S Su Rez, A Seamstress Condemned To A Life Of Toil, Flees Spain To Seek Adventure In The New World As In S Makes Her Way To Chile, She Begins A Fiery Romance With Pedro De Valdivia, War Hero And Field Marshal To The Famed Francisco Pizarro Together The Lovers Will Build The New City Of Santiago, And They Will Wage War Against The Indigenous Chileans A Bloody Struggle That Will Change In S And Valdivia Forever, Inexorably Pulling Each Of Them Toward Separate DestiniesIn S Of My Soul Is A Work Of Breathtaking Scope That Masterfully Dramatizes The Known Events Of In S Su Rez S Life, Crafting Them Into A Novel Rich With The Narrative Brilliance And Passion Readers Have Come To Expect From Isabel Allende 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 . . , . 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. 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 . 2013.