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Nerds eThis is anpic historical novel about the founding of Chile in the Sixteenth Century We follow Zack (Areion Fury MC events through theyes 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 Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, establishing schools hospitals andven 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 ContamiNation explicit as are most of Allende s novels Rewritten 6222016 A very In s kind of review I have been a reader for the lastleven years and am now the loyal fan of Isabel Allende writing this review of In s of My Soul in the year of Our Lord 2012I 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 ver written and Isabel Allende is undoubtedly the only writer who hovers between a historian a storyteller and a feministAs a result this book isn t limited to a single genre It is a historically accurate account of a powerful sixteenth century conuistadora 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 ven 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 ffect it creates is incredible In fact I am not ven sure whether In s of My Soul is a book because it has an identity of its own It is almost like a living breathing woman How Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas 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 Itncapsulates 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 This was a very well written book and the voice of the narratormain character was very strong There were a few parts when it got a little slow but would uickly pick back up and resume the The Magic Rolling Pin epic dramatic and violent storyline I already have a few other books by Allende picked out to read someday and look forward to them In the Americasvery 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 Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, even the humblest could rise in the worldMany 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 wouldagerly snatch them up Then a couple of years ago I read one of her recent 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 nthused to tell all About It Bottom Line This That it Bottom line this means that was an motional connection lacking here for me With Pedro de Valdivia I lived a life of legend and with him I conuered a kingdomWritten in the first person In s of my Soul recounts the settling of the country of Chile by the Spanish conuistadors 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 uite a remarkable Santiago and Chile alongside Pedro de Valdivia In fact I imagine she was uite a remarkable and ages ahead of her time She Garden Bouquets and Beyond 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 uite seriously much of the time A man does what he can a woman does what a man cannot In 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 me Faults committed in the name of Spain and the church were not sinsHow often have we heard similarxcuses when one group of individuals attempts to conuer 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 uite vicious beheadings were not uncommon The Yanaconas those Native Americans who had served the Inca Empire were now The Unseen Wonder 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 injustices We want to found cities and prosper live with decency and comfort while they aspire only to be freeOverall I would have to admit that this book was uite fascinating from a historical standpoint I ve never read about the conuest of Chile prior to reading this so I now feelducated 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 Ines Suarez came to Chile with the Conuistadors in 1540 helping to claim the territory Efore 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 shelf In a hot swampy voracious world infested with reptiles and poisonous insects things decay very uickly The Management Bible especially the soul The jungle transforms men into rogues and murderers 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 battlenslaved or dies from diseases for which they have no immunity Is there another wayThe colonization of Chile was no different In the name of Christianity the Spaniards conuered this land of great beauty Allende tells this historically based Zu schnell 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 difficultarly years in Spain her search for her first husband in Peru and Chile and her years of toil battle friendships and loves in the Sleepless (Bird of Stone, early days of SantiagoAllende s writingvokes 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 mpathy 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 uarterback 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 a humane way for xpansion but I have thought intensely about it and will continue to ponder thisI 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 inadeuate 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 writerA uote spoken by InesI fear that these pages already contain cruelty than a soul can tolerate In the New World no one has scruples when the moment calls for violence Violence xists verywhere and has throughout the ages Nothing changes we humans repeat the same sins over and over Invisible (The Curse of Avalon eternally 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 thentire book in a faux Spanish accent mutilating most of the pronunciations Why Distracting and annoying to say the leastBut that was a minor uibble compared to actual content Written from the POV of Ines Suarez a conuistadora I guess I should have Yummy Supper expected the story to be filtered through a colonial mindset However the novel got increasingly difficult to listen to as Inez passed judgment on savagesxcused the brutalities she witnessed and ven committed a few of her own Throughout Ines judges some murders rapes and massacres as necessary or to be xpected while others were regretful Yes ines would have regarded her compatriots as heroic would have regarded her compatriots as heroic they were really nothing than barbarians raping pillaging murdering nslaving 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

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is so beyond I found it hard to care whether Ines ver 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 lse s lands and nrich 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 Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature evennjoying 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 ntrenched today as they were in the years the conuistadors I m not interested in xploring 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 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 Trajan 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 conuer 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 9643513874 1580 Historical fiction about the life of In s Su rez Born in Spain in thearly 1500s she sails to South America with her niece to find her husband Juan de M laga who has gone in search of gold The story is told by In s near the Bunnys Book Club Goes to School end of her life in the form of a diary she plans to give to her stepdaughter Isabel The narrative covers her three romantic relationships and her participation in thexpedition to conuer Chile They stablish the city of Santiago and battle the native people Allende is known for her female protagonists and In s is the prototype of a strong woman She becomes self sufficient as a seamst. Or Spain and to found the first Spanish settlement in Santiago Here Isabelle Allende re. ,
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