Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende~★

Author: Isabel Allende
Title: Ines of My Soul
Release Date: August 2007
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket: "Born into a poor family in Spain, Ines, a seamstress, finds herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or hope for the future. It is the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when her shiftless husband disappears to the New World, Ines uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure. After her treacherous journey takes her to Peru, she learns that her husband has died in battle. Soon she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro..."

Taryn's Review: I hate to give any book one star, but I had to do it based one huge problem: I couldn't finish the book because I was so bored with it. I had high hopes for the book, but sadly Allende overwrote the book to the point that it created a bland tone. It was also a very slow-moving book because Allende was so excessively wordy. I felt like I wasn't getting to the point of the book, which made me quit the book.

Also, having a background in history, I can safely say I have read primary sources (first-hand accounts) written by people who actually experienced the Spanish Conquest on both sides (Native and European) that are way more interesting than this book. Pick up a non-fiction book if you're interested in this time period and don't waste your time on this book.

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