Inés of My Soul

Inés of My Soul

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Born into a poor family in Spain, In#65533;s, 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, In#65533;s 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.

Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have failed: to become the conquerer of Chile. The natives of Chile are fearsome warriors, and the land is rumored to be barren of gold, but this suits Valdivia, who seeks only honor and glory. Together the lovers In#65533;s Su#65533;rez and Pedro de Valdivia will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage a bloody, ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans--the fierce local Indians led by the chief Michimalonko, and the even fiercer Mapuche from the south. The horrific struggle will change them forever, pulling each of them toward their separate destinies.

In#65533;s of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope: meticulously researched, it engagingly dramatizes the known events of In#65533;s Su#65533;rez's life, crafting them into a novel full of the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061161537
Branch Call Number: ALL
Characteristics: 321 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Peden, Margaret Sayers


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Feb 06, 2016

I don't know why anyone would want to read this book. Today Ines Suarez would be considered a terrorist!

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Once again Allende combines history, romance, and adventure to create a story steeped in the Spanish conquest of the Americas. A poor Spanish seamstress follows her husband to the new world and finds herself caught up in the horrors of war, the frantic quest for gold and the plight of the indigenous people. When she finds that her husband has been killed in battle, she becomes the mistress of the man who is determined to become the conqueror of Chile.

Aggie3 Oct 07, 2013

A very captivating and moving novel. Isabel Allende is a great story teller. Details of love, suffering, tragedy and triumph are a big part in all her books, and "Ines of my soul" is no exception. It is a great read and a book that is not easy to put down. Great historical detail with human emotion. Two thumbs up.

Mar 05, 2012

Allende uses the voice of an elderly woman describing her life to re-tell the history of the Spanish colonization of Chile. It is a brutal re-telling - not for the squeamish - but at the same time a story of love and survival.

Oct 01, 2011


Apr 11, 2011

Excellent book - lots of historic content.

Jun 30, 2010

Except for the sudden ending - which left me feeling a little unfinished - this was a good solid read with lots of history but very readable.

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