Born Isabel Allende Llona on August 2, 1942 in Lima Peru In 2010 She received Chile’s National Literature Prize In 2004 She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters Became an American citizen in 2003 and currently resides in California with her husband
In 1996 Allende started the Isabel Allende Foundation
She wanted to support programs that promote and preserve the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected.
“Magical Realism is characterized as by two conflicting perspective, one based on a rational view of reality and the other on the acceptance of the supernatural as prosaic reality”.
Isabel uses this style of writing in the majority of her works.
Books have been translated in over 30 languages and sold more than 56 million copies
There have been 3 movies made in correlation to her books.
Aphrodite, Eva Luna, and Gift for a Sweetheart
Awards Author of the Year 1984, 1986 Novel of the Year 1983, Book of the Year 1984 Best Novel 1985 Feminist of the Year Award 1994 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature 1996 Chilean National Prize for Literature 2010 Hans Christina Anderson Literature Award 2011
Novels The House of Spirits The Porcelain Fat Lady Of Love and Shadows The Stories of Eva Luna Eva Luna The Infinite Plan Daughter of Fortune Paula Portrait in Sepia City of the Beasts Zorro My Invented Country Kingdom of the Golden Dragon Forest of the Pygmies The Sum of Our Days Ines of My Soul The Island Beneath the Sea El Cuaderno de Maya
This book written in 1998 was placed on the New York Times Bestsellers list.
This book is a mix of recipes, stories, naughty tales and more.
It combines sex and food in a whole new way.
Opening line begins with “I repent of my diets, the delicious dishes for making love that I let go by”. She wrote the book to remember life after the lose of her daughter the year before.
What I think that Isabel is trying to say her is that we need to live life to our fullest potential. Life is more about what you do with your time then what you don’t do with. What Is life? An illusion , a shadow, a fiction For all of life is a dream And Dreams? Dreams are dreams.
About the book The function of this book is to celebrate life. She wrote this book to get out of her depression from the death of her daughter. It is a collection of short stories by her friends. There is a collection of her favorite recipes. There is a section all about your tongue. The whole book is talking about sex and how great it is.
Relate to History The 1990’s was all about discovery of the human body and sexuality. As well as an awareness of homophobia. 1993 Clinton signs “don’t ask don’t tell”, which prohibits openly gay or bisexual people from serving in the military. Clinton and the Lewinskey scandal 1998-1999 Gay college student Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered 1999
Impact I feel that this book has had and impact on the way that the US looks at sex and sexuality. The whole nation was becoming more aware of gay pride and bisexuality. Now a days we have a very strong connection and awareness of gay and bisexual behaviors. To the point where was are not discussing gay marriage.
Favorite Recipe Mocha Cream 1 egg yolk ¼ cup strong coffee 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon shaved chocolate ½ cup fresh cream Beat the eggs with the coffee and sugar. Cook in a double boiler over het and add chocolate, stirring to dissolve well, then add the cream. May be served cool or hot.
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Allende, Isabel. Aphrodite: a Memoir of the Senses. New York, NY: HarperFamingo, 1998. Print.