Monday, May 2, 2011
Review: Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages: 336 pgs
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Powell's, Indiebound
Summary from publisher:
In nineteenth-century Chile, Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that erases all recollections of the first five years of her life. Raised by her regal and ambitious grandmother Paulina del Valle, Aurora grows up in a privileged environment but is tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she explores the mystery of her past.
I reviewed Daughter of Fortune last week and loved it. I was itching to read the sequel, Portrait in Sepia.
This one focuses on Aurora, Eliza and Tao Chi'en granddaughter, and takes us through her life. I felt that her story paled in comparison to Eliza. I found myself missing Eliza and her strong character. I think that may be because I loved Daughter of Fortune so much that any other narrator telling this story would feel lacking in comparison to Eliza. I did like how her being a photographer reflected on the way the story was told. I felt as if I was looking at snapshots of time rather than reading a straight narration.
I did like Portrait in Sepia. Maybe not as much as I loved Daughter of Fortune but I did like it. I was happy that I got some conclusions to Eliza and Tao Chi’en’s story. Even though the majority of those conclusions were sad, I am happy that I got the closure. I also enjoyed the mystery of Tao’s death. I kinda had an idea from the beginning of the book but it was interesting nonetheless. I did not realize that this was also connected to The House of the Spirits. I read that one a long time ago and have very vague recollections of it. I think I must read it again.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.