Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valpara#65533;so, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaqu#65533;n Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaqu#65533;n takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.

So begins Isabel Allende's enchanting new novel, Daughter of Fortune, her most ambitious work of fiction yet. As we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a ship to the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, we enter a world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven mad by gold fever. A society of single men and prostitutes among whom Eliza moves--with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chien--California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean. Her search for the elusive Joaqu#65533;n gradually turns into another kind of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.

Daughter of Fortune is a sweeping portrait of an era, a story rich in character, history, violence, and compassion. In Eliza, Allende has created one of her most appealing heroines, an adventurous, independent-minded, and highly unconventional young woman who has the courage to reinvent herself and to create her own destiny in a new country. A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende's extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world's leading writers.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999.
ISBN: 9780060194918
Characteristics: viii, 399 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 04, 2017

I liked this book a lot because it's true that it was a love story but at the same time it wasn't like the usual Disney love stories we all know. In this book the main character Eliza does fall in love, but she doesn't wallow in pain and sadness when her loved one leaves, she does something about it. I love the fact that the author gave her guts and smarts. I also love how Eliza is so amazingly self aware about this love she has. Definitely not the typical love story, good ending though.
This is only the first time reading the book but I will definitely reread it. There are a lot of other issues shown in the book like conformity and being an outsider, freedom from expectations placed on your gender and such which is another reason why I love this book so much. Very layered and definitely makes you think about human relationships among other things.

hippyheart Jul 05, 2010

Such a detailed & involving read that draws you in till the end.

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