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ISBN: 0007269498
Author: Isabel Allende
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
Pages: 320
Category: Memoirs
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 263
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In this heartfelt memoir, Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of tragic loss-the death of her . Many people who have read The Sum of our Days have asked where they can find Tabra’s jewelry.

In this heartfelt memoir, Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of tragic loss-the death of her daughter, Paula. Based on the daily letters the author and her mother, who lives in Chile, wrote each other, Allende bares her soul in a book that is as exuberant and full of life as its creator. She recounts the stories of the wildly eccentric, strong-minded, and eclectic tribe she gathers around her-a tribe that becomes a new kind of family.

Her last book is a memoir, "The Sum of Our Days

Her last book is a memoir, "The Sum of Our Days. It was published in 2008 and looks at her recent life with her immediate family, which includes her grown son, Nicolás; second husband, William Gordon; and several grandchildren. Persondata NAME Allende, Isabel ALTERNATIVE NAMES LLona, Isabel Allende SHORT DESCRIPTION Chilean Novelist DATE OF BIRTH 2 August, 1942 PLACE OF BIRTH Lima, Peru DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH. Источник: Isabel Allende.

Isabel Allende's biographical writing is every bit as wonderful as her fiction. Her web site should be visited after (or before) reading this book, as there are photographs of all the people she writes about in The Sum Of Our Days. It is very interesting for me to read about the personal life of a writer whose work I have been reading for many years. She is a fascinating woman with an equally fascinating life. I love the way she communicates with loved ones who have passed on.

Also by Isabel Allende. This book could not be published without the cooperation-in some cases reluctant-of the main characters in the story. As my son says: it is not easy to have a writer in the family. So thanks to all of them for putting up with my never-ending questions and for allowing me to dig deeper and deeper into their private lives.

Allende was born Isabel Allende Llona in Lima, Peru, the daughter of Francisca Llona Barros and Tomás Allende, who was at the time a second secretary at. .The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir (2008) La suma de los días.

Allende was born Isabel Allende Llona in Lima, Peru, the daughter of Francisca Llona Barros and Tomás Allende, who was at the time a second secretary at the Chilean embassy In 1945, after Tomás disappeared, Isabel's mother relocated with her three children to Santiago, Chile, where they lived until 1953. Between 1953 and 1958, Allende's mother was married to Ramón Huidobro and moved often. "Isabel Allende: "Big Think Interview with Isabel Allende" June 16, 2010"".

Isabel Allende Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor and wisdom, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a contemporary family, tied together by the love, strong will, and stubborn determination of a beloved matriarch, the indomitable New York Times bestselling author of The House.

Isabel Allende Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor and wisdom, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a contemporary family, tied together by the love, strong will, and stubborn determination of a beloved matriarch, the indomitable New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende. An inspiring and thought-provoking work. Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter, Paula

In this heartfelt memoir, Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of. Here, too, are the amazing stories behind Allende’s books, the superstitions that guide her writing process, and her adventurous travels. Ultimately, The Sum of Our Days offers a unique tour of this gifted writer’s inner world and of the relationships that have become essential to her life and her work. Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor, and wisdom, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a contemporary family, bound together by the love, fierce loyalty, and stubborn determination of a beloved, indomitable matriarch.

It's unfortunate that a memoir driven by a ferocious belief in the importance of family should leave the reader so relieved that Isabel Allende is not their mother-in-law. The author admits she has boundary issues - letting herself into her son's house at dawn to kiss her grandchildren, rearranging her daughter-in-law's furniture - and her third volume of biography reaches out in a similarly cloying, gently manipulative embrace

In this heartfelt memoir, Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of tragic loss-the death . Recalling the past thirteen years from the daily letters the author and her mother, who lives in Chile, wrote to each other, Allende bares her soul in a book that is as exuberant and full of life as its creator. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

A brilliant memoir from the celebrated Chilean novelist on friends, family and life in California, her adopted home. Isabel Allende has sold more than 50 million copies of her books worldwide. The most beloved and successful of her books, `The House of the Spirits', was based on her Chilean childhood, and her autobiographical works include the deeply moving `Paula' - a family history written at the bedside of her daughter while she lay in a coma - and the fascinating `My Invented Country', which explored the events of her native Chile where she lived until Pinochet's military coup. Now, in `The Sum of the Days', we have Isabel describe in an exceptionally vivid, human and deeply personal way her life in California where she has lived for more than 25 years. The first page picks up from where Paula ends - her daughter never did wake up from her coma and died in 1992 - when Allende recounts spreading Paula's ashes in her favourite part of the woods by their home. It is fair to say that Isabel has never recovered from losing her daughter but has managed to survive by keeping her husband, son, grandchildren as well as close friends - kindred spirits - central to her life. `The Sum of the Days', based on Allende's own journals and daily correspondence with her mother in Chile, reveals the author to be a dazzling, generous, warm and hysterically funny matriarch within her swirl of family and friends.

Comments:

Whitesmasher
Such an intimate memoir as Isabel Allende is known for, does not disappoint. She describes her tribal family as its unquestioned matriarch. All the ups and downs, losses and gifts of her life, make up The Sum of Our Days. Because it is also and particularly a family story, so it is not just her days, but a collective of "our days." Although the narrator is the driving force, she learns that to continue to be the director of her tribe will deprive them of her gift of herself. Her story is one of stripping away her personal armour and control. It is then that she finds the rewards of a life well lived and well loved. As with her other books, this one is spiritual and imaginative, and the reader emerges feeling enriched with her imagery.
Ubrise
Thank you Ms. Allende, for sharing your life with us with so much truth, honesty and compassion, not only for the people of your tribe, but also for yourself. There is a lesson in this for your readers- to open our hearts and share the love and kindness within and be kind to ourselves as well... To be able to dissect your life, your fears, pain and loss in your messages to Paula, has been an inspiration for me and I am sure, everyone of your readers who have lost a child too soon... I will reread this dialog and share your words of wisdom over and over again! Thank you again from my heart...
Mr_Jeйson
In terms of literature, a bit of a disappointment -- it certainly isn't a candle on "Paula," and I kind of agree with the reviewer who said it seemed hastily written. It does, and there's little of the lyrical language that made "Paula" such a treat.

On the other hand, it IS interesting to see more of the whole "tribe" here, and people are depicted more as real people, including Isabel herself. I was shocked and surprised to find that Paula, who came across as almost too saintly in the last book, didn't like children, but it made me like her a lot more as a real person. (Perhaps it was just her youth; I can imagine her, like many woman, wanting a child as she got older.)

I'd say this book is best for people who have already read a lot of Allende and are interested in her and her family. I wouldn't start anybody off with this one, and even for diehard fans, the hardcover price may be a bit much. I'd say wait for the paperback or borrow from a library.
Andriodtargeted
Isabel Allende's biographical writing is every bit as wonderful as her fiction. It is very interesting for me to read about the personal life of a writer whose work I have been reading for many years. Her web site should be visited after (or before) reading this book, as there are photographs of all the people she writes about in The Sum Of Our Days. She is a fascinating woman with an equally fascinating life. I love the way she communicates with loved ones who have passed on. I have had this experience many times in my own life, and it is always good to be validated.
Helo
I had not read Ms. Allende's books before because I knew something about her history and felt her writing would only involve South American political issues. How wrong I was. This book is autobiographical and filed with countless stories of humor, tragedy, political intrigue, familial connections, and just wonderful day-to-day experiences. Her triumphs and failures, confidence and insecurities are all laid out for us to share with her. I did not want the book to end and look forward to reading more of her work. The writing is exceptional and well worth the reader's time and interest.
Nakora
It made me want to read or re-read all of Allende's books. More importantly,it made me want to get back to writing my own memoir-in-progress with renewed inspiration. All things become part of a beautiful whole in the light of Allende's writing. She gives voice to the fundamental tragedy and hope of being human -- to never be apart from those we love, even if our love is so expansive it threatens to take over the world. Allende seems like the secret best friend I carry around inside of me who nurtures the passions I am constrained from expressing.
Realistic
For some, family is a matter of pure biology. For others, it is the forging of bonds that become central to our identities and begin to form a people who are interdependent and no longer isolated and left to their individual devices. It takes creativity, patience, and permeable boundaries. There is reconciliation, but there is also pain and loss. There is no magic here, but there are the whispers of the spirits.
Well, I am a fan of Isabel Allende anyway. Still I love this book for its simplicity its everyday practical advices (for me anyway), a lot for the truth and the value of acceptance when we cannot change what is.
And I love the humor. Just when we the reader feel slightly that perhaps we could get a little bored, she wakes us up with something so funny that we find ourselves shaking with uncontrollable laughter.
Read it, you'll see what I mean.
And should you have velleity of becoming a writer this book could help also...

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