Of love and shadows book review

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Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende

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As a magazine journalist — an unusual profession for a woman with her privileged upbringing — she is constantly challenging the oppressive regime. When an assignment leads them to uncover an unspeakable crime, they are determined to reveal the truth in a national overrun by terror and violence. Together they will risk everything for justice — and ultimately to embrace the passion that binds them.

Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende, Review: Courage & passion

Irene Beltran, a reporter, comes from a wealthy background; Francisco Leal, a young photographer secretly engaged in undermining the military dictatorship, is strongly attracted by her beauty. When Irene and Francisco go to investigate the mysterious case of Evangelina Ranquileo, a girl suffering from spectacular fits which are rumoured to have miraculous powers, the arrival of soldiers adds a sinister aspect to the mystery. And then Evangelina disappears. In trying to trace her and indict the Junta, Irene and Francisco become engulfed in a vortex of terror and violence. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time. Protagonists Irene Beltran and Francisco Leal are an unlikely alliance, but quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

Thank you! Irene Beltran is a journalist for a popular but nervy urban magazine, and her upbringing in the society of the rich and indolent leaves her little ready for what dawns on her apropos the political situation in her land. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!

About the Author, Isabel Allende

By Isabel Allende. Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. Alfred A. In her nightmares, she sees ''ashen bodies in the Morgue; Javier Leal dangling like some grotesque fruit from a tree in the children's park; the endless lines of women inquiring about their desaparecidos. Evangelina Ranquileo, barefoot and in her nightgown, calling from the shadows. By the time we read this passage, we know that the grotesque events described belong to Irene's life, as well as to her dreams; and we are reminded again that the transactions between the extraordinary and the mundane, which occur in so much Latin American fiction, are not merely a literary technique, but also a mirror of a historical reality, in which the fantastic is frequently part of everyday life.


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