From the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea comes “a bold exploration of womanhood, feminism, parenting, aging, love and more” (Associated Press).
“The Soul of a Woman is Isabel Allende’s most liberating book yet.”—Elle
“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating,” begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without “resources or voice.” Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn’t have.
As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the second wave of feminism. Among a tribe of like-minded female journalists, Allende for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote “with a knife between our teeth” about women’s issues. She has seen what the movement has accomplished in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one’s sexuality.
So what feeds the soul of feminists—and all women—today? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work yet to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As she nears her 80th birthday, famed Chilean novelist Isabel Allende looks back on a life defined by adventure, loss, and an unshakable belief in women’s power. From her unorthodox childhood with a single mother to her role in Chile’s ascendant feminist movement, Allende lays bare the challenges and joys of the female experience—mixing clear-eyed, nuanced observations about women’s choices with unabashedly personal anecdotes from her own journey, which includes motherhood and three marriages. Sparkling with life, disarmingly self-aware, and often extremely funny, The Soul of a Woman is a must-read memoir from a bona fide literary lion.
Allende (A Long Petal of the Sea) presents a rich and intimate account of her lifelong commitment to feminism. For Allende, feminism is "a philosophical posture and a rising against male authority." She further clarifies that patriarchy is "stony," while feminism is fluid and "like the ocean, never stays quiet." The book's biographical details include Allende's youthful fight for equality in sports; her early years as a journalist in Chile in the 1960s and '70s; profiles of her beloved mother and chauvinist stepfather; and a tribute to legendary literary agent Carmen Balcells ("my mentor and my friend"), who helped Allende enter the male-dominated world of Latin American literature with the publication of her debut novel, The House of the Spirits, in 1982. Allende also memorializes her daughter, Paula, who died at age 29, and describes the foundation she started in Paula's honor to "invest in the power of vulnerable women and girls." Allende also discusses her three marriages and proudly takes on the mantle of "emboldened" grandmother: "We have nothing to lose and therefore are not easily scared." This spirited call for women to continue fighting for "a joyful world" will resonate with Allende's many fans.
A good and juice y telling of events in her older days
Excellent and quick read
High quality and thought provoking from a master storyteller.
Author Should stick to writing letters