Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 25/01/2022
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One extraordinary woman. One hundred years of history. One unforgettable story. Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first daughter in a family of five boisterous sons. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth. Through her father's prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses all and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. There, she will come of age, and her first suitor will come calling. In a letter to someone she loves above all others, Violeta recounts devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, times of both poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy, and a life shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women's rights, the rise and fall of tyrants and, ultimately, not one but two pandemics. Through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination, and sense of humour will carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526648341
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 544g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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One extraordinary story …
Violeta del Valle tells her long and eventful life story to her grandson, who is a Jesuit priest. It is not only the story of Violeta but also the story o... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The story of Violeta's life
The story of Violeta's life. And what an intriguing, exiting, heartbreaking life it was. The story is passed down to Violeta's Grandson Camilo, it starts i... READ MORE
Margaret Moore
I read this in one day on holiday - wow, I forgot how good a writer Isabel Allende is. It takes you through Violeta’s life from birth to death, and all tha... READ MORE
Kim Meddings-Curtis
Very moving
Set over 100 years this is the story of Violeta and told as a letter to Camilo and the highs and horrors she endured. It tells of the atrocities in South A... READ MORE
Zoe Morton
Highly recommended
I never know if I'm going to love or hate it when I start a book by Isabel Allende. I loved this one, loved Violeta and her long stories that reflect the s... READ MORE
Simply outstanding
Violeta Del Valle now 100, writes to her much loved grandson Camilo and tells him the story of her incredible life. Violeta was born in 1920 in the midst o... READ MORE
Celia Short
An extraordinary life story
I've always been intrigued by Isabel Allende's novels and so jumped at the chance to read this and am so pleased I did. Violeta is a wonderful character. ... READ MORE
Incredible read
This is a book like no other. It is an incredible read, a real emotional rollercoaster of a read in fact, as I sit here having finished the book feeling q... READ MORE
Lynne Packer
Absolutely Captivating
Born in one pandemic, dying in another. This is the story of Violeta Del Valle who provides us with a rich and colourful testimony on her life. On first ... READ MORE
Jennifer Campbell
Emotional, insightful, inspirational
*TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE, DOMESTIC ABUSE, DRUG ABUSE, VIOLENCE* *MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS* In this novel we spend a century with Violeta, from 1920 to 2020. ... READ MORE
Violeta by Isabel Allende Violeta is an absorbing new historical fiction from the wonderful Isabel Allende, set in Chile and covering a span of 100 years,... READ MORE
Angela Thompson
An amazing story spanning 100 years of South American history through the eyes of Violeta, who lives for a century. The tale is told by Violeta, as if she ... READ MORE
Judith Srivalsan
An absolute delight
An absolute gem of a book, The story is told by Violeta to her Grandson of the trials and tribulations that where her life, from being born in 1920, in C... READ MORE
Captivating story
Isabel Allende is a consummate storyteller. Each book pulls you in to the lives, loves , triumphs and tragedies of the key protagonists beautifully woven w... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Glorious saga
An epic saga of sweeping proportions that the reader has come to expect from Ms Allende. Beautiful and thoughtfully written it covers a centenary of global... READ MORE
Glorious epic
An epic saga of sweeping proportions that the reader has come to expect from Ms Allende. Beautiful and thoughtfully written it covers a centenary of global... READ MORE
What a privilege to read and review writing of such quality.
A sweeping epic of a book, covering the 100 years between the 20th century flu pandemic and the coronavirus pandemic of the 21st. It is written in the form... READ MORE
Kaye Fraser
A story spanning over a 100 years told via letters to her grandson. She was born during the Spanish flu pandemic and died during the COVID pandemic. A movi... READ MORE
Isabel Bridges
This book tells the story of Violeta ,born in Chile during the Spanish flu epidemic and living to see the COVID pandemic of 2020. It’s told in the first pe... READ MORE
Evelyn  Love-Gajardo
Another great novel
I am a huge fan of Isabel Allende and her latest epic does not disappoint. One hundred year old Violeta narrates the story of her life from her birth in 1... READ MORE
Another brilliant story from Isabel Allende
Violeta is beautifully written, you travel through the decades of Violeta's amazing life with her and the book is so well researched I had to check if it w... READ MORE
Sarah Burton
A 100 Year Long Story.
Violeta tells the story of her 100 years of life, in the form of a letter to someone who she loves very much and holds a special place in her heart , her g... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Isabel Allende has done it again - a story of such exceptional quality that I felt quite sad to finish it. Violeta is born to a well off family, but her f... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
100 Years of a life
I've finished reading this book I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. The concept of a 100 years from one woman's perspective was fascinating h... READ MORE
Zoe Pollock
Good read
I have read a few Isabel Allende books, and I have mixed feelings about this one. The writing style on this one is different from the previous ones. I did... READ MORE
A saga of a survivor from privilege, through abuse, into business, politics and emancipation
Looking back on her life, Violeta covers 90 years of a tumultuous adventure covering her birth into a privileged family followed by the death of her father... READ MORE
George  Young
Wonderful - historical fiction at its best.
I’m late to Isabel Allende, and so this is only the third book I’ve read of hers (A Long Petal of the Sea and The Soul of a Woman are the others). Violet... READ MORE
Clare R