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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende, read by Gisela Chipe.

The wise, warm, defiant new book from literary legend Isabel Allende - a meditation on power, feminism and what it means to be a woman.

An Independent, Guardian and Grazia Highlight for 2021

When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating.

As a child, Isabel Allende watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children. As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the first wave of feminism. She has seen what has been accomplished by the movement in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three 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 do women want? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over their bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will ‘light the torch 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'.

©2021 Isabel Allende (P)2021 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Allende has everything it takes: the ear, the eye, the mind, the heart, the all-encompassing humanity." (New York Times)

"Isabel Allende is a grand storyteller who writes with surpassing compassion and insight. Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago. She will be celebrated, by readers and writers alike, for generations to come." (Khaled Hosseini) 

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Crisp to the point - Audible book

Loved it. The Audible book was finished it in a day. No fancy narrations.. Its just crisp and contentful.

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  • Aedamair
  • 29-04-21

Note a atory but a memoir and well worth a listen

Note a atory but a memoirs
What I love about Allende here as in several of jer other works is the sense that she is speaking directly to me.. It is like sitting across a table and listening to her chat about life the universe amd other things.
She is delightful wheatear writting fiction or a factual book...
Thia would make a good read or evwn listen fir men... Especially young men.. We can but livw in hope.
Thank you Isabella Allende for this honset work.

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  • 15-09-21

The spirit of a woman

This feels valedictory from a brilliant female author. I listened and read so good through it quite quickly. It’s a good one for a long run. As an older feminist I was interested to read Allende’s even older journey and how her feminism evolved. There is also
Chilean history and insights about her family life and relationships. Ironically it ends at the beginning of the Covid pandemic which I found sad as nearly two years later we are facing lockdown once again.

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  • Jon
  • 23-01-22

Don't bother

The book feels like a random collection of unrelated stories, that don't always link. Given the estem of the author and her previous plautids, it was really disappointing. The books feels thrown together.

The narration is appalling and irritating, the voice doesn't feel linked to the author or her memories. If it wasn't so short I would have sent it back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-21

Beautiful memoir with call you action

I loved learning more about Isabel Allende, one of my favourite authors. Her challenge/call to action for women & all feminists is compelling. In a way it’s like she’s “passing the torch” with this book.

It was surprisingly short. I bought it ages ago and have been slow to start it but didn’t “put it down” until I’d finished the whole thing.

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