Novel: Eva Luna by Isabel Allende; 307 pp; Cost: $7.99
Eva Luna is based on the life of the protagonist of the novel, Eva Luna. The story begins with the tale of how Eva Luna was concieved by her mother trying to save the life of a snake bitten indian. It takes place in an unnamed South American country because the characters speak Spanish. Eva's mother dies when she is only 7 years old and is forced to work as a servant in different houses. One thing she inheirited from her mother was the gift of story telling. Wherever she would go everyone loved to hear her improvised stories. At the age of 17 she worked in the house of a Turkish immigrant named Riad Halabi whom she falls in love
Eva Luna is faster reading than House of the Spirits and the plot is not as extended. She is then forced to move to the city were she is reunited with her transexual friend, Mimi. At first Eva works at a military warehouse but Mimi insists that Eva make a living from her stories. As he gets older he decides he wants to become a journalist and soon enough he is known as one of the most prominant journalists in the country. The only sign of dependency is Zulema. Rolf and Eva meet and thier separate stories become one. Her and Mimi live successful lives without the help of men. Some men are mentioned and come and go but the women still move on without them and live thier lives. None of the females in this story are dependent on any man and they all seem fine without them. Along with the story of Eva Luna is the story of the European immigrant Rolf Carle. I think this book is mainly aimed towards the adult and mature teen audience. The important theme in this book is feminism. Mimi is a well known soap opera actress and Eva writes the plots for them.