Eva Luna is based on the life of the protagonist of the novel, Eva Luna. Thestory begins with the tale of how Eva Luna was concieved by her mother trying tosave the life of a snake bitten indian.
It takes place in an unnamed SouthAmerican country because the characters speak Spanish. Eva’s mother dies whenshe 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. Wherevershe would go everyone loved to hear her improvised stories. At the age of 17 sheworked in the house of a Turkish immigrant named Riad Halabi whom she falls inlove with but he is twice her age.Order now
She is then forced to move to the city wereshe is reunited with her transexual friend, Mimi. At first Eva works at amilitary warehouse but Mimi insists that Eva make a living from her stories. After an attempted suduction by one of the military generals, Eva decides toquit her job at the warehouse and write stories for a living. Her and Mimi livesuccessful lives without the help of men.
Mimi is a well known soap operaactress and Eva writes the plots for them. Along with the story of Eva Luna isthe story of the European immigrant Rolf Carle. He comes from a broken familyand migrates to the South American country and lives with his aunt and uncle inthe countryside. As he gets older he decides he wants to become a journalist andsoon enough he is known as one of the most prominant journalists in the country.
Rolf and Eva meet and thier separate stories become one. The important theme inthis book is feminism. None of the females in this story are dependent on anyman and they all seem fine without them. Some men are mentioned and come and gobut the women still move on without them and live thier lives.
The only sign ofdependency is Zulema. Zulema becomes dependent on a man she falls in love withbut she undergoes depression and commits suicide. This shows how week it is tobe anti-feminist and how strong and successful it is to be independent. I thinkthis book is mainly aimed towards the adult and mature teen audience. I woulddefinitely recommend this book. However, I enjoyed Allende’s House of theSpirits more than this novel.
Eva Luna is faster reading than House of theSpirits and the plot is not as extended.