Book Review: Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende

November 30, 2023

About:

Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende is the second book in the Involuntary trilogy, continuing the family saga. Ms. Allende is a Chilean-American novelist, known for focusing on women’s experiences in Latin America.

  • 400 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperVia
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0063021730

Book Review: Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
My rat­ing for Portrait in Sepia — 2
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Thoughts:

I enjoyed Daughter of Fortune, the first book of the trilogy, very much. After finishing the novel, and finding out it was part of a trilogy, I went out and bought Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende only for it to languish on my “to be read” pile for about a year.

This book, however, was disappointing. I found it quite boring in the beginning, but the story got better when the narrative was moved from San Francisco to Chile. While the women in this book took center stage, unlike her previous novels though, they didn’t shine.

Even if a book is a sequel, it has to be a standalone story, and I simply didn’t feel this was the case with Portrait in Sepia. There are pages and pages of narration, and so many characters crammed in to the point where the actually story gets lost.

The many characters were dull and underdeveloped. I didn’t care about any of them except one minor character. The spark that I enjoy so much in Ms. Allende’s books was missing, and it was a struggle to finish it.

Part one of the book is a long flashback, part two takes place in San Francisco and Chile, and then the book ends with
 another flashback. The ending was emotionless, hasty without any payoff for my insistence to finish reading it.

Synopsis:

Aurora del Valla grows up in a privilege environment but is tormented by nightmares. As a child, Aurora suffered a traumatic experience which erased her memories from the first five years of her life.

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