Thursday, April 5, 2012
Books around the world: Chile
Inés Suárez and Pedro de Valdivia were Spanish conquistadors who struggled to build the country of Chile. Danger surrounded them at every turn, and horrible hardships.
This book gives a fascinating look at life in the 1500s in Chile and is from Inés’ perspective, including her fiery romance with and later betrayal by Valdivia; though it also presents the viewpoint of the other side, the indigenous people who fight with all their heart against the foreign invaders.
The characters are vivid, as is the plot, rich in historical detail and feeling. Such heroic bravery is colorfully drawn.
Tragic at times, victorious at others, it’s a moving novel. I learned a lot reading it and would search out this author’s other work.
Posted by Historical Writer/Editor at 9:40 PM