The Soul of a Woman

Ballantine. Mar. 2021. 160p. ISBN 9780593355626. $22. MEMOIR
Having written about her turbulent life in three previous memoirs (Paula, My InventedCountry, and The Sum of Our Days), Chilean-born author Allende takes a more concise approach in her newest nonfiction work. While still touching on various high and low points of her life (her youthful clashes against patriarchal mindsets; her literary career; her friendships, marriages, and children), she skims past personal history in favor of giving greater space to her wider reflections on feminism, aging, marriage and sex, and zeal for work and life. Allende also considers the influence of her grandfather, who insisted she stay quiet and tend to her family. Though her discussion of current issues occasionally missteps, such as her efforts to define gender neutrality, Allende’s fervor for the importance of equality and opportunity for women makes for an overall energizing read.
VERDICT Those looking for in-depth stories of Allende’s earlier life will need to turn to her earlier works, but this passionate memoir presents a vibrant portrait of the current-day author and her thoughts on the future of women, and will be highly appreciated by fans of her works.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing