This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Isabel Allende - This character introduces herself at the beginning as a woman at the doorstep of her fifties, the last hour of dusk, in which she reflects on her life and her past relationship with food and eroticism. However, this character's larger focus is the power of sensory experience: she states that her memories are closely associated with the senses.
Carmen Balcells - The author thanks this character for making her famous Catalan stew whenever the she visits her in Barcelona. This character is another hard-core chef, a confident ruler of her...
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