Publication[ edit ] Gallegos took his first trip into the Llanos of Apure , central Venezuela at Easter , in order to gather material for the book he was writing,  staying on a ranch near San Fernando de Apure. Gallegos later made further changes, until the author was finally satisfied with his work in His rule saw wealth from oil discovered in the early twentieth century, and he used it to develop modern infrastructure and end the era of caudillismo , fully and completely uniting the country for the first time. However his rule was also brutal and corrupt. Santos Luzardo meets his cousin Lorenzo Barquero and discovers that he was a victim of the femme fatale, who left him bankrupt and a daughter, Marisela, whom she abandoned and who became quickly a vagrant.
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Story[ edit ] Set in the plains of Venezuela and Colombia , this melodrama features a courageous, beautiful, and strong-willed woman who must rise above heartbreak, betrayal, and tragedy. Her troubled past haunts her, as she confronts her own deep-seated vulnerabilities in the face of an impossible love. She falls passionately for a dashing man and must face her memories head-on. She must fight to keep her secrets from destroying her chance of happiness, fulfillment, and true love.
This is the story that started it all. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. Her mother was an Indian woman who died while giving birth to her. Some of the men who worked for her father steal their boat and kill her father. The bandits then rape her and shoot her boyfriend.
This causes her to hate men, but at the same time sleep with them to get what she wants. She becomes involved with Lorenzo Barquero, the owner of a cattle ranch, with whom she becomes pregnant and has a daughter named Marisela.
Santos is the only remaining son of the Luzardo family, who had a feud with the Barqueros. He returns to his hacienda, Altamira, planning to sell it. Undeterred, Santos sets out to save his cousin Lorenzo and to educate young Marisela. After Barbara sees one of her old rapists and kills him she decides that in order to gain back the peace and happiness that was stolen from her that horrible night she must find and kill all 5 of her rapists. When she meets Santos she instantly falls in love with him seeing as he reminds her of her first love Asdrubal.
In him, she thinks she can find happiness and that he can help her change and become a different person. Santos is very attracted to Barbara and genuinely cares for her and wants to help save her from herself, they go through a long, drama-filled romance in which he is never sure he should be with her because of all the horrible things he hears of her and it is only until she is raped a second time and almost killed by "Chepo", one of the same men that raped her as a girl, that he admits he is in love with her.
Santos and Barbara were living happily at her ranch for some period. When Barbara loses el Miedo she is not willing to give it up and comes to an arrangement with Marisela to buy it.
While Marisela and Santos are happy living their romance Barbara finds out that she is two months pregnant. When Santos hears the news he is furious and decides not to believe Barbara and accuses her of having cheated on him but Marisela knows that Barbara would have never done such a thing and believes her and decides to break off their relationship.
Santos slowly comes to realize his mistake and accept the baby is his. As the hacienda burns Barbara is able to get Eustaquia, her nanny mother figure to the basement for safety seeing as there is no other way out. She then confronts Sapo and his men and starts firing at them from inside the house.
The day after Barbara starts suffering from abdomen pains and with the help of Juan Primito goes to la Chusmita, place where she abandoned Marisela when she was two, to meet up with Melquiades. There she loses her baby and goes crazy. She forgets everything that happened to her and that she lost her baby. Melquiades decides to take her back to el Miedo which is fully restored. During that whole time, Barbara and Marisela managed to become a little close.
Marisela has decided to stay with Gonzalo in order to spy on him after finding out that he and "El Sapo" are allies in drug trafficking. Barbara decides to end her war with Sapo once and for all and in order to do so, she needs everyone she cares about to be away from her. When Sapo finds out where Eustaquia is staying he decides to pay her a visit and, to get back at Barbara, cuts her veins, when Barbara finds her she is lying on the floor unconscious.
Eustaquia dies in her arms but before she tells Barbara that once everything is done she will see everything differently and that at that moment she should go back to the river. After Eustaquias funeral Barbara realises that "Sapo" is watching her and the battle between them starts inside an abandoned church next to the cemetery.
While her fight with "Sapo" continues Santos arrives making Barbara lose concentration and allowing "Sapo" to capture her. Once Barbara finishes tying "Sapo" up Santos tries to talk her out of it but she refutes that she owes it to Eustaquia, to Melquiades, to Asdrubal, and to herself, but above it all, she owes it to the son she lost because of him.
She tells him that he always called her a monster and that now he would really get to see her in action. She then muffles him and continues to wake up "Sapo", she ignores his pleas. She ends everything by setting him on fire. When everything is done she leaves and realizes that even though her vengeance is complete she is not in any more peace as she was before and questions if everything she did was done in vain.
The detective who was sent to capture Sapo is now after Barbara but she is able to escape with the help of everyone, Marisela, Santos, etc. After finally hearing Santos be completely honest with his feeling to her she leaves. Cabos Blancos returns to Altamira and Marisela sees him and worries that something happened to Barbara and goes to look for her. She finds her sinking in the marsh, she ties a rope around herself and goes in to get Barbara out, as Marisela starts sinking Barbara grabs her and pulls herself and Marisela out.
Barbara and Marisela have a long talk and forgive each other for everything. She says she wants to preserve this feeling she has and that she has never felt, she finally feels like a mother before a woman. That night Barbara runs into a missionary who gives her a place to stay because it is raining, the lady realizes that Barbara has a fever and when she asks her name Barbara responds that she can call her Dona and never reveals her real name.
Barbara now with long gray hair has been constantly visiting the missionary woman throughout the ten years giving her medicine for the children that live with her and buying the kids candy and toys all the while she claims to not like children, the missionary tells her she "hides" it well.
Later Barbara is lying in the hammock. She is very sick and is dying. That night we see Barbara next to the river, young again and in her all-black outfit with Eustaquia and Melquiades behind her who have come to take her far away. She tells them that they are dead and asks if that means that she is dreaming or if it means that she is also dead, Mealquiades responds that only humans die and that legends like herself never die and live in the hearts of everyone.
She goes with them in the bongo and as Eustaquia asks with who they go Barbara responds "con dios y con la virgen" with God and the Virgin Mary. Cast and characters[ edit ].
Doña Bárbara – Rómulo Gallegos (Resumen completo, análisis y reseña)