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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New Ed edition (March 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006546846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006546849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The characters both convince and fascinate. The sense of place is stunning. Lyrical and passionate, Allende describes with equal vividness women preparing a feast in a slum back yard, a small town breathless in the heat of summer, or a battalion slaughtered by night on a mountainside. Allende's writing is supremely elegant.' Independent on Sunday 'Devotees of Allende's The House of the Spirits will rejoice to find again in her new novel the magical storyteller's touch that transforms life into a compelling emotional adventure, leaving one breathless. A hopeful, warm-hearted, absorbing novel.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Isabel Allende was born in 1942, and is the niece of Salvador Allende, who went on to become famous as the elected President of Chile deposed in a CIA-backed coup. She worked as a journalist, playwright and children's writer in Chile until 1974 and then in Venezuela until 1984. Her first novel for adults, 'The House of the Spirits', was published in Spanish in 1982, beginning life as a letter to her dying grandfather. It was an international sensation, and ever since all her books have been acclaimed and adored in numberless translations worldwide.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caraculiambro on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am lukewarm to Allende. Personally I enjoyed this book and was never bored or frustrated, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for others.

You know what it's like reading Isabel Allende? I'll tell you:

Suppose somebody ordered you to write a novel and lay it in some historical setting: imperial Russia, the antebellum South, northern England in the 1800's -- whatever.

And suppose there was an additional condition: that you can't do any research about that time or place. That you can't, while you're writing, read anything about your setting that would help to make your novel more convincing and lifelike.

Well, you'd still be able to write the book. But it wouldn't be very convincing, because you'd be reduced to rehashing stereotypes and common ideas of the time and period that you've heard. Kinda like me writing about imperial Russia and talking about the freezing cold, the poor people on the streets, the vast sky of Mother Russia, etc. It's all true, in a way; yet it's all fake: I haven't actually been there and it will show through.

Now granted, you might be able to craft a decent novel, especially if have, as does Allende, solid insights about the human heart and a sense of the wonderful pageant that is life. But you're book's never gonna be a classic because it's basically a passable story grafted onto phoniness.

And lo that is what is happening with this book.

This book has several settings: roaming around the American west during the Great Depression, a Hispanic barrio near L.A. in the fifties, and the radical campus of U.C. Berkeley in the 60's.

The problem was, Allende was never in any of these places -- and it shows. Her characterization is passable. Her plot -- what there is of it -- will do.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wjb VINE VOICE on December 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this masterpiece over 10 years ago and it remains one of the best novels that I have ever read. I have been a fan of the author ever since. If you need something to read over a long weekend, or during the Christmas holiday, pick up a copy.
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More About the Author

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of eight novels, including, most recently, Zorro, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, including My Invented Country and Paula; and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.

My thoughts on Kindle en Español:

"El impacto de los libros electrónicos es formidable y está remeciendo a la industria del libro tanto como a los lectores. Aunque todavía la idea es relativamente nueva en español, ya se ha extendido en otras lenguas tan dramáticamente, que muchos autores nuevos publican en versión digital, saltándose a las editoriales. Confieso que soy adicta a mis Kindle y mi IPad, donde leo con letra grande y clara, en una pantalla liviana. Antes viajaba con una maleta de libros, ahora llevo mi biblioteca en la cartera y puedo adquirir nuevos libros en cualquier parte del mundo en pocos segundos. Dicen que los jóvenes le tienen miedo al papel y no tienen el hábito de leer - lo cual no es totalmente cierto - pero ahora pueden leer en sus pantallas. También dicen que la ficción desaparecerá, pero eso jamás ocurrirá, porque la humanidad necesita historias tanto como necesita oxígeno. Tal vez en el futuro el libro, ese compañero maravilloso, será un objeto de coleccionistas y de bibliotecas y nosotros, simples mortales, leeremos en pantallas. Pero seguiremos leyendo, de eso no tengo dudas." Isabel Allende

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