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"From saying goodbye so often my roots have dried up," she notes. She successfully reclaims them, however, through two channels. Allende relays anecdotes about what she calls her untraditional family--whom she has based some of her novels upon, including The House of the Spirits. Like a few of her novels, though, her own story is lost in heavy policy analysis. Interspersed among her ancestors' tales is an all-too-exhaustive report of Chile: the terrain, its people, customs, language, its heroes and villains, and the government.
Allende fled Chile after the military coup on September 11, 1973. Twenty-eight years later, and now living in the United States, this date haunts her when terrorists attack New York City and Washington, D.C. Allende admits that the place she is homesick for may have never existed. In spite of that, Allende asserts that she can live and write anywhere: "I dont belong to one land, but to several, or perhaps only to the ambit of the fiction I write." The irony is that she steadfastly has "one foot in Chile and another here." --C.J. Carrillo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautifully executed, this memoir clarifies the assumptions I made after reading House of the Spirits. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JH
This writer takes you along on her travels and and opens your eyes to see others like yourself or who you think u are.Published 3 months ago by Jane Bailey
I almost gave this book 4 stars because the beginning was more like a travelogue and very repetitive of "Inez of my Soul, but when I got to her descriptions of the people of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by xxmolly
I'd be the first to admit that I know very little about South American history.
Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully-written ode by the novelist Isabel Allende... Read more
A friend originally from Chile said this was the best Allende book to read before my first trip there; he certainly was right! A terrific book.Published 15 months ago by David Stock
I lived a whole year in Chile but I learned more about it's amazing and interesting culture from this book. Having read this book is almost like having been in Chile! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sandra K. Coll
One of the reasons I like Allende's work is learning more about South America and its culture. Allende is a wonderful writer; I've liked everything I've read of hers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Margot
Very subtle description of the political turmoil that Chile suffered, very good description of the events with a great narrative. Easy to read book and very enjoyable.Published 20 months ago by Alice