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The House of the Spirits

Allende, Isabel (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The House of the Spirits


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A magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave, and one you will not forget.
Authors: Allende, Isabel
Title: The house of the spirits
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press,, 2005, c1985
Edition: Dial Press trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 433 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Magda Bogin
Notes: Translation of: La casa de los espíritus
Summary: A magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave, and one you will not forget.
ISBN: 0553383809
9780553383805
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALLENDE 2005
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  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've been reading Julia Alvarez's "In the Time of the Butterflies," set in the Dominican Republic, with my high school students and it's piqued my interest in other Latin American authors. "The House of the Spirits" is one of the most popular books to come out of South America (they made a film of it with mostly Anglo actors). I find it a little myopic that the default author to compare other South American authors to is Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Yes, he's a major writer, but it's not like every American author deserves to be compared to Hemingway, for example. While there are elements of magical realism, Allende's mix of family saga, political drama and colorful incidents has more in common with Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" than anything by Marquez. Allende's second cousin, of course, was Salvador Allende, who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup and replaced by the dictator General Pinochet. This history is the backdrop for the novel, which deserves to be read both for its illuminating look at this shameful period and for its vivid writing and characters.

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