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eBook The House Of The Spirits ePub

by Isabel Allende

  • ISBN: 0552991988
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Isabel Allende
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (1986)
  • Pages: 491
  • ePub book: 1904 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1354 kb
  • Other: lrf azw lit mbr
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 208

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Isabel Allende’s extraordinary first novel, The House of the Spirits, mixes fiction, journalism, and a sense of magic in an epic . The richness and texture alone of Allende’s book put it with the best of the sweeping family chronicles.

Isabel Allende’s extraordinary first novel, The House of the Spirits, mixes fiction, journalism, and a sense of magic in an epic that qualifies her as one of Latin America’s most inspired writers. Maggie Locke, San Diego Tribune. To my mother, my grandmother, and all the other extraordinary women of this story.

House of the Spirits started my love affair with Isabel Allende's writing twenty years ago. I remember how the first line . I remember how the first line "Barrabas came to us from the sea" left me captivated and eager to read on. In college, I was fortunate that La Casa de los Espiritus was required reading for one of my classes, so I read the prose a second time in Spanish. Post script: I just re-read House of the Spirits for the fourth time as part of a group read for catching up with classics in September 2016.

Isabel Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between past and present, family and nation, city .

Isabel Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between past and present, family and nation, city and country, spiritual and political values. She has done so with enormous imagination, sensitivity, and compassion. San Francisco Chronicle. The only cause The House of the Spirits embraces is that of humanity, and it does so with such passion, humor, and wisdom that in the end it transcends politic. he result is a novel of force and charm, spaciousness and vigor. - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post. Allende is a talented writer who deftly uses the techniques of magical realism but also shows great sensitivity in the delineation of character.

Allende drew on her experience growing up in Chile for The House of the Spirits, which centers on. .

Allende drew on her experience growing up in Chile for The House of the Spirits, which centers on a clairvoyant woman living in an unnamed country that closely resembles the author's homeland. The National Book Foundation will award the 2018 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Isabel Allende "for her expansive body of work-made up of nearly two dozen works of fiction, memoir and essay-and her role as a critical figure of Latin-American literature, as well as a wildly successful writer of titles in translation in.

The House of the Spirits (Spanish: La casa de los espíritus, 1982) is the debut novel of Isabel Allende. It became an instant best seller, was critically acclaimed, and catapulted Allende to literary stardom. The novel was named Best Novel of the Year in Chile in 1982, and Allende received the country's Panorama Literario award.

Isabel Allende constructs a spirit-ridden world and fills it with colorful and all-too-human inhabitants including .

Isabel Allende constructs a spirit-ridden world and fills it with colorful and all-too-human inhabitants including Esteban, the patriarch, a volatile and proud man whose lust for land is legendary and who is haunted by tyrannical passion for the wife he can never completely posses; Clara, the matriarch, elusive and mysterious, who foretells family tragedy and shapes the fortunes of th. Against a backdrop of revolution and counterrevolution, Allende brings to life a family whose private bonds of love and hatred are more complex and enduring than the political allegiances that set them at odds.

The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world.

Chilean writer Isabel Allende has long been noted for her distinctive blend of magical realism and political and . It is fairly well-recognised by now that The House of the Spirits (Spanish: La Casa de los Espíritus) is Allende’s masterwork.

Chilean writer Isabel Allende has long been noted for her distinctive blend of magical realism and political and social insight. Here, we select five of her best works. A winding, often mystical narrative with clear inspirations in Márquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude, the book uses the instance of one upper-class Latin American family to explore the fissures of gender, class and political allegiance which tore much of the continent apart during the 20th century.

Comments

Whilingudw Whilingudw
The House of the Spirits was a wonderful read. Allende's description of the viewpoint of the old Chilean aristocracy via Estanban Trueba was fascinating and insightful. Her plot line was complex; it didn't necessarily go where I expected, yet it always made sense. Her depiction of the devastating reaction of the aristocrats to the election of her uncle (lightly disguised) was remarkable and terribly sad - their willingness to destroy the economy and let people across the country suffer rather than lose their grip on power. With the election and then the military takeover, history had a tendency to take over from the novel's story line, but her characters stayed believable and followed their paths in the characters she had given them. Allende doesn't necessarily believe in giving everyone a happy ending, but her ending was appropriate and satisfying for me. I enjoyed the story tremendously, and continue to think about it every now and then.
blodrayne blodrayne
I think Isabel Allende is one of the greatest writers of the past half century, and this well-known book is an excellent example of that assessment. In a style that draws on the Latin American "magical realism" school, Allende tells the story of the Trueba family as metaphor for the history of Chile through the 20th century, up to the time of the American-backed Pinochet coup against the elected government of Salvador Allende (a cousin of Isabel Allende) in 1973. She creates a family of compelling, sometimes quirky, sometimes tragic figures who each represent a thread of Chilean society as it evolved from a frontier setting into one of the more advanced nations of Latin America. The conflicts among family members mirror those of the different segments of the Chilean population, with the linked themes of development and destruction creating constant tension over a period of 70 years.

Despite what I have written above, this is not some polemic on economics and sociology. It is a beautifully written, well-translated, character-driven novel that will hold your attention right to the end. As with other books by Allende that I have read, she is a master of the sweeping narrative that makes you see the larger picture through the eyes of specific characters. Her ability to describe people and places is unmatched - an enchanting and colorful style without being overwrought.

"The House of the Spirits" was Allende's first major work, but it already showed her ability to spin a yarn that will keep reader engaged right up to the end.
Dagdalas Dagdalas
Wow! A timely read. I first read this when it came out, and again in the 90s when the movie came out and have always loved Allende's magical storytelling. But this time, it really blew me away. Talk about timely and prophetic. The turmoil that sweeps through the unnamed South American country (Chile) as liberal and conservative ideology clash is eerily familiar. I'm pretty sure I've heard a few of today's politicians spout some of the same inane nonsense that Esteban Trueba and his cronies do in the book. Everyone who thinks "It can never happen in our country" should read this as a cautionary tale for our times. It can never happen here. Until it does.
anonymous anonymous
I didn't realize until just now. reading the Wikipedia post, that this was the 1982 debut novel that launched her career. I had previously read the Island Beneath the Sea. I thought Island Beneath the Sea was fantastic, but I was at first a bit underwhelmed by House of Spirits. Both are historical novels, but House of Spirits seemed more like a family soap opera, until I realized where she was going with this book. Allende's father was a first cousin of Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973. So the former head of state is her first cousin once removed. As a result, Allende was forced to flee when Pinochet overthrew the elected socialist government. This book evolved from a letter she wrote to her Grandfather, when he was dying at age 99. Because the book culminates with the military takeover, I found the last third of the book much more compelling, and would in the end give it a thumbs up for a very unique and clever perspective on 20th century Chilean cultural and political history.