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La casa de los espíritus ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☁ La casa de los espíritus Author Isabel Allende – Liversite.co.uk In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family revealing both triumphs and t In one of the most important and de los PDF/EPUB å beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family revealing both triumphs and tragedies Here is patriarch Esteban whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife Clara a woman touched La casa Epub / by an otherworldly hand Their daughter Blanca whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father yet will produce his greatest joy his granddaughter Alba a beautiful ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary futureThe House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives casa de los PDF ☆ twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love magic and fate.


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  1. Brina Brina says:

    House of the Spirits started my love affair with Isabel Allende's writing twenty years ago 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 reuired reading for one of my classes so I read the prose a second time in Spanish Allende's writing is exceptional in both languages Recently I completed Allende's memoir The Sum of Our Days She reveals that Clara represents her own grandmother she also had the gift of being clairvoyant and communicating with all the spirits that entered her home by way of a three legged table and tarot cards Handed down this gift Allende admits that she has had a number of meaningful dreams over the years that have influenced both her writing and family lifeLa Casa de Los Espiritus is a sweeping epic that spans three generations of Chilean women Clara Blanca and Alba Del Valle Trueba from post World War I up until the Pinochet coup which overthrew the Allende government Isabel's uncle in 1973 The opus detailed their family saga in both good times and bad reflecting on how the same mistakes repeated themselves through the generations This is most evident as Allende uses the same name over again for all four women in the family Nivea Clara Blanca Alba Each woman attempted to be as independent as her era allowed yet falling for the society s expected of an upper crust Chilean family As the years pass however adhering to the higher class norms becomes harder as both family and society crumble around the Del ValleTrueba clan Allende may be known for her feminist leanings but she creates a strong memorable male lead in Esteban Trueba Reaching the ripe old age of ninety and telling this story alongside his grand daughter Alba Senator Trueba sees Chile rise fall and rise again The country's hardships and successes mirror those of his own family as the Senator remains staunchly conservative even as the younger generations of his family opt for liberal values Trueba in his role as patriarch sees how the world has changed and holds his family together as Chile crashes around them Isabel fled Chile with her family and her writing has undergone changes since depending on where she is on her life journey This saga remains my measuring stick against which all of her other books are rated As long as she maintains her high level of Latina magical realism I have no difficulties rating all of her books at least 45 stars Knowing that Daughter of Fortune and Portrait of Sepia make up a trilogy leading up to Los Espiritus whenever I reread these books every few years or so they will have to be read in succession creating an epic family saga spanning nearly 200 years House of the Spirits through its highs and lows will always keep its place as one of my favorite books read Post scriptI 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 What I can take away from this reread of Allende's contemporary classic is that her writing is as captivating as ever even twenty years later Having read her memoirs and current novel by returning to her House of the Spirits it is hard to tell if Alba Trueba is speaking or Allende herself as this book appears to be a fictionalized autobiography of her family Culling through the 90 years of Esteban Trueba's life Chile has seen her share of hardships Yet by writing down memories as both Clara and Alba do one is able to break the chain of torment so that history is no longer doomed to repeat itself As I have the other times I have read this masterpiece I rate House of the Spirits 5 shining stars for Allende's outstanding prose and magical realism


  2. Claudia Claudia says:

    Gabriel Garcia Maruez comparisons aside it's hard to review this book without references to the magical realism and the narrative styles of Latin America I truly believe that anyone not familiar with the above mentioned would likely be a bit thrown even put off by these influences Still this is a brilliantly written story epic in its truest sense Covering four generations of women with a man as the common thread between them it races through the simplicity of the old world into the complexity of an increasingly global existance and the insistance that this country enter into the morphing global economy and political stage The true classics know how to do one particular thing very well They are able to capture the reader with the emotive ties to the characters in a microcosm while placing them in a grander milestone setting historically Many stories have attempted this balance and fall short in one aspect or another Either the personal attachment is emphasized at the expense of the historical detail or the historical events are diluted to platform the characters In this case both are developed successfully because we are introduced and weaned on to the family first and then become involved in their plight as gradually as they do Political upheaval grew into their lives the way it grew into the narration It's also important to mention that by definition this won't be a political struggle that most of the captalist population will be familiar with Some background knowledge of the history of Chile does come in handy especially when references are thrown in enigmatically The Poet is mentioned sporadically at first then his existance becomes poignant for a moment The reference to Neruda his real life exile his political position all of these are only subtly mentioned throughout the plot and he is never referred to by name So it's interesting that Allende refers to censorship by censoring herself Clearly a conscious decision on her part to seperate this historical novel from being a direct documentation of the history of Chile The same holds true for the events leading up to and after the military coup and the Pinochet situation This story shows us what it might have looked like behind the scenes What the papers were not reporting What the news programing was cleaning up on orders of the heads of state This is what this story is about In Latin America these kinds of events are innumerable They are part of the history but they can not be told for the very censorship that this story speaks of So they are told in novels and are thinly veiled as magical and exaggerated so as to hide behind such protection But they are real and to this day there is a weekly procession in one of the plazas in Santiago Chile of people who lost family members to the military government 40 years later there are still hundreds who have not been accounted for With this story Allende hooks us reels us in and binds us to these characters They are funny ecentric tempermental ideal strong weak and so much Their dimensionality begs us to invest in them emotionally so that when their lives become shaken by their setting we are as invested in how they will deal with the challenge


  3. Kevin Ansbro Kevin Ansbro says:

    If this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great grandchildren it will be women who make it so —Isabel AllendePhewee The House of the Spirits is a tumultuous epic which chronicles four generations of two extraordinary familiesThe eponymous house is large it boasts three courtyards and a Chiléan version of the Addams FamilyImagine too if you will Barrabás the somewhat unnatural domesticated doghorse who was ill advisedly fed olive oil until he covered the house from top to bottom with diarrhoea BlurrghFollowing in the giant footsteps of Gabriel García Máruez Allende lets rip with her own brand of el realismo mágicoStrong female roles abound in this captivating story from Rosa who has the maritime grace of a mermaid to Clara the soothsayer whose apocalyptic visions include exploding horses and cows that are hurled into the sea and Tránsito Soto the entrepreneurial prostitute who symbolises success in the face of adversityA mainstay of magical realism is that characters are expected to be beautifully realised and Allende doesn't disappoint Not for one bit Her lead goes to reluctant altruist Esteban Trueba whose expectations of grandeur befit his pedigree but not his habitudeTrueba wishing to mine for gold takes control of a lawless chunk of godforsaken land Despite improving the social conditions of the peasants under his patronage he becomes the most hated and feared scumbag in the entire regionWhen done with kicking hens throwing tantrums and raping village girls he expects his subordinates to show him some gratitude Seriously what a complete arseDichotomies abound good and evil triumph and tragedy and the unjustified pomposity of Trueba sets him up for a hubristic turn of eventsI LOVED this novel I am a latecomer to Allende and with this one story she has propelled herself onto my top tier of writersThat said the magical start to the story gradually capitulates to a realismo style and does become something of a slog at times Despite this the craftsmanship of her writing never diminishes The sex is fleshy and sweaty and the book is simply awash with anarchists prostitutes and tables that move just by the power of thought¡Ay caramba There's even a bazooka wielding president As if that could ever happen stifles a snigger The House of the Spirits is stormy dramatic and beautifully written I even missed it when I was away from itA self indulgent afterthoughtSo skilful was Allende's writing that she turns Trueba's Latino machismo on its head Most surprisingly you might even end up feeling sorry for the misogynistic bastardThose of you old enough to remember the excellent cop drama NYPD Blue might have experienced the same volte face in respect of Detective Andy Sipowicz the corrupt racist homophobic alcoholic sleazeball who slowly begins to uestion the values he was raised with and thereafter begins to win our hearts and minds In my view an unbelievably gifted piece of TV character writing that is rarely bettered


  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    When I was a kid me and my brother used to spend most weekends at our grandparents house And most of those weekends we would watch one of the same two movies on the good ol' VCR Steel Magnolias and The House of the Spirits No one seems to know the latter movie when I mention it but it starred a bunch of impressive names Meryl Streep Jeremy Irons Glenn Close Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder My memory might be painting a better picture than the truth but me and my brother LOVED the movieSo it really kinda amazes me that it took so long for me to get my hands on the book and finally read it It's everything I can't help but love A rich family saga filled with drama hardship love violence and a touch of magical realism The characters that once fascinated me in the movie have reemerged in a far complex and fleshed out depiction It is such an interesting story spanning multiple generations and looking at the intricate relationships between the characters whilst the background features the post colonial political struggles of ChileI love the beautiful and wild South American setting I love the subtly woven aspects of magical realism I love and sometimes hate the characters I am fascinated by even the politics of the novel and the huge disparities between the women who campaigned for gender euality and those who believed a husband ruled over his wife This book has everything family politics love magic I always enjoy it when a novel can bring in many different elements that we love and get the balance rightMy favourite character has always been Ferula played by Glenn Close in the movie I find her the most tragic character and the one most buried beneath layers of complexity even though she isn't ever really the novel's main focus She was one of those people who are born for the greatness of a single love for exaggerated hatred for apocalyptic vengeance and for the most sublime forms of heroism but she was unable to shape her fate to the dimensions of her amorous vocation so it was lived out as something flat and grey that was trapped between her mother's sickroom walls wretched tenements and the tortured confessions with which this large opulent hot blooded woman made for maternity abundance action and ardor was consuming herself Ferula is my favourite but she is one in a sea of very different and interesting individuals There is of course Esteban Trueba He is violent selfish and earns very little sympathy from me over the course of the novel; that's not to say he isn't of interest because he certainly is And there's his wife Clara a woman prone to bouts of clairvoyance that have dictated the direction of her life; a direction she has accepted without complaint Then there's Blanca Esteban and Clara's daughter who falls in love with Pedro Tercero against her father's wishes and constantly defies him by pursuing the relationshipDespite the pretty cover this book isn't without its graphic descriptions of violence and some rape scenes It isn't a nice book but I suppose many of the best books aren't nice It is however a wonderful portrait of a family spread over several generations and it is as moving and beautiful as I'd hoped Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


  5. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    455Esteban Truebahow does your childhood grow?With fear and guilt and such hard workand a love that leaves you lowIn thoughts of grief and thoughts of rageand a slump of of broken landyou will rape your heart out Estebanset life to your demandClara Clara clairvoyanthow does your marriage keep?With magic silent and so nearto where your children sleepWhen tragedy has struck your homeand the bull is in the shopreality will find you thereyour disengagement stopHumans humans high and lowwhat does your life move toward?To riches spun in paradiseAnd poor ones marching forwardWhen man must strain for food and workand women for their lifethe wealth grows lazy in its keepand tensions run in strifePolitics politicswhat are your true names?The search for living fair and truethe beasts of power gamesWhen fear drives sides to actionand both believe in mightlands will burn in suffering;no one escapes the lightEsteban Truebayou've lived a life of prideplanted seeds of cruel revengeand harvested in strideYou are old now Estebanwhat has your life earned?A ghost a house a granddaughter;all are scorched and burnedEsteban Truebahow does your country grow?With driving out the communistsor dictators and woe?When tragedy has snuffed your prideand your path is lost in fearyou'll find your guidance Esteban;redemption gathers hereReader reader reading herewhat is this story read?A tale of individualsSmall strainings birthed for dead?It is one and it is allgrowing everfamily framed society;history at its coreReader reader what is lifehow does one tell it true?With torture fear and oftentimesdeath of all you knewAnd yet life keeps and yet life goesand strength is found in youmen of hope women stronglove and laughter too


  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    276 La Casa De Los Espíritus The House of The Spirits Isabel AllendeThe House of the Spirits is the debut novel of Isabel Allende The novel was rejected by several Spanish language publishers before being published in Buenos Aires in 1982 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 The House of the Spirits has been translated into over 37 languages The story details the life of the Trueba family spanning four generations and tracing the post colonial social and political upheavals of Chile – though the country's name and the names of figures closely paralleling historical ones such as the President or the Poet are never explicitly given The story is told mainly from the perspective of two protagonists Esteban and Alba and incorporates elements of magical realismعنوانها خانه ارواح؛ خانه اشباح؛ نویسنده ایزابل آلنده؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش بیست و چهارم ماه آگوست سال 2009 میلادیعنوان خانه ارواح؛ نویسنده ایزابل آلنده؛ مترجم حشمت کامرانی؛ تهران، نشر قطره، 1368، در 656 ص؛ شابک 9643410218؛ چاپ دوم 1377؛ چاپ سوم 1379؛ چاپ ششم 1385؛ شابک 9789643410216؛ چاپ هفتم 1395، در 580 ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان اسپانیایی آمریکای لاتین سده 20 م؛ عنوان خانه اشباح؛ نویسنده ایزابل آلنده؛ مترجم عبدالرحمن صدریه؛ تهران، نشر فردوس، 1377؛ در 515 ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، دادار، شابک ایکس 964729414؛ایزابل آلنده، برادرزاده‌ ی «سالوادور آلنده‌»، رئیس‌جمهور فقید «شیلی»، در سال 1942 میلادی زاده شدند پس از کودتای نظامی در «شیلی»، ایشان کشور را ترک گفت، و پس از یک سلسله مبارزات مردم، علیه دیکتاتوری «پینوشه» و برکناری او، همراه بسیاری دیگر از مبارزان و هنرمندان به «شیلی» بازگشتند خانه ی ارواح مهم‌ترین و معروف‌ترین رمان ایشانست، که یکی از آثار مهم ادبیات آمریکای لاتین به شمار می‌رود، و تاکنون به زبان‌های بسیاری ترجمه شده است نقل از متن خانه ارواح نانا همچنان برجای ایستاده بود، و دست های چلیپا شده اش، شالش را بر سینه نگه داشته بود، سورو به نیمکت اشاره کرد، و نانا شرمگنانه جلو آمد، و کنارش نشست از زمانیکه نانا در خانه ی سورو زیسته بود، این اولین بار بود که اینهمه به اربابش نزدیک میشد سورو برای خود و او، دو لیوان باده ریخت، و جام خویش را لاجرعه سر کشید سر را میان دو دست گرفت، موهایش را چنگ میزد و با دندانهای به هم فشرده، دعایی غریب را زمزمه میکرد نانا که شق ورق بر لبه نیمکت نشسته بود، وقتی گریه ی وی را دید، راحت نشست، و دست زمخت و پر ترکش را دراز کرد، و با همان لطفی که بچه های وی را، در طول بیست سال گذشته، تر و خشک کرده بود، با یک حرکت خود به خودی موهای سورو را مرتب کرد سورو سر برداشت، و وقتی به این چهره جوان نما و استخوانهای گونه سرخ پوستی، و گیسوی گره شده، و دامان پهناورش نگریست، که همه ی زاد و رودش روی آن آروغ زده، جنبیده و به خواب رفته اند، احساس کرد این زن که به اندازه خود زمین، گرم و بخشایشگر است می تواند او را تسلی دهد پیشانیش را بر دامن او نهاد، و بوی خوش پیش بند آهاردارش را بویید، و چون پسرکی به هق هق افتاد، و همه ی اشکهایی را که درمقام یک مرد، در طول زندگیش نگه داشته بود، سرازیر کرد نانا پشت وی را خاراند، و آرام تپ تپ به پشتش زد، و با زبانی که بچه های کوچک را میخواباند، با او حرف زد، و ترانه ای روستایی برایش خواند، تا آرام شد همچنان در کنار هم نشسته بودند و باده مینوشیدند و گهگاه که روزهای خوشی را به یاد میآوردند میگریستند، روزهای خوشی که «رزا» درون باغ میدوید و پروانه ها را از زیباییش، که تنها از ژرفای دریا میتوانست مایه گرفته باشد، میترساند دکتر کوئواس و دستیارش در آشپزخانه آلات و ادوات خوفناک و کوزه های بدبو را آماده کردند، پیش بندهای لاستیکی پوشیدند، و آستینهایشان را بالا زدند، و پنهانیترین قسمتهای بدن «رزا» را زیرورو کردند، تا آنکه بدون کمترین تردیدی ثابت کردند، که دختر مقدار زیادی مرگ موش خورده است، دکتر ضمن شستن دستهایش در ظرفشویی چنین نتیجه گیری کرد ـ «قرار بوده زهر را سورو بخورد»؛ دستیار که از زیبایی دختر جوان بیطاقت شده بود نمیتوانست به رها کردن دختر، در آنحالت، که مثل نیم تنه ای دوخته شده مینمود، تن در دهد، و به دکتر پیشنهاد کرد، اندکی آن را مرتب کنند آن دو مرد، برای حفظ جسد از تباهی، به کار روغن زدن و مالیدن خمیر مخصوص کفن و دفن پرداختند، و تا ساعت چهار صبح کار کردند، تا آنکه دکتر کوئواس گفت، آن قدر خسته و غمگین است که نمیتواند کار را ادامه دهد از آشپزخانه بیرون رفت، و «رزا» زیر دست دستیار باقی ماند؛ و او لکه های خون روی پوستش را، با اسفنج پاک کرد، لباس خواب گلدوزی شده اش را، روی سینه اش گذاشت، تا بریدگی از گلوگاه تا عضو مادینگی اش را بپوشاند، و موهایش را مرتب کرد سپس به جمع و جور کردن درهم برهمیهایی، که خودش و دکتر، به وجود آورده بودند، پرداخت دکتر کوئواس وارد اتاق نشیمن شد و سورو و نانا را دید، که از گریه و باده نیمه مست شده اند، و گفت «ـ حاضر است تا اندازه ای مرتبش کرده ایم، طوری که مادرش میتواند برود تو و نگاهش کند»؛ دکتر به سورو گفت که تردیدهایش به جا بوده است، و در معده ی دختر همان ماده ی کشنده ای را یافته است، که در عرق پیشکشی موجود بوده است آنوقت بود که سورو به یاد پیشگویی کلارا افتاد، و همه ی آرامش باقی مانده اش را از دست داد، زیرا نمیتوانست فکر کند که دخترش به جای او مرده است خود را بر کف اتاق افکند، و نالید، که به خاطر جاه طلبی، و لاف و گزافهایش گناهکار است، هیچکس به وی نگفته وارد سیاست شود، در مقام یک حقوقدان معمولی، و مرد خانه، وضع بسیار خوبی داشته، و از این پس کاندیداتوری شومش را رها میکند، و از حزب لیبرال و فعالیتهای اجتماعی دست میکشد، و امیدوار است هیچ یک از فرزندانش هرگز وارد سیاست نشوند، که کاری است لایق قصابان و دزدان سرگردنه؛ تا آنکه دل دکتر کوئواس، به رحم آمد و لطف کرد و او را مست کرد مشروب از درد و رنج و گناهش قویتر بود نانا و دکتر او را به بالا، به اتاقش خوابش بردند و لباسهایش را کندند و توی رختخوابش خواباندند سپس به آشپزخانه برگشتند، که دستیار آخرین دستکاریها را بر جسد «رزا» انجام میداد «نیوآ» و سورو دل واله فردا صبح دیر بیدار شدند خویشاوندان نشانه های عزا به خانه آویخته بودند پرده ها را کشیده، و نوارهای درشت سیاه به آن ا زده بودند؛ دیوارها پر شده بود از دسته گلهایی که بوی خوش بیمارکننده شان، راهروها را آکنده بود در اتاق ناهارخوری، نمازخانه ی کوچکی، برای مراسم تشییع برپا کرده بودند در آنجا روی میز بزرگ، که پارچه ای سیاه با حاشیه های طلایی آن را پوشانده بود، تابوت سفید «رزا» با گل میخهای نقره ای قرار داشت دوازده شمع زرد در شمعدانیهای مفرغی نوری کدر بر دختر میافکند لباس عروسی تنش کرده بودند و با تاجی مومی به شکل گل بهارنارنج، که برای روز عروسیش کنار گذاشته بودند، موهایش را آراسته بودند؛ پایان نقل از متن کتاب ا شربیانی


  7. Ariel Ariel says:

    I have never in my life read a book where SO MUCH HAPPENS AY Generation after generation of DEATH AND DESTRUCTION AMIRITE? I seriously don't know how to rate this book Personally it wasn't a favourite I found myself overwhelmed and bombarded with so much tragedy and injustice and found no love in any of the characters but I really appreciated so much of what happened and really enjoyed learning about magical realismHere's my video review of this


  8. Luffy Luffy says:

    I did not finish this book I didn't think it was one of the worst books for me but it was simply not destined to entertain me There was some potential in it But it was disjointed I tried further than I should've because it's a rec and I've already got 3 likes from it but when a book is spurned in favor of David Copperfield that tells the whole story Another thing that made me try harder than usual is the cover It's so wonderful But the book not for me


  9. Becky Becky says:

    25 stars actually Still waiting for Goodreads to give me that half star option Let's be honest Isabel Allende is chick lit that you're not embarrassed to read on the Metro It's got just enough faux Garcia Maruez magical realism lite charm to fool people into thinking it's moderately intellectual I don't have a big problem with that as long as people realize what's going on because Allende is a fine storyteller This novel her first and most famous is a fairly traditional family saga following three generations of an upper class Chilean family from the early 20th century to the Pinochet era The writing is lovely throughout with vivid descriptions particularly of places and characters' physical surroundings The book's weak spot however is characterization For a genre that depends so much on having the reader care deeply about the characters Allende does a pretty poor job accomplishing that I think her main problem is that she hadn't uite yet mastered the show don't tell rule of writing Instead of revealing Esteban Trueba's stubbornness and pride through his actions she'd just tell us Esteban Trueba was stubborn and proud It was mostly unconvincing and made many of the characters seem flat and two dimensional and you never really got that important sense of who they were as people Other problems Allende has always been an author who writes about strong women but the women in this book not so much I mean when one male character beats his wife until her teeth fall out her response depicted as brave by the narrator is to not talk to him for a couple years Silence is the author's idea of female empowerment and resistance huh? Anyway on top of that the only sections of first person narration in the novel are from the point of view of the patriarch So yeah problematic on that level And just a nitpick but she way overuses foreshadowing Dramatically hinting at what's going to happen a few chapters on is effective once or twice but not over and over Well I realize it sounds like I hated the book but as a story it was pretty enjoyable At least the first half The second half which tracks Chilean politics and real life events through Salvador Allende's election and Pinochet's military coup is uninteresting and unsurprising to anyone who knows anything about 20th century Chilean history But the first half which is of a romantic love story is pretty good I'm keeping this at 3 stars for the soft spot I have for Allende's later books which tell stories that are I think uniue and compelling PS Sorry for the long review but I spent a full month reading this book in Spanish so I feel like I've got to get my money's worth so to speak


  10. Kimber Silver Kimber Silver says:

    In almost every family there’s a fool or a crazy person —Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits is set in the capital of an unnamed Latin American country during the twentieth century and that is where I first met the del Valles Patriarch Severo del Valle has lofty political aspirations but his magical out of control family doesn’t uite conform to his ideals leading to conflicts that are both laughable and tragic Unworldly Rosa del Valle the oldest daughter is graced with a splendor unmatched by any other setting one young man on a uest to make her his own Esteban Trueba is an unlikely beau for Rosa the Beautiful and their coming together is a stone thrown into the glassy surface of a mystical pond whose ripples will radiate through generations I don’t generally spend my time thinking about women mused Trueba but only a fool could have failed to spot that apparition who caused a stir wherever she went and tied up traffic with her incredible green hair which framed her face like a fantastic hat her fairy tale manner and her special way of moving as if she were flyingSoon the hopeful paramour finds the path to love is hard won and when heaven proves to be too far away Trueba turns his eye toward earthly acuisitionsIn his uest for riches he paves a six lane highway straight to the gates of Hades Hearts in turmoil are invariably a bloody affair whether this represents the heart of a country on the cusp of a Coup d'état or a love that can never be realized She felt that everything was made of glass as fragile as a sigh and that the machine gun fire and bombs of that unforgettable Tuesday had destroyed most of what she knew and that all the rest had been smashed to pieces and spattered with bloodThough the story is awash with strong women having to survive misogyny and adversity Allende has a gift of tempering tragedy with just enough comedy to keep the storyline electrifying Emotional raw and spirited this magical realism book was just my cup of teaThank you Kevin Your fabulous review convinced me to read this marvelous tale


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