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ISBN13: 9780553273915
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Here, in an astonishing debut by a gifted storyteller, is the 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.

Esteban — The patriarch, a volatile and proud man whose lust for land is legendary and who is haunted by his tyrannical passion for the wife he can never completely possess.

Clara — The matriarch, elusive and mysterious, who foretells family tragedy and shapes the fortunes of the house of the Truebas.

Blanca — Their daughter, soft-spoken yet rebellious, whose shocking love for the son of her father's foreman fuels Esteban's everlasting contempt... even as it produces the grandchild he adores.

Alba — The fruit of Blanca's forbidden love, a luminous beauty, a fiery and willful woman... the family's break with the past and link to the future.

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"Extraordinary... Powerful... Sharply observant, witty and eloquent." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

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"Mesmerizing... A novel of force and charm." The Washington Post

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"That rarest of successes — a book about one family and one country that is a book about the world and becomes the world in a book." Cosmopolitan

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"Nothing short of astonishing....In The House Of The Spirits Isabelle 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." Jane Futcher, San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Born in Peru, Isabel Allende is Chilean. She was a journalist for many years and began to write fiction in 1981. The result was the worldwide bestseller The House of the Spirits, which was followed by the equally successful Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Luna, and Daughter of Fortune. Long a resident of Caracas, she now makes her home in San Rafael, California.

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Graciela, November 28, 2013 (view all comments by Graciela)
This book is the literary equivalent of Picasso's "Guernica": melancholy, visceral, and historically relevant. Set in a Latin American country (implied to be Chile), "The House of the Spirits" chronicles three generations of an affluent family whose entire existence begins to fall under threat from political reactionaries. The novel's focus, however, is primarily on the ever-growing, occasionally twisted branches of this family tree. Nearly all the named characters are described prior to the events that induce their transformations, yet Allende's poetic language makes this high volume of necessary exposition just as enjoyable as the dialogue. Despite the book's dark themes, the ending is poignantly hopeful, and the constant elements of magical realism and dry humor prevent it from being a downer. As a bonus, "The House of the Spirits" passes the Bechdel test with flying colors; in fact, only one of the four main characters is male, and all the women have distinct personalities, interests, strengths, and weaknesses. I definitely think this book is worth owning.
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ladysankofa, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by ladysankofa)
The beauty of the language of this incredible novel makes me forget that it is translated from the Spanish and I wish I could read it in its original. I was spellbound by the story of this amazing, odd, lovely, and strange family right from the very start, from "Barabbas came to us by sea." That it was Allende's first novel is stunning as well. You feel as if you are there, in Chile, and that all of these people you come to know on a close, intimate basis: Rosa, Clara, Esteban and the rest. It is almost sad to get to the last page--you leave wanting more.
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shitakehappens, March 7, 2007 (view all comments by shitakehappens)
This book was absolutely breath-taking! What I loved most was how the book spanned three generantions, and yet kept a steady focus on all the characters. The reader can really become attached to people they read about when they follow their lives from childhood to death. The story was scandalous, magical, sad, exciting, and completely unforgettable. This is something everyone should read atleast once in his or her life, you'll identify with the characters in no time!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553273915
Author:
Allende, Isabel
Publisher:
Bantam
Translator:
Bogin, Magda
Author:
Allende, Isabelle
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Spanish american literature
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Authors, Chilean
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Chilean literature.
Subject:
Women authors, Chilean
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Bantam ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
1015
Publication Date:
19860701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.91x4.21x.98 in. .49 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Extraordinary... Powerful... Sharply observant, witty and eloquent."
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing... A novel of force and charm."
"Review" by , "That rarest of successes — a book about one family and one country that is a book about the world and becomes the world in a book."
"Review" by , "Nothing short of astonishing....In The House Of The Spirits Isabelle 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."
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