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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 bearty, a fiery and willful woman... the family's break with the past and link to the future.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 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 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 future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

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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lukas, January 23, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
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 father, 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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jcinoregon, January 26, 2007 (view all comments by jcinoregon)
I got my first copy of this fictional book 14 years ago recommended by my sister and have since read it several times over. Isabel Allende draws you into the generational tale of the Trueba family who in many ways are relatable. Its set in during the political face change of a nation moving painfully into the "modern" world while grasping when able to the pride of the past. The emotions and familial sagas that are revealed in this story have the ability to hit personal chords unexpectedly. Here I first learned of the writing style called magical realism. Does Rosa the beautiful really have green hair? It sure made me pause and imagine just how beautiful that might be. I connected with Clara and applauded her inner goodness, silent struggles (literally) and ultimately her innocent, sincere self. And even Esteban with his "macho" borderline tyrannical ways won me over. It caught me from the start and has not let go. If you are looking for a bite of history, the transparency of human experience and a revelation of deep felt family connections this is a great choice to make! Take some time, kick back with some cafe con leche and soak up the goodness found in this tale.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553383805
Author:
Allende, Isabel
Publisher:
Dial Press
Author:
Allende, Isabelle
Subject:
Literary
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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fiction;magical realism;chile;novel;south america;latin america;family;literature;20th century;historical fiction;family saga;women;fantasy;latin american;latin american literature;chili;politics;chilean;love;romance;historical;contemporary fiction;revolu
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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"Synopsis" by , NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 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 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 future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

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