The House of the Spirits

by Isabel Allende

Bantam Books, Incorporated | January 8, 1986 | Mass Market Paperbound

The House of the Spirits is rated 5 out of 5 by 8.
Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was overthrown in the coup of 1973, she fled Chile, moving to Caracas, Venezuela. While living in Venezuela, Allende began writing her novels, many of them exploring the close family bonds between women. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits, has been translated into 27 languages, and was later made into a film. She then wrote Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and The Stories of Eva Luna, all set in Latin America. The Infinite Plan was her first novel to take place in the United States. In Paula, Allende wrote her memoirs in connection with her daughter's illness and death. She delved into the erotic connections between food and love in Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. In addition to writing books, Allende has worked as a TV interviewer, magazine writer, school administrator, and a secretary at a U.N. office in Chile. She received the 1996 Harold Washington Literacy Award. She lives in California.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 pages

Published: January 8, 1986

Publisher: Bantam Books, Incorporated

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553258656

ISBN - 13: 9780553258653

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a great story. This is the first book I've read by Isabel Allende, she is a great story teller. A friend told me to read "The House of the Spirits" and I wasn't disappointed. It consists of many emotions and left me wanting to know more about the political situation of where this story took place.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splendid! This is the first of a long list of Allende books I planned to read. I read it for english class, and was blown away. Don't get me wrong I love literature but to find such a gem among the list of long winded authors like Hugo, and Dickens was incredible. I was surprised to find this Latin American novel. Allende uses magical realism to emphasise the ways of life and experiences of the family this follows so extrodinarily that you begin to feel like a part of the story. However fictional this novel seems it is based upon the personal experiences of Allende and her family. She is Alba, carefully dipicting her families story and reconstucting it in a fashion that is fictional and yet non-fiction at the same time. Congratuations to Allende on this superb work, even though she will never hear it from me. I can only hope that my love of this book is spread to others.
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Perfection The House of the Spirits is easily one of the best books i have ever read. When i first read this novel, i was so enraptured by the utter beauty of it, i read it three times in one month. Since then i've read it several times over, and was pleasantly surprised to find that all of Allende's works are equally beautiful and life changing. This book changed the way that i look at books. I highly reccommend this book to anyone. It has everything imaginable encompassed within it, and achieves such a unique beauty that i have yet to come upon a book that has struck me as much as this one.
Date published: 2005-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Novel of a lifetime This book came to me by coincidence, but it is not a coincidence that it has been so succesful. If there is only one book you read your entire life, make it this one. It is one of the most inspiring novels ever written and it deserves a much better film version than the one that came out with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons.
Date published: 2002-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discovering the Power of Family When Allende wrote "The House of the Spirits" she had succeeded in capturing more than a family saga. Not only was the reader able to to see the termoil that plagued Chilie but most importantly the reader was able to comprehend this tragedy through the life of a family.Probably the most enthralling feature of the book was its random style. even though the reader was presented with so much detail and thoughts it beautifully tied the reader into the book. Allende was able to keep the reader in a state of indecision over their true feelings towards the characters. Sometimes we loved and sometimes we loathed the characters but Allende allowed us to have a change of heart even for characters that we saw the worst in. On the whole this novel illuminated on the themes of love, revenge and power but most of all the importance of family and the human spirit. One was able to see how even in toughest times the human spirit can never be broken. It was through these horrid situations Allende presented us with that the reader is able to find some stability within their own life and learn the true importance that family is there to the end. Isabelle Allende captred our hearts and throughly taught the reader how to see life through a different lens. There have been few books that I have read that have had such a vast force to stir the morality of the reader.
Date published: 2001-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good look at life This book is an amzing picture of all the differences in people brought together in one familly. The contrast of the feelings and caracters brings up conflicts which are solved by love. It concerns all generations. If you would like to end up a book and have a feeling you gained awfully a lot that's the book for you.
Date published: 2001-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The power of women This is my favourite Isabel Allende's book. It tells me how powerful women are in a men's world. Keep writting Isabel, please!.
Date published: 2000-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The House of the Spirits This manuscript is really a long piece of poetry that covers ghosts, romance, political intrigue, domestic violence, and cultural battles. A remarkable wife warns her violent husband never to turn his fist on her, and when he does, she punishes him by becoming mute. She never utters another word to him again, although they stay together in a surreal mime of existence. After she dies, her ghost resumes communication. This ambitious novel demonstrates the pain of an abusive marriage and the intricate balance on which love and loyalty rest. I Recommend this book to anyone who loves the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez - the magic realism is as stunning as the master's.
Date published: 1998-12-14

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The House of the Spirits

by Isabel Allende

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 pages

Published: January 8, 1986

Publisher: Bantam Books, Incorporated

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553258656

ISBN - 13: 9780553258653

About the Author

Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was overthrown in the coup of 1973, she fled Chile, moving to Caracas, Venezuela. While living in Venezuela, Allende began writing her novels, many of them exploring the close family bonds between women. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits, has been translated into 27 languages, and was later made into a film. She then wrote Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and The Stories of Eva Luna, all set in Latin America. The Infinite Plan was her first novel to take place in the United States. In Paula, Allende wrote her memoirs in connection with her daughter's illness and death. She delved into the erotic connections between food and love in Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. In addition to writing books, Allende has worked as a TV interviewer, magazine writer, school administrator, and a secretary at a U.N. office in Chile. She received the 1996 Harold Washington Literacy Award. She lives in California.
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