The House of the Spirits: A Novel by Isabel AllendeThe House of the Spirits: A Novel by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits: A Novel

byIsabel Allende

Paperback | December 15, 2015

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The unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted and imaginative storytellers.

The House of the Spirits 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. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.
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 ...
Title:The House of the Spirits: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.3 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501117017

ISBN - 13:9781501117015

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A long time coming... This book was required reading (in Spanish) for my Honours Spanish program, but we never got around to reading it. Flash forward 15 years and my Spanish is a bit rusty. I got the English version and I really enjoyed it. Such an great example of Latin American literature, and an interesting glimpse into Chilean politics.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for everyone Nicely written but didn’t engage me. Characters were wooden. Story was haunting but but hard to connect with.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Started my love affair with Allende This amazing book started my love affair with Allende. I have since bought and read all of her novels. Her voice is engaging and her stories timeless. The true master of Latin American Magic Realism.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! A novel of great scale, depth and beauty. Truly magical!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I loved the magical realism of this book. It was a beautiful blend of subtle mystical spirituality and fascinating politics.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Page-turner but anticlimactic I could not put this book down, mostly because of Allende's masterful writing ability, yet for such an original and evocative story the ending is quite cliche.
Date published: 2017-01-27

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