Sunday, June 24, 2007

The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Literature in Translation

Spanning four generations, Isabel Allende's magnificent family saga is populated by a memorable, often eccentric cast of characters. Together, men and women, spirits, the forces of nature, and of history, converge in an unforgettable, wholly absorbing and brilliantly realised novel that is as richly entertaining as it is a masterpiece of modern literature

This book tells the story of the Trueba family. Estaban Trueban was a man with extreme anger issues. Although he ended up very wealthy in some ways he also ended up very poor. Emotionally this man was a train wreck. This is a family saga with amazing details about Chilean history. Politically this book was extremely interesting and I learned a great deal about Chile. Allende writes of strong willed men and women with a great passion for life.




Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I read this in grad school and cried at the ending. Just so beautiful.

Dana said...

This was my first Allende book and I will definitely be reading more. She has such a passion and seems to infect the reader with it