This is one special piece of fruit!
And with this book we start transitioning from summery romance to fall spooky!
About the book
[Public Library Audio Book]
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.
My goal for the summer was to read more Magical Realism and I wanted to start with the classics. Many think the master of Magical Realism is Neustadt International Prize for Literature and Nobel Prize in Literature, Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. And many compare Isabel Allende to him. So, it was a no-brainer to read a book by her Isabel Allende, especially because I ADORED the movie The House of The Spirits.
From word one I knew why Isabel Allende is a global phenomenon. Isabel is an extremely gifted storyteller! Her style may not be for everyone, though. It’s not very linear, with close to 90% being backstories. Each and everyone of those backstories took me down a different rabbit hole and I was thrilled! BUT, again, some readers may find that too much is going on around the main story.
There is a good amount of telling, but I did not care a bit because the stories are just so freaking rich and fantastic! If you are not used to Latin American stories this book may sound too rural, primitive and savage, though. The House of The Spirits It’s a great representation of the culture and the atmosphere of those revolutionary times, and I loved it!
My taste has changed from when I used to read lotsa Latin American classics and now I find them a little too descriptive, but it’s still superb! If you like Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Magical Realism, family sagas, and striking stories. You need to read this book!
And with this one review, my dearest apocalyptic beasts,
we are transitioning into the dark
I declare this brief “summer of romance” DONE!
[as promised, all my romance reviews were about some how “dark” stories]
Now, please step out of the light, and back into the dark side where we all belong 🙂
Be ready for some REALLY REALLY dark reads!
Thank you for visiting!