One of Carol Drinkwater's favourite books.
May 2011 Guest Editor Carol Drinkwater on The House of the Spirits...
Since discovering this book, I have bought every Allende, but for me this remains her finest. It recounts the horrors of living under Pinochet’s regime in Chile. At the heart is a family’s story. Allende paints a world that is magical, epic, heartrending, harrowing. A masterpiece.
The Lovereading view...
Spanning four generations, Isabel Allende's family saga is populated by an often eccentric cast of characters. Together, men and women, spirits, the forces of nature and of history, converge in a brlliantly realised novel.
As a girl, Clara del Valle can read fortunes, make objects move as if they had lives of their own, and predict the future. Following the mysterious death of her sister, Rosa the Beautiful, Clara is mute for nine years. When she breaks her silence, it is to announce that she will be married soon to the stern and volatile landowner Esteban Trueba. Set in an unnamed Latin American country over three generations, The House of the Spirits is a magnificent epic of a proud and passionate family, secret loves and violent revolution.
|Publication date:||7th July 2011|
|Publisher:||Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Primary Genre||Literary Fiction|
A spellbinding saga written around the political history of 20th century Chile. Esteban Trueta, domineering and passionate right-wing politician and his wife Clara, serene and psychic, who predicts the future and communes with the spirits, are the parents of idealistic left-wing children. The bloody coup that results from the flashpoint political situation brings the family together in an extraordinary and unexpected way. A vital and imaginative novel of great power. (Kirkus UK)
Isabel Allende was born in Chile, and now lives in California. She worked for many years as a journalist before writing the internationally bestselling novel The House of the Spirits. Since then she has published the equally highly-acclaimed Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Luna, ‘The Infinite Plan and ‘Paula.More About Isabel Allende