The House of the Spirits eBook à The House PDF/EPUB

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10 thoughts on “The House of the Spirits

  1. Brina Brina says:

    House of the Spirits started my love affair with Isabel Allende s writing twenty years ago I remember how the first line Barrabas came to us from the sea left me captivated and eager to read on In college, I was fortunate that La Casa de los Espiritus was required reading for one of my classes, so I read the prose a second time in Spanish Allende s writing is exceptional in both languages Recently, I completed Allende s memoir The Sum of Our Days She reveals that Clara represents her own House of the Spirits started my love affair with Isabel Allende s writing twenty years ago I remember how the first line Barrabas came to us from the sea left me captivated and eager to read on In college, I was fortunate that La Casa de los Espiritus was required reading for one of my classes, so I read the prose a second time in Spanish Allende s writing is exceptional in both languages Recently, I completed Allende s memoir The Sum of Our Days She reveals that Clara represents her own grandmother she also had the gift of being clairvoyant and communicating with all the spirits that entered her home by way of a three legged table and tarot cards Handed down this gift, Allende admits that she has had a number of meaningful dreams over the years that have influenced both her writing and family life.La Casa de Los Espiritus is a sweeping epic that spans three generations of Chilean women Clara, Blanca, and Alba Del Valle Trueba from post World War I up until the Pinochet coup which overthrew the Allende government Isabel s uncle in 1973 The opus detailed their family saga in both good times and bad, reflecting on how the same mistakes repeated themselves through the generations This is most evident as Allende uses the same name over again for all four women in the family Nivea, Clara, Blanca, Alba Each woman attempted to be as independent as her era allowed, yet falling for the society s expected of an upper crust Chilean family As the years pass, however, adhering to the higher class norms becomes harder as both family and society crumble around the Del Valle Trueba clan Allende may be known for her feminist leanings, but she creates a strong, memorable male lead in Esteban Trueba Reaching the ripe old age of ninety and telling this story alongside his grand daughter Alba, Senator Trueba sees Chile rise, fall, and rise again The country s hardships and successes mirror those of his own family as the Senator remains staunchly conservative even as the younger generations of his family opt forliberal values Trueba in his role as patriarch sees how the world has changed and holds his family together as Chile crashes around them Isabel fled Chile with her family and her writing has undergone changes since, depending on where she is on her life journey This saga remains my measuring stick against which all of her other books are rated As long as she maintains her high level of Latina magical realism, I have no difficulties rating all of her books at least 4.5 stars Knowing that Daughter of Fortune and Portrait of Sepia make up a trilogy leading up to Los Espiritus, whenever I reread these books every few years or so, they will have to be read in succession, creating an epic family saga spanning nearly 200 years House of the Spirits through its highs and lows will always keep its place as one of my favorite books read Post script I just re read House of the Spirits for the fourth time as part of a group read for catching up with classics in September 2016 What I can take away from this reread of Allende s contemporary classic, is that her writing is as captivating as ever, even twenty years later Having read her memoirs and current novel, by returning to her House of the Spirits, it is hard to tell if Alba Trueba is speaking or Allende herself, as this book appears to be a fictionalized autobiography of her family Culling through the 90 years of Esteban Trueba s life, Chile has seen her share of hardships Yet, by writing down memories as both Clara and Alba do, one is able to break the chain of torment, so that history is no longer doomed to repeat itself As I have the other times I have read this masterpiece, I rate House of the Spirits 5 shining stars for Allende s outstanding prose and magical realism


  2. Claudia Claudia says:

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez comparisons aside, it s hard to review this book without references to the magical realism and the narrative styles of Latin America I truly believe that anyone not familiar with the above mentioned, would likely be a bit thrown, even put off by these influences Still, this is a brilliantly written story, epic in its truest sense Covering four generations of women with a man as the common thread between them , it races through the simplicity of the old world into the c Gabriel Garcia Marquez comparisons aside, it s hard to review this book without references to the magical realism and the narrative styles of Latin America I truly believe that anyone not familiar with the above mentioned, would likely be a bit thrown, even put off by these influences Still, this is a brilliantly written story, epic in its truest sense Covering four generations of women with a man as the common thread between them , it races through the simplicity of the old world into the complexity of an increasingly global existance and the insistance that this country enter into the morphing global economy and political stage The true classics know how to do one particular thing very well They are able to capture the reader with the emotive ties to the characters in a microcosm while placing them in a grander milestone setting, historically Many stories have attempted this balance and fall short in one aspect or another Either the personal attachment is emphasized at the expense of the historical detail, or the historical events are diluted to platform the characters In this case, both are developed successfully because we are introduced and weaned on to the family first and then become involved in their plight as gradually as they do Political upheaval grew into their lives the way it grew into the narration It s also important to mention that by definition, this won t be a political struggle that most of the captalist population will be familiar with Some background knowledge of the history of Chile does come in handy, especially when references are thrown in enigmatically The Poet is mentioned sporadically at first, then his existance becomes poignant for a moment The reference to Neruda, his real life exile, his political position all of these are only subtly mentioned throughout the plot, and he is never referred to by name So it s interesting that Allende refers to censorship by censoring herself Clearly a conscious decision on her part, to seperate this historical novel from being a direct documentation of the history of Chile The same holds true for the events leading up to and after the military coup and the Pinochet situation This story shows us what it might have looked like behind the scenes What the papers were not reporting What the news programing was cleaning up on orders of the heads of state This is what this story is about In Latin America, these kinds of events are innumerable They are part of the history, but they can not be told for the very censorship that this story speaks of So they are told in novels and are thinly veiled as magical and exaggerated so as to hide behind such protection But they are real, and to this day, there is a weekly procession in one of the plazas in Santiago, Chile, of people who lost family members to the military government 40 years later, there are still hundreds who have not been accounted for With this story, Allende hooks us, reels us in, and binds us to these characters They are funny, ecentric, tempermental, ideal, strong, weak and so muchTheir dimensionality begs us to invest in them, emotionally, so that when their lives become shaken by their setting, we are as invested in how they will deal with the challenge


  3. Kevin Ansbro Kevin Ansbro says:

    If this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great grandchildren, it will be women who make it soIsabel Allende.Phewee The House of the Spirits is a tumultuous epic which chronicles four generations of two extraordinary families.The eponymous house is large it boasts three courtyards and a Chil an version of the Addams Family.Imagine too, if you will, Barrab s, the somewhat unnatural domesticated dog horse, who was ill advisedly fed olive oil until he covered thIf this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great grandchildren, it will be women who make it soIsabel Allende.Phewee The House of the Spirits is a tumultuous epic which chronicles four generations of two extraordinary families.The eponymous house is large it boasts three courtyards and a Chil an version of the Addams Family.Imagine too, if you will, Barrab s, the somewhat unnatural domesticated dog horse, who was ill advisedly fed olive oil until he covered the house from top to bottom with diarrhoea Blurrgh Following in the giant footsteps of Gabriel Garc a M rquez, Allende lets rip with her own brand of el realismo m gico.Strong female roles abound in this captivating story, from Rosa who has the maritime grace of a mermaid , to Clara the soothsayer whose apocalyptic visions include exploding horses and cows that are hurled into the sea , and Tr nsito Soto the entrepreneurial prostitute who symbolises success in the face of adversity.A mainstay of magical realism is that characters are expected to be beautifully realised, and Allende doesn t disappoint Not for one bit Her lead goes to reluctant altruist, Esteban Trueba, whose expectations of grandeur befit his pedigree, but not his habitude.Trueba, wishing to mine for gold, takes control of a lawless chunk of godforsaken land Despite improving the social conditions of the peasants under his patronage, he becomes the most hated and feared scumbag in the entire region.When done with kicking hens, throwing tantrums and raping village girls, he expects his subordinates to show him some gratitude Seriously, what a complete arse Dichotomies abound good and evil, triumph and tragedy, and the unjustified pomposity of Trueba sets him up for a hubristic turn of events.I LOVED this novel I am a latecomer to Allende and, with this one story, she has propelled herself onto my top tier of writers.That said, the magical start to the story gradually capitulates to arealismo style and does become something of a slog at times Despite this, the craftsmanship of her writing never diminishes The sex is fleshy and sweaty and the book is simply awash with anarchists, prostitutes and tables that move just by the power of thought Ay, caramba There s even a bazooka wielding president As if that could ever happen stifles a snigger The House of the Spirits is stormy, dramatic and beautifully written I even missed it when I was away from it A self indulgent afterthoughtSo skilful was Allende s writing that she turns Trueba s Latino machismo on its head Most surprisingly, you might even end up feeling sorry for the misogynistic bastard.Those of you old enough to remember the excellent cop drama NYPD Blue might have experienced the same volte face in respect of Detective Andy Sipowicz, the corrupt, racist, homophobic, alcoholic sleazeball who slowly begins to question the values he was raised with, and thereafter begins to win our hearts and minds In my view, an unbelievably gifted piece of TV character writing that is rarely bettered


  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    When I was a kid, me and my brother used to spend most weekends at our grandparents house And most of those weekends we would watch one of the same two movies on the good ol VCR Steel Magnolias and The House of the Spirits No one seems to know the latter movie when I mention it, but it starred a bunch of impressive names Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder My memory might be painting a better picture than the truth, but me and my brother LOVED the mov When I was a kid, me and my brother used to spend most weekends at our grandparents house And most of those weekends we would watch one of the same two movies on the good ol VCR Steel Magnolias and The House of the Spirits No one seems to know the latter movie when I mention it, but it starred a bunch of impressive names Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder My memory might be painting a better picture than the truth, but me and my brother LOVED the movie.So it really kinda amazes me that it took so long for me to get my hands on the book and finally read it It s everything I can t help but love A rich family saga filled with drama, hardship, love, violence and a touch of magical realism The characters that once fascinated me in the movie have reemerged in a farcomplex and fleshed out depiction It is such an interesting story, spanning multiple generations and looking at the intricate relationships between the characters whilst the background features the post colonial political struggles of Chile.I love the beautiful and wild South American setting I love the subtly woven aspects of magical realism I love and sometimes hate the characters I am fascinated by even the politics of the novel and the huge disparities between the women who campaigned for gender equality and those who believed a husband ruled over his wife This book has everything family, politics, love, magic I always enjoy it when a novel can bring in many different elements that we love and get the balance right.My favourite character has always been Ferula played by Glenn Close in the movie I find her the most tragic character and the one most buried beneath layers of complexity, even though she isn t ever really the novel s main focusShe was one of those people who are born for the greatness of a single love, for exaggerated hatred, for apocalyptic vengeance, and for the most sublime forms of heroism, but she was unable to shape her fate to the dimensions of her amorous vocation, so it was lived out as something flat and grey that was trapped between her mother s sickroom walls, wretched tenements, and the tortured confessions with which this large, opulent, hot blooded woman made for maternity, abundance, action, and ardor was consuming herself Ferula is my favourite, but she is one in a sea of very different and interesting individuals There is, of course, Esteban Trueba He is violent, selfish and earns very little sympathy from me over the course of the novel that s not to say he isn t of interest, because he certainly is And there s his wife Clara a woman prone to bouts of clairvoyance that have dictated the direction of her life a direction she has accepted without complaint Then there s Blanca, Esteban and Clara s daughter, who falls in love with Pedro Tercero against her father s wishes and constantly defies him by pursuing the relationship.Despite the pretty cover, this book isn t without its graphic descriptions of violence and some rape scenes It isn t a nice book, but I suppose many of the best books aren t nice It is, however, a wonderful portrait of a family, spread over several generations, and it is as moving and beautiful as I d hoped Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr


  5. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    4.5 5Esteban, Trueba,how does your childhood grow With fear and guilt and such hard workand a love that leaves you low.In thoughts of grief and thoughts of rage,and a slump of of broken land,you will rape your heart out, Esteban,set life to your demand.Clara, Clara, clairvoyant,how does your marriage keep With magic silent and so near,to where your children sleep.When tragedy has struck your home,and the bull is in the shop,reality will find you there,your disengagement stop.Humans, humans, high 4.5 5Esteban, Trueba,how does your childhood grow With fear and guilt and such hard workand a love that leaves you low.In thoughts of grief and thoughts of rage,and a slump of of broken land,you will rape your heart out, Esteban,set life to your demand.Clara, Clara, clairvoyant,how does your marriage keep With magic silent and so near,to where your children sleep.When tragedy has struck your home,and the bull is in the shop,reality will find you there,your disengagement stop.Humans, humans, high and low,what does your life move toward To riches spun in paradise,And poor ones marching forward.When man must strain for food and work,and women for their life,the wealth grows lazy in its keep,and tensions run in strife.Politics, politics,what are your true names The search for living fair and true,the beasts of power games.When fear drives sides to action,and both believe in might,lands will burn in suffering no one escapes the light.Esteban, Trueba,you ve lived a life of pride,planted seeds of cruel revenge,and harvested in stride.You are old now, Esteban,what has your life earned A ghost, a house, a granddaughter all are scorched and burned.Esteban, Trueba,how does your country grow With driving out the communists,or dictators and woe When tragedy has snuffed your pride,and your path is lost in fear,you ll find your guidance, Esteban redemption gathers here.Reader, reader, reading here,what is this story read A tale of individuals,Small strainings birthed for dead It is one and it is all,growing ever,family framed society history at its core.Reader, reader, what is life,how does one tell it true With torture, fear, and oftentimes,death of all you knew.And yet life keeps, and yet life goes,and strength is found in you,men of hope, women strong,love and laughter too


  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    276 La Casa De Los Esp ritus The House of The Spirits, Isabel AllendeThe House of the Spirits, is the debut novel of Isabel Allende The novel was rejected by several Spanish language publishers before being published in Buenos Aires in 1982 It became an instant best seller, was critically acclaimed, and catapulted Allende to literary stardom The novel was named Best Novel of the Year in Chile in 1982, and Allende received the country s Panorama Literario award The House of the Spirits has 276 La Casa De Los Esp ritus The House of The Spirits, Isabel AllendeThe House of the Spirits, is the debut novel of Isabel Allende The novel was rejected by several Spanish language publishers before being published in Buenos Aires in 1982 It became an instant best seller, was critically acclaimed, and catapulted Allende to literary stardom The novel was named Best Novel of the Year in Chile in 1982, and Allende received the country s Panorama Literario award The House of the Spirits has been translated into over 37 languages The story details the life of the Trueba family, spanning four generations, and tracing the post colonial social and political upheavals of Chile though the country s name, and the names of figures closely paralleling historical ones, such as the President or the Poet , are never explicitly given The story is told mainly from the perspective of two protagonists Esteban and Alba and incorporates elements of magical realism 2009 1368 656 9643410218 1377 1379 1385 9789643410216 1395 580 20 1377 515 964729414 1942


  7. Ariel Ariel says:

    I have never in my life read a book where SO MUCH HAPPENS AY Generation after generation of DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, AMIRITE I seriously don t know how to rate this book Personally it wasn t a favourite, I found myself overwhelmed and bombarded with so much tragedy and injustice and found no love in any of the characters, but I really appreciated so much of what happened and really enjoyed learningabout magical realism.Here s my video review of this I have never in my life read a book where SO MUCH HAPPENS AY Generation after generation of DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, AMIRITE I seriously don t know how to rate this book Personally it wasn t a favourite, I found myself overwhelmed and bombarded with so much tragedy and injustice and found no love in any of the characters, but I really appreciated so much of what happened and really enjoyed learningabout magical realism.Here s my video review of this


  8. Kimber Silver Kimber Silver says:

    In almost every family there s a fool or a crazy personIsabel Allende The House of the Spirits is set in the capital of an unnamed Latin American country during the twentieth century, and that is where I first met the del Valles Patriarch, Severo del Valle, has lofty political aspirations, but his magical, out of control family doesn t quite conform to his ideals, leading to conflicts that are both laughable and tragic Unworldly Rosa del Valle, the oldest daughter, is graced with a splIn almost every family there s a fool or a crazy personIsabel Allende The House of the Spirits is set in the capital of an unnamed Latin American country during the twentieth century, and that is where I first met the del Valles Patriarch, Severo del Valle, has lofty political aspirations, but his magical, out of control family doesn t quite conform to his ideals, leading to conflicts that are both laughable and tragic Unworldly Rosa del Valle, the oldest daughter, is graced with a splendor unmatched by any other, setting one young man on a quest to make her his own Esteban Trueba is an unlikely beau for Rosa the Beautiful, and their coming together is a stone thrown into the glassy surface of a mystical pond, whose ripples will radiate through generationsI don t generally spend my time thinking about women,mused Trueba,but only a fool could have failed to spot that apparition, who caused a stir wherever she went, and tied up traffic, with her incredible green hair, which framed her face like a fantastic hat, her fairy tale manner, and her special way of moving as if she were flying Soon, the hopeful paramour finds the path to love is hard won, and when heaven proves to be too far away, Trueba turns his eye towardearthly acquisitions.In his quest for riches, he paves a six lane highway straight to the gates of Hades Hearts in turmoil are invariably a bloody affair, whether this represents the heart of a country on the cusp of a Coup d tat or a love that can never be realizedShe felt that everything was made of glass, as fragile as a sigh, and that the machine gun fire and bombs of that unforgettable Tuesday had destroyed most of what she knew, and that all the rest had been smashed to pieces and spattered with blood Though the story is awash with strong women having to survive misogyny and adversity, Allende has a gift of tempering tragedy with just enough comedy to keep the storyline electrifying Emotional, raw, and spirited, this magical realism book was just my cup of tea.Thank you, Kevin Your fabulous review convinced me to read this marvelous tale


  9. Becky Becky says:

    2.5 stars, actually Still waiting for Goodreads to give me that half star option Let s be honest, Isabel Allende is chick lit that you re not embarrassed to read on the Metro It s got just enough faux Garcia Marquez, magical realism lite charm to fool people into thinking it s moderately intellectual I don t have a big problem with that as long as people realize what s going on because Allende is a fine storyteller This novel, her first and most famous, is a fairly traditional family sa 2.5 stars, actually Still waiting for Goodreads to give me that half star option Let s be honest, Isabel Allende is chick lit that you re not embarrassed to read on the Metro It s got just enough faux Garcia Marquez, magical realism lite charm to fool people into thinking it s moderately intellectual I don t have a big problem with that as long as people realize what s going on because Allende is a fine storyteller This novel, her first and most famous, is a fairly traditional family saga following three generations of an upper class Chilean family from the early 20th century to the Pinochet era The writing is lovely throughout, with vivid descriptions particularly of places and characters physical surroundings The book s weak spot, however, is characterization For a genre that depends so much on having the reader care deeply about the characters, Allende does a pretty poor job accomplishing that I think her main problem is that she hadn t quite yet mastered the show, don t tell rule of writing Instead of revealing Esteban Trueba s stubbornness and pride through his actions, she d just tell us, Esteban Trueba was stubborn and proud It was mostly unconvincing and made many of the characters seem flat and two dimensional, and you never really got that important sense of who they were as people Other problems Allende has always been an author who writes about strong women, but the women in this book, not so much I mean, when one male character beats his wife until her teeth fall out, her response depicted as brave by the narrator is to not talk to him for a couple years Silence is the author s idea of female empowerment and resistance huh Anyway, on top of that, the only sections of first person narration in the novel are from the point of view of the patriarch So, yeah, problematic on that level And just a nitpick, but she way overuses foreshadowing Dramatically hinting at what s going to happen a few chapters on is effective once or twice, but not over and over Well, I realize it sounds like I hated the book, but as a story it was pretty enjoyable At least the first half The second half, which tracks Chilean politics and real life events through Salvador Allende s election and Pinochet s military coup, is uninteresting and unsurprising to anyone who knows anything about 20th century Chilean history But the first half, which isof a romantic love story, is pretty good I m keeping this at 3 stars for the soft spot I have for Allende s later books, which tell stories that are I thinkunique and compelling P.S Sorry for the long review, but I spent a full month reading this book in Spanish so I feel like I ve got to get my money s worth, so to speak


  10. PorshaJo PorshaJo says:

    Wow If you look up epic family dramas, sweeping sagas you are sure to find the The House of the Spirits at the top of the list It s hard to capture what this book covers as it covers so much The story of the three generations of the Trueba family How their lives have changed over many, many years Their loves, grief, joy, family, politics, greed, desires, andI felt that there was so much heartbreak and tragedy in this story But I kept thinking about this one.even when I was not Wow If you look up epic family dramas, sweeping sagas you are sure to find the The House of the Spirits at the top of the list It s hard to capture what this book covers as it covers so much The story of the three generations of the Trueba family How their lives have changed over many, many years Their loves, grief, joy, family, politics, greed, desires, andI felt that there was so much heartbreak and tragedy in this story But I kept thinking about this one.even when I was not reading it It is beautiful I wish that I could go back and start it all over again.Esteban Trueba..hmmm, he is a monster I think Though does he ultimately redeem himself Clara.a wonderful character, who I wanted to hearabout and her talents The book touches on magical realism and it was done perfectly, weaved into the lives of each of the Trueba family members The love between Blanca and Pedro Tercero Garc a.epic Throw in a government political coup Oh I want to hearandabout these wonderful characters.I listened to this one via audio There were two narrators one male, one female It took me a bit of time to get into the flow of the narration on this one But once I did, I was captivated However, I did not care for the male narration as much, from the point of view of Esteban Trueba To me, I had a picture in my mind of Esteban and how he would speak And this voice narration was just not him Esteban was rugged, violent, jealous,..and the narration was timid and quiet and too laid back Just a nit pick on my end I just found it too jarring when the narration would switch, taking me out of my dream like trance that I was in listening to this magical book.A beautiful book that I hope to revisit one day again and savor the details of the wonderful story


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The House of the Spirits ❰Reading❯ ➼ The House of the Spirits Author Isabel Allende – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 of the PDF/EPUB Ä 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, The House PDF/EPUB or 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.

10 thoughts on “The House of the Spirits

  1. Brina Brina says:

    House of the Spirits started my love affair with Isabel Allende s writing twenty years ago I remember how the first line Barrabas came to us from the sea left me captivated and eager to read on In college, I was fortunate that La Casa de los Espiritus was required reading for one of my classes, so I read the prose a second time in Spanish Allende s writing is exceptional in both languages Recently, I completed Allende s memoir The Sum of Our Days She reveals that Clara represents her own House of the Spirits started my love affair with Isabel Allende s writing twenty years ago I remember how the first line Barrabas came to us from the sea left me captivated and eager to read on In college, I was fortunate that La Casa de los Espiritus was required reading for one of my classes, so I read the prose a second time in Spanish Allende s writing is exceptional in both languages Recently, I completed Allende s memoir The Sum of Our Days She reveals that Clara represents her own grandmother she also had the gift of being clairvoyant and communicating with all the spirits that entered her home by way of a three legged table and tarot cards Handed down this gift, Allende admits that she has had a number of meaningful dreams over the years that have influenced both her writing and family life.La Casa de Los Espiritus is a sweeping epic that spans three generations of Chilean women Clara, Blanca, and Alba Del Valle Trueba from post World War I up until the Pinochet coup which overthrew the Allende government Isabel s uncle in 1973 The opus detailed their family saga in both good times and bad, reflecting on how the same mistakes repeated themselves through the generations This is most evident as Allende uses the same name over again for all four women in the family Nivea, Clara, Blanca, Alba Each woman attempted to be as independent as her era allowed, yet falling for the society s expected of an upper crust Chilean family As the years pass, however, adhering to the higher class norms becomes harder as both family and society crumble around the Del Valle Trueba clan Allende may be known for her feminist leanings, but she creates a strong, memorable male lead in Esteban Trueba Reaching the ripe old age of ninety and telling this story alongside his grand daughter Alba, Senator Trueba sees Chile rise, fall, and rise again The country s hardships and successes mirror those of his own family as the Senator remains staunchly conservative even as the younger generations of his family opt forliberal values Trueba in his role as patriarch sees how the world has changed and holds his family together as Chile crashes around them Isabel fled Chile with her family and her writing has undergone changes since, depending on where she is on her life journey This saga remains my measuring stick against which all of her other books are rated As long as she maintains her high level of Latina magical realism, I have no difficulties rating all of her books at least 4.5 stars Knowing that Daughter of Fortune and Portrait of Sepia make up a trilogy leading up to Los Espiritus, whenever I reread these books every few years or so, they will have to be read in succession, creating an epic family saga spanning nearly 200 years House of the Spirits through its highs and lows will always keep its place as one of my favorite books read Post script I just re read House of the Spirits for the fourth time as part of a group read for catching up with classics in September 2016 What I can take away from this reread of Allende s contemporary classic, is that her writing is as captivating as ever, even twenty years later Having read her memoirs and current novel, by returning to her House of the Spirits, it is hard to tell if Alba Trueba is speaking or Allende herself, as this book appears to be a fictionalized autobiography of her family Culling through the 90 years of Esteban Trueba s life, Chile has seen her share of hardships Yet, by writing down memories as both Clara and Alba do, one is able to break the chain of torment, so that history is no longer doomed to repeat itself As I have the other times I have read this masterpiece, I rate House of the Spirits 5 shining stars for Allende s outstanding prose and magical realism

  2. Claudia Claudia says:

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez comparisons aside, it s hard to review this book without references to the magical realism and the narrative styles of Latin America I truly believe that anyone not familiar with the above mentioned, would likely be a bit thrown, even put off by these influences Still, this is a brilliantly written story, epic in its truest sense Covering four generations of women with a man as the common thread between them , it races through the simplicity of the old world into the c Gabriel Garcia Marquez comparisons aside, it s hard to review this book without references to the magical realism and the narrative styles of Latin America I truly believe that anyone not familiar with the above mentioned, would likely be a bit thrown, even put off by these influences Still, this is a brilliantly written story, epic in its truest sense Covering four generations of women with a man as the common thread between them , it races through the simplicity of the old world into the complexity of an increasingly global existance and the insistance that this country enter into the morphing global economy and political stage The true classics know how to do one particular thing very well They are able to capture the reader with the emotive ties to the characters in a microcosm while placing them in a grander milestone setting, historically Many stories have attempted this balance and fall short in one aspect or another Either the personal attachment is emphasized at the expense of the historical detail, or the historical events are diluted to platform the characters In this case, both are developed successfully because we are introduced and weaned on to the family first and then become involved in their plight as gradually as they do Political upheaval grew into their lives the way it grew into the narration It s also important to mention that by definition, this won t be a political struggle that most of the captalist population will be familiar with Some background knowledge of the history of Chile does come in handy, especially when references are thrown in enigmatically The Poet is mentioned sporadically at first, then his existance becomes poignant for a moment The reference to Neruda, his real life exile, his political position all of these are only subtly mentioned throughout the plot, and he is never referred to by name So it s interesting that Allende refers to censorship by censoring herself Clearly a conscious decision on her part, to seperate this historical novel from being a direct documentation of the history of Chile The same holds true for the events leading up to and after the military coup and the Pinochet situation This story shows us what it might have looked like behind the scenes What the papers were not reporting What the news programing was cleaning up on orders of the heads of state This is what this story is about In Latin America, these kinds of events are innumerable They are part of the history, but they can not be told for the very censorship that this story speaks of So they are told in novels and are thinly veiled as magical and exaggerated so as to hide behind such protection But they are real, and to this day, there is a weekly procession in one of the plazas in Santiago, Chile, of people who lost family members to the military government 40 years later, there are still hundreds who have not been accounted for With this story, Allende hooks us, reels us in, and binds us to these characters They are funny, ecentric, tempermental, ideal, strong, weak and so muchTheir dimensionality begs us to invest in them, emotionally, so that when their lives become shaken by their setting, we are as invested in how they will deal with the challenge

  3. Kevin Ansbro Kevin Ansbro says:

    If this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great grandchildren, it will be women who make it soIsabel Allende.Phewee The House of the Spirits is a tumultuous epic which chronicles four generations of two extraordinary families.The eponymous house is large it boasts three courtyards and a Chil an version of the Addams Family.Imagine too, if you will, Barrab s, the somewhat unnatural domesticated dog horse, who was ill advisedly fed olive oil until he covered thIf this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great grandchildren, it will be women who make it soIsabel Allende.Phewee The House of the Spirits is a tumultuous epic which chronicles four generations of two extraordinary families.The eponymous house is large it boasts three courtyards and a Chil an version of the Addams Family.Imagine too, if you will, Barrab s, the somewhat unnatural domesticated dog horse, who was ill advisedly fed olive oil until he covered the house from top to bottom with diarrhoea Blurrgh Following in the giant footsteps of Gabriel Garc a M rquez, Allende lets rip with her own brand of el realismo m gico.Strong female roles abound in this captivating story, from Rosa who has the maritime grace of a mermaid , to Clara the soothsayer whose apocalyptic visions include exploding horses and cows that are hurled into the sea , and Tr nsito Soto the entrepreneurial prostitute who symbolises success in the face of adversity.A mainstay of magical realism is that characters are expected to be beautifully realised, and Allende doesn t disappoint Not for one bit Her lead goes to reluctant altruist, Esteban Trueba, whose expectations of grandeur befit his pedigree, but not his habitude.Trueba, wishing to mine for gold, takes control of a lawless chunk of godforsaken land Despite improving the social conditions of the peasants under his patronage, he becomes the most hated and feared scumbag in the entire region.When done with kicking hens, throwing tantrums and raping village girls, he expects his subordinates to show him some gratitude Seriously, what a complete arse Dichotomies abound good and evil, triumph and tragedy, and the unjustified pomposity of Trueba sets him up for a hubristic turn of events.I LOVED this novel I am a latecomer to Allende and, with this one story, she has propelled herself onto my top tier of writers.That said, the magical start to the story gradually capitulates to arealismo style and does become something of a slog at times Despite this, the craftsmanship of her writing never diminishes The sex is fleshy and sweaty and the book is simply awash with anarchists, prostitutes and tables that move just by the power of thought Ay, caramba There s even a bazooka wielding president As if that could ever happen stifles a snigger The House of the Spirits is stormy, dramatic and beautifully written I even missed it when I was away from it A self indulgent afterthoughtSo skilful was Allende s writing that she turns Trueba s Latino machismo on its head Most surprisingly, you might even end up feeling sorry for the misogynistic bastard.Those of you old enough to remember the excellent cop drama NYPD Blue might have experienced the same volte face in respect of Detective Andy Sipowicz, the corrupt, racist, homophobic, alcoholic sleazeball who slowly begins to question the values he was raised with, and thereafter begins to win our hearts and minds In my view, an unbelievably gifted piece of TV character writing that is rarely bettered

  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    When I was a kid, me and my brother used to spend most weekends at our grandparents house And most of those weekends we would watch one of the same two movies on the good ol VCR Steel Magnolias and The House of the Spirits No one seems to know the latter movie when I mention it, but it starred a bunch of impressive names Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder My memory might be painting a better picture than the truth, but me and my brother LOVED the mov When I was a kid, me and my brother used to spend most weekends at our grandparents house And most of those weekends we would watch one of the same two movies on the good ol VCR Steel Magnolias and The House of the Spirits No one seems to know the latter movie when I mention it, but it starred a bunch of impressive names Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder My memory might be painting a better picture than the truth, but me and my brother LOVED the movie.So it really kinda amazes me that it took so long for me to get my hands on the book and finally read it It s everything I can t help but love A rich family saga filled with drama, hardship, love, violence and a touch of magical realism The characters that once fascinated me in the movie have reemerged in a farcomplex and fleshed out depiction It is such an interesting story, spanning multiple generations and looking at the intricate relationships between the characters whilst the background features the post colonial political struggles of Chile.I love the beautiful and wild South American setting I love the subtly woven aspects of magical realism I love and sometimes hate the characters I am fascinated by even the politics of the novel and the huge disparities between the women who campaigned for gender equality and those who believed a husband ruled over his wife This book has everything family, politics, love, magic I always enjoy it when a novel can bring in many different elements that we love and get the balance right.My favourite character has always been Ferula played by Glenn Close in the movie I find her the most tragic character and the one most buried beneath layers of complexity, even though she isn t ever really the novel s main focusShe was one of those people who are born for the greatness of a single love, for exaggerated hatred, for apocalyptic vengeance, and for the most sublime forms of heroism, but she was unable to shape her fate to the dimensions of her amorous vocation, so it was lived out as something flat and grey that was trapped between her mother s sickroom walls, wretched tenements, and the tortured confessions with which this large, opulent, hot blooded woman made for maternity, abundance, action, and ardor was consuming herself Ferula is my favourite, but she is one in a sea of very different and interesting individuals There is, of course, Esteban Trueba He is violent, selfish and earns very little sympathy from me over the course of the novel that s not to say he isn t of interest, because he certainly is And there s his wife Clara a woman prone to bouts of clairvoyance that have dictated the direction of her life a direction she has accepted without complaint Then there s Blanca, Esteban and Clara s daughter, who falls in love with Pedro Tercero against her father s wishes and constantly defies him by pursuing the relationship.Despite the pretty cover, this book isn t without its graphic descriptions of violence and some rape scenes It isn t a nice book, but I suppose many of the best books aren t nice It is, however, a wonderful portrait of a family, spread over several generations, and it is as moving and beautiful as I d hoped Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  5. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    4.5 5Esteban, Trueba,how does your childhood grow With fear and guilt and such hard workand a love that leaves you low.In thoughts of grief and thoughts of rage,and a slump of of broken land,you will rape your heart out, Esteban,set life to your demand.Clara, Clara, clairvoyant,how does your marriage keep With magic silent and so near,to where your children sleep.When tragedy has struck your home,and the bull is in the shop,reality will find you there,your disengagement stop.Humans, humans, high 4.5 5Esteban, Trueba,how does your childhood grow With fear and guilt and such hard workand a love that leaves you low.In thoughts of grief and thoughts of rage,and a slump of of broken land,you will rape your heart out, Esteban,set life to your demand.Clara, Clara, clairvoyant,how does your marriage keep With magic silent and so near,to where your children sleep.When tragedy has struck your home,and the bull is in the shop,reality will find you there,your disengagement stop.Humans, humans, high and low,what does your life move toward To riches spun in paradise,And poor ones marching forward.When man must strain for food and work,and women for their life,the wealth grows lazy in its keep,and tensions run in strife.Politics, politics,what are your true names The search for living fair and true,the beasts of power games.When fear drives sides to action,and both believe in might,lands will burn in suffering no one escapes the light.Esteban, Trueba,you ve lived a life of pride,planted seeds of cruel revenge,and harvested in stride.You are old now, Esteban,what has your life earned A ghost, a house, a granddaughter all are scorched and burned.Esteban, Trueba,how does your country grow With driving out the communists,or dictators and woe When tragedy has snuffed your pride,and your path is lost in fear,you ll find your guidance, Esteban redemption gathers here.Reader, reader, reading here,what is this story read A tale of individuals,Small strainings birthed for dead It is one and it is all,growing ever,family framed society history at its core.Reader, reader, what is life,how does one tell it true With torture, fear, and oftentimes,death of all you knew.And yet life keeps, and yet life goes,and strength is found in you,men of hope, women strong,love and laughter too

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    276 La Casa De Los Esp ritus The House of The Spirits, Isabel AllendeThe House of the Spirits, is the debut novel of Isabel Allende The novel was rejected by several Spanish language publishers before being published in Buenos Aires in 1982 It became an instant best seller, was critically acclaimed, and catapulted Allende to literary stardom The novel was named Best Novel of the Year in Chile in 1982, and Allende received the country s Panorama Literario award The House of the Spirits has 276 La Casa De Los Esp ritus The House of The Spirits, Isabel AllendeThe House of the Spirits, is the debut novel of Isabel Allende The novel was rejected by several Spanish language publishers before being published in Buenos Aires in 1982 It became an instant best seller, was critically acclaimed, and catapulted Allende to literary stardom The novel was named Best Novel of the Year in Chile in 1982, and Allende received the country s Panorama Literario award The House of the Spirits has been translated into over 37 languages The story details the life of the Trueba family, spanning four generations, and tracing the post colonial social and political upheavals of Chile though the country s name, and the names of figures closely paralleling historical ones, such as the President or the Poet , are never explicitly given The story is told mainly from the perspective of two protagonists Esteban and Alba and incorporates elements of magical realism 2009 1368 656 9643410218 1377 1379 1385 9789643410216 1395 580 20 1377 515 964729414 1942

  7. Ariel Ariel says:

    I have never in my life read a book where SO MUCH HAPPENS AY Generation after generation of DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, AMIRITE I seriously don t know how to rate this book Personally it wasn t a favourite, I found myself overwhelmed and bombarded with so much tragedy and injustice and found no love in any of the characters, but I really appreciated so much of what happened and really enjoyed learningabout magical realism.Here s my video review of this I have never in my life read a book where SO MUCH HAPPENS AY Generation after generation of DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, AMIRITE I seriously don t know how to rate this book Personally it wasn t a favourite, I found myself overwhelmed and bombarded with so much tragedy and injustice and found no love in any of the characters, but I really appreciated so much of what happened and really enjoyed learningabout magical realism.Here s my video review of this

  8. Kimber Silver Kimber Silver says:

    In almost every family there s a fool or a crazy personIsabel Allende The House of the Spirits is set in the capital of an unnamed Latin American country during the twentieth century, and that is where I first met the del Valles Patriarch, Severo del Valle, has lofty political aspirations, but his magical, out of control family doesn t quite conform to his ideals, leading to conflicts that are both laughable and tragic Unworldly Rosa del Valle, the oldest daughter, is graced with a splIn almost every family there s a fool or a crazy personIsabel Allende The House of the Spirits is set in the capital of an unnamed Latin American country during the twentieth century, and that is where I first met the del Valles Patriarch, Severo del Valle, has lofty political aspirations, but his magical, out of control family doesn t quite conform to his ideals, leading to conflicts that are both laughable and tragic Unworldly Rosa del Valle, the oldest daughter, is graced with a splendor unmatched by any other, setting one young man on a quest to make her his own Esteban Trueba is an unlikely beau for Rosa the Beautiful, and their coming together is a stone thrown into the glassy surface of a mystical pond, whose ripples will radiate through generationsI don t generally spend my time thinking about women,mused Trueba,but only a fool could have failed to spot that apparition, who caused a stir wherever she went, and tied up traffic, with her incredible green hair, which framed her face like a fantastic hat, her fairy tale manner, and her special way of moving as if she were flying Soon, the hopeful paramour finds the path to love is hard won, and when heaven proves to be too far away, Trueba turns his eye towardearthly acquisitions.In his quest for riches, he paves a six lane highway straight to the gates of Hades Hearts in turmoil are invariably a bloody affair, whether this represents the heart of a country on the cusp of a Coup d tat or a love that can never be realizedShe felt that everything was made of glass, as fragile as a sigh, and that the machine gun fire and bombs of that unforgettable Tuesday had destroyed most of what she knew, and that all the rest had been smashed to pieces and spattered with blood Though the story is awash with strong women having to survive misogyny and adversity, Allende has a gift of tempering tragedy with just enough comedy to keep the storyline electrifying Emotional, raw, and spirited, this magical realism book was just my cup of tea.Thank you, Kevin Your fabulous review convinced me to read this marvelous tale

  9. Becky Becky says:

    2.5 stars, actually Still waiting for Goodreads to give me that half star option Let s be honest, Isabel Allende is chick lit that you re not embarrassed to read on the Metro It s got just enough faux Garcia Marquez, magical realism lite charm to fool people into thinking it s moderately intellectual I don t have a big problem with that as long as people realize what s going on because Allende is a fine storyteller This novel, her first and most famous, is a fairly traditional family sa 2.5 stars, actually Still waiting for Goodreads to give me that half star option Let s be honest, Isabel Allende is chick lit that you re not embarrassed to read on the Metro It s got just enough faux Garcia Marquez, magical realism lite charm to fool people into thinking it s moderately intellectual I don t have a big problem with that as long as people realize what s going on because Allende is a fine storyteller This novel, her first and most famous, is a fairly traditional family saga following three generations of an upper class Chilean family from the early 20th century to the Pinochet era The writing is lovely throughout, with vivid descriptions particularly of places and characters physical surroundings The book s weak spot, however, is characterization For a genre that depends so much on having the reader care deeply about the characters, Allende does a pretty poor job accomplishing that I think her main problem is that she hadn t quite yet mastered the show, don t tell rule of writing Instead of revealing Esteban Trueba s stubbornness and pride through his actions, she d just tell us, Esteban Trueba was stubborn and proud It was mostly unconvincing and made many of the characters seem flat and two dimensional, and you never really got that important sense of who they were as people Other problems Allende has always been an author who writes about strong women, but the women in this book, not so much I mean, when one male character beats his wife until her teeth fall out, her response depicted as brave by the narrator is to not talk to him for a couple years Silence is the author s idea of female empowerment and resistance huh Anyway, on top of that, the only sections of first person narration in the novel are from the point of view of the patriarch So, yeah, problematic on that level And just a nitpick, but she way overuses foreshadowing Dramatically hinting at what s going to happen a few chapters on is effective once or twice, but not over and over Well, I realize it sounds like I hated the book, but as a story it was pretty enjoyable At least the first half The second half, which tracks Chilean politics and real life events through Salvador Allende s election and Pinochet s military coup, is uninteresting and unsurprising to anyone who knows anything about 20th century Chilean history But the first half, which isof a romantic love story, is pretty good I m keeping this at 3 stars for the soft spot I have for Allende s later books, which tell stories that are I thinkunique and compelling P.S Sorry for the long review, but I spent a full month reading this book in Spanish so I feel like I ve got to get my money s worth, so to speak

  10. PorshaJo PorshaJo says:

    Wow If you look up epic family dramas, sweeping sagas you are sure to find the The House of the Spirits at the top of the list It s hard to capture what this book covers as it covers so much The story of the three generations of the Trueba family How their lives have changed over many, many years Their loves, grief, joy, family, politics, greed, desires, andI felt that there was so much heartbreak and tragedy in this story But I kept thinking about this one.even when I was not Wow If you look up epic family dramas, sweeping sagas you are sure to find the The House of the Spirits at the top of the list It s hard to capture what this book covers as it covers so much The story of the three generations of the Trueba family How their lives have changed over many, many years Their loves, grief, joy, family, politics, greed, desires, andI felt that there was so much heartbreak and tragedy in this story But I kept thinking about this one.even when I was not reading it It is beautiful I wish that I could go back and start it all over again.Esteban Trueba..hmmm, he is a monster I think Though does he ultimately redeem himself Clara.a wonderful character, who I wanted to hearabout and her talents The book touches on magical realism and it was done perfectly, weaved into the lives of each of the Trueba family members The love between Blanca and Pedro Tercero Garc a.epic Throw in a government political coup Oh I want to hearandabout these wonderful characters.I listened to this one via audio There were two narrators one male, one female It took me a bit of time to get into the flow of the narration on this one But once I did, I was captivated However, I did not care for the male narration as much, from the point of view of Esteban Trueba To me, I had a picture in my mind of Esteban and how he would speak And this voice narration was just not him Esteban was rugged, violent, jealous,..and the narration was timid and quiet and too laid back Just a nit pick on my end I just found it too jarring when the narration would switch, taking me out of my dream like trance that I was in listening to this magical book.A beautiful book that I hope to revisit one day again and savor the details of the wonderful story

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