Book Review: The House of the Spirits

Book Review: The House of the SpiritsLa Casa de Los Espiritus
by Isabel Allende
on January 3, 2017
Pages: 560
Published by Vintage Espanol
Genres: Libros en Español, Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, Multicultural

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.

Mi Punto de Vista

“Esa noche creí que había perdido para siempre la capacidad de enamorarme, que nunca más podría reírme ni perseguir una ilusión. Pero nunca más es mucho tiempo.”
La casa de los espíritus, Isabel Allende

La casa de los espíritus es el primer libro que leo de la escritora, Isabel Allende, pero no será el último. No sé por qué tarde tanto en leer unas de sus obras, pero mejor tarde que nunca. La casa de los espíritus es el primer libro escrito por Allende y fue publicado en 1982. La novela es considerada un clásico de la literatura latino americana y ha sido traducida en más de 37 idiomas. La historia cubre varias generaciones de la familia Trueba y Del Valle, donde las mujeres de la familia tienen una gran presencia. En La casa de los espíritus, Allende nos trae un realismo espectacular, narrando una historia compleja, que incluye política, dictadura, religión, militarismo y por supuesto romance. Para mí es una historia magnífica e inolvidable donde aprendí mucho sobre la historia tumultuosa de Chile. Los detalles y narrativa son tan descriptiva que te hacen sentir que eres parte de la familia Trueba donde sientes sus alegrías y tragedias. Sin duda este es un libro espléndido y muy bien escrito. Allende nos atrapa con su historia de varias generaciones y una que no podrás olvidar fácilmente. La familia Trueba, en especial, Clara, Blanca y Alba quedaran conmigo por mucho tiempo. Agradezco a mi club de lectura por elegir este clásico. Separadamente: pienso que esta novela haría una fantástica miniserie (con actores latinos y por supuesto en español).

My Takeaway

“That night I thought I had lost my ability to love forever, that I would never laugh again or pursue an illusion. But never is a long time.”
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits is the first book I’ve read by Isabel Allende, but it will definitely not be my last! Don’t ask me why it took me this long to read her work, but better late than never. This historical novel is Allende’s first book and was published in Spanish in 1982. The novel is considered a Latin American literary classic and has been translated in over 37 languages. The story covers several generations of the Trueba and Del Valle families, with a large presence of the women of the family. In The House of the Spirits, Allende brings us spectacular realism, a complex story, which includes politics, dictatorship, religion, militarism and of course love. The details and narrative are so descriptive it makes you feel you are part of the Trueba family because you feel their joys and tragedies. Without a doubt, it is an unforgettable and magnificent book where I learned greatly about the tumultuous Chilean history. Allende takes hold with her splendid story of generations and one you will not easily forget. The Trueba family — especially Clara, Blanca and Alba will stay with me for a very long time. A shout out and huge thanks to my wonderful book club (LIT on H St) for picking this classic. On a side note: I believe this novel would make a fantastic mini-series (with Latino actors and in Spanish). What is your favorite Allende book?

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