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The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende

Published: 2005-08-30
Paperback : 433 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 ...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

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  "We all enjoyed this one."by teatime (see profile) 09/30/16

Wonderful story telling. What an adventure. We watched the movie and then talked more about the book.

 
  "House of Spirits"by czvonek (see profile) 05/02/15

Powerful novel spanning the lifetime of three generations of a family with much undercurrent of humor, analogy, and respect for humanity. A must read for clubs who like intellectual novels more than quick... (read more)

 
  "A good read but..."by Alison8641 (see profile) 11/15/13

Our group agreed that we all liked the book but that it was a bit tough to get through. Kind of slow going. Lots to discuss, mysticism, women's roles, class struggles and nature of love.

 
  "The House of the Spirits"by seashell723 (see profile) 10/18/13

Possibly because it is a translation...the book is poorly written with page after page of without any paragraphs, and filled with run on sentences. Characters are more like caricatures, draw... (read more)

 
  "Amazing story"by avanben (see profile) 03/31/09

This is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read and was adored by every member of my book club. Allende juxtaposes a fictional story of three generations of the discordant Trueba ... (read more)

 
  "A very odd book with a cast of very odd characters."by LezlieSS (see profile) 09/09/08

Most members of our book club did not particularly enjoy the book. It is a translation of a novel that takes place somewhere in South America. The characters are very strange and not too likable. The... (read more)

 
  "Interesting Read"by daguerra (see profile) 06/27/08

 
  "Passion; Betrayl; Romance & Intrigue"by elahenaz (see profile) 01/29/08

a novel through generations. A Must read. A

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