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The House of the Spirits
The House of the Spirits: A Novel | Isabel Allende
The unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the worlds most gifted and imaginative storytellersnow available for the first time as an ebook.The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future. One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.
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Littlewolf1
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Mehso-so

3.5⭐️ was it a great book; surprisingly for the most part yes. What I struggled with was the character development; or rather the lack of accuracy in that development. I was told what the character was like but never actually shown by character behavior. It didn‘t match and it just felt off. The author did a lot of foreshadowing too that wasn‘t necessary.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Pickpick

This book came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Brilliant writing, and a book that will have you laughing with joy and weeping with sorrow. A multi-generational book that I truly wished never ended. I loved it!

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SusanLee
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#bookmoods #silence @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
I have not read before but the cover is lovely!

Eggs Nice 🖤🖤 3mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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This book also comes highly recommended 😍

Suet624 Definitely 3mo
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MinnieTimperley
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The House of Spirits is generationally epic. Allende weaves a story riding on the backbone of a protagonist you should hate but can't (the way you would a troublesome grandfather). She tells rich stories of minor characters in paragraphs and sets the whole thing against an impressioniat painting of real world events and political upheaval. A masterpiece.

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MinnieTimperley
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This is a tongue in cheek dig at Gabriel García Márquez, isn't it?

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MinnieTimperley
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This was highly recommended on the second series of The Graham Norton Book Club. 156 pages in and loving it.

jen_the_scribe This is my favorite book ever. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it 😊 6mo
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wisherwishinguponastar
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So much of this book made me feel such strong emotions that I think the impact of reading this story will be positive in the future once I get past the anger that was built up in me from page one. Allende has a power to make the reader feel absolute joy one page and then bottomless sorrow the next. My annotations hopefully illustrate my feelings without getting too preachy! #LMPBC #groupr #magicalrealism #bookjournal

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HeyT
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Time certainly flew this month. I didn‘t manage to finish either draw because work got intense for like a week and a half. I‘m still super excited to see what the new picks will be though. As always I‘ve kept the same list with two new books to replace the previously drawn. The newcomers this month are the tagged and Dragonbone Chair. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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wisherwishinguponastar
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“It was a world in which time was not marked by calendars or watches and objects had a life of their own, in which apparitions sat at the table and conversed with human beings, the past and the future formed part of a single unit, and the reality of the present was a kaleidoscope of jumbled mirrors where everything and anything could happen.” #lmpbc #groupr #magcialrealism

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo! 6mo
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MinnieTimperley
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If it wasn't for Graham Norton's Book Club, I know this would not have been on my radar. I don't know how I have somehow never come across Allende, but after hearing such rave reviews I can't wait to begin.

BkClubCare Graham has a book club?! 8mo
MinnieTimperley Yes @BkClubCare on Audible. There are two series. 7mo
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wisherwishinguponastar
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I am so excited to be reading more #magicalrealism with you guys! Let me know if you see anything interesting of my picks for #lmpbc ! #teamr #groupr

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Littlewolf1 I am reading Ten Thousand Doors of January this month for a book club, but I‘m open to any of the other 8mo
Hazel2019 Oooh I‘d love to read the house of the spirits. That would be my number one pick. 8mo
Pogue I read Ten Thousand Doors of January in January :). But I have not read any of the others. 8mo
wisherwishinguponastar Sounds like “House of Spirits” it is! 8mo
Hazel2019 Yay! 8mo
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Mtroiano
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Cozy blanket, breakfast, and a book. I love a slow morning.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Excited for another month of #bookspin! Here is my list for November. #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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swynn
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A multigenerational family drama, set in Chile in the years leading up to Pinochet's military coup in the early 1970s. I admire the rich prose, the engaging storytelling, and the nuanced characters, though themes of sexual violence were difficult to stomach. It's a terrific book I hope to never read again.

This is my #BookSpin for May, also the 8♠️ for #TBRDeckOfCards: a historical novel in translation.

@TheAromaofBooks
@Clwojick

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swynn
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My #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin reads for May. The first is also my next #TBRDeckOfCards read: a historical novel in translation. The other is also a translation, from a 1922 French adventure novel. Looking forward to both. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks !

Suet624 Allende. ❤️❤️ 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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JenniferP
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My reading spot today. #safetravels #springbreak

BarbaraBB That looks perfect for a spring break. I loved the book by the way, but read it a lifetime ago. 2y
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Katherineteale
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“At times I feel as if I lived all this before and that I have already written these very words, but I know it was not I: it was another woman, who kept her notebooks so that one day I could use them. I write, she wrote, that memory is fragile and the space of a single life is brief, passing so quickly...”

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brandierickson
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It took me a bit to really get into the story, but once I did I was entranced. The prose is amazing and I love reading multigenerational stories set in places I don‘t know.

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Scochrane26
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1) Getting in my #bookspinbingo at the last minute.
2) Banned book
3) This is my first Allende book. Took awhile to get into this multi-generational story of a family in Chile, but the ending is really great. The family has many struggles, some of them their own fault, but it ends on a hopeful note. The political turmoil is the backdrop, then takes center stage in the last bit. This story will stick with me. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Yay bingo!!! 2y
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Scochrane26

“He was frightened by the violent turn the struggle had taken, polarizing everyone into two extremes and leaving the center to a flighty, indecisive group that was waiting to see who the winner might be so they could vote for him. “
—this book has some politics that are way too similar to present day.

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GatheringBooks
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GatheringBooks
House of the Spirits | Isabel Allende
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#AugustAuthors Day 7: I do have a stack of #IsabelAllende novels in my Women-Author-Bookshelf. I devoured her house of the spirits/eva luna period. I still have to catch up with her more recent novels.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got several that I haven‘t read yet!! 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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I loved the tagged book so much when I first read it.

ChasingOm I think this one is going to be my first Allende fiction! 2y
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amyrohn
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Giving this one a reread for book club this month and it‘s just as amazing as when I read it in high school.

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Qpri
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Good morning y‘all! We had AC installed yesterday, and woke up to a chilly 58degF windy morning 🤦‍♀️ Def some spirits at work here! 😜

SamanthaMarie Isn't that the way it goes?! 🥴🤣 nice looking day though 😊 2y
Qpri Haha yes! Sadly, it‘s perfect lol. No need for hvac 😂 2y
Chelsea.Poole Cutest mug ever! 2y
Qpri @Chelsea.Poole Wooooo!! Thank you :) 2y
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perfectsinner
Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this. I was hoping to like it more than I did. 2.5 stars

Curiouser_and_curiouser I have this one of hers. I'm not confident in reading any of her books tbh but I have 3 of hers as she still stands out for me. She is also a prolific author and one of her books is on Oprah's book club list, so I'll still get around to reading them one day. Thanks for the review! 2y
perfectsinner @Curiouser_and_curiouser you're welcome! Happy reading! 2y
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perfectsinner

Enjoying so far

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MallenNC
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Isabel Allende is a #SouthAmericanauthor I‘ve always been aware of but have not yet read. #BiblioMAYnia

OriginalCyn620 She‘s been a popular choice today! I‘ve never read anything by her either. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#BiblioMAYnia This #SouthAmericanAuthor is a Chilean whose novels are often based upon her personal experience and historical events, and prominently feature the lives of women. Some of the books contain elements of magical realism. The tagged book is the only book of hers I‘ve read.

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
BiblioLitten Did you like this book? Would you recommend it? 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @BiblioLitten If magical realism is your thing, you‘ll probably enjoy it. 2y
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Kathrin
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Following the life of the Trueba family patriarch this book is More than just a family drama, but the history of a country.

Recently I have been on a little Allende kick and I am amazed that this was actually her first book.

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Kathrin
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#audiopuzzling

Good book, beautiful puzzle...

tpixie Lovely 2y
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Kathrin
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This is a little confusing, because I recently finished "Portrait in Sepia" and a lot of the characters are in this book as well. But then I see that this one has been published first, but chronologically this one should be later because Clara is already seven.... confusing...

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Tianarose
Bailedbailed

Umm just couldn‘t get past this dude‘s treatment of woman! What an a**

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hilded
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#Ispy with my little eye for @Texreader some pink covers on my shelf 🌸🌷🌺

I would love to see some yellow covers to get that Easter feeling @Marina_h & @Kalalalatja 🐣

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Tianarose
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New hold available! Whoo hoo!

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RidgewayGirl
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Pickpick

Gorgeous, intricate and confounding. I can‘t believe it took me so long to discover this brilliant novel!

BarbaraBB I absolutely loved this one when I read it in the 90s. I am happy it is still a relevant book today! 3y
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MeatPiie
House of the Spirits | Isabel Allende
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Recuerdo haberlo leído en secundaria: es un libro que se lee fácilmente, y la historia te captura.
Definitivamente hay que leerlo!
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TheBookAddict ¡Uno de mis favoritos! 3y
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NotLiketheRoad
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Coleen_Nieto @NotLiketheRoad one of my very favorite books! 3y
Buechersuechtling What a wonderful mug‼️😍 3y
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NotLiketheRoad
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NotLiketheRoad
House of the Spirits | Isabel Allende
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Buechersuechtling Understandable. For me, this was a book to remember even though I didn‘t know it was a book when I saw the film 🎞 years/ages ago. As I later stumbled over the book in my library it was no question I took it home. Even though I had the pictures and looks of the people in me while reading that didn‘t disturb me. I found it helpful in the parts that were more intense in the book than in the film. Enjoy‼️ (edited) 3y
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Violetta
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day4

@MeganMadsen, would you like to join in and show your favorite covers without explanations? 😊

Come-read-with-me @Violetta This cover is stunning! 😍 3y
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EadieB
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Day 11 - #Spirit #SoulSeptember

This book is one of my favorite books by Isabel Allende. I found her writing to be very captivating and full of magical realism. Her prose is beautiful as she tells the story of four generations of women. It almost seems autobiographical of Allende‘s life. It is easy to become attached to these four main characters and to become emotionally involved in their lives.

#IsabelAllende #TheHouseoftheSpirits

Scochrane26 I just bought this book last week. 3y
EadieB @Scochrane26 Time to read it! Serendipity! 3y
Scochrane26 @EadieB I‘ve read & loved Like Water for Chocolate & keep thinking I‘ll get more of hers at the library. But, I decided it sounded good enough to buy. 3y
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EadieB @Scochrane26 I think Like Water for Chocolate was written by Laura Esquivel. You lucked out because Isabel Allende is a much better writer. You have to read Paula which is a tribute to her dying daughter. 3y
Eggs Sounds so good 📚👏🏻 3y
EadieB @Eggs Very good book by an excellent writer! 3y
Scochrane26 @EadieB oh yeah, you‘re right! I know I have intended to read house of the spirits because it‘s often listed as a classic. 3y
EadieB @Scochrane26 Yes, It is on many lists for a book you should read! 3y
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MelKelsey
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Well-written, a complex story of family relationships and hardships. I enjoyed listening to this a lot more than In the Midst of Winter. Thanks for the recommendation, Diana Janopaul!

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funnypages
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Geez Louise, this book took forever to finish. My boyfriend and I took to calling the author “Isabel No-ende”. A single paragraph will cross over two pages; sometimes the paragraph consisted of one sentence. But by golly, it was good. A generational saga taking place in an unnamed country, but very Chile-like, sweeps through history with a vibrant, magical, incredibly wordy brush. Recommended, but make yourself comfortable. You‘ll be there awhile.

Reggie Lolol no ende 3y
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jen_the_scribe
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Thanks for tagging me @Ddzmini Picking my #top6reads was difficult! I decided to do 3 nonfiction and 3 fiction. I loved the entire Infernal Devices trilogy, but had to choose only one to make room for my all time favorite book (tagged) and The Alchemist.

Now, tag! You're it @Lova @audraelizabeth @RainyDayReading @Charityann

Ddzmini Your welcome 🙏 how was Isabel Allende‘s book 📖 😋 (edited) 3y
jen_the_scribe @Ddzmini It's my favorite book. It has a little bit of everything: family drama, marital drama, political drama, and elements of magic. I've read several books of hers, she's an amazing writer. 3y
Ddzmini I‘m going to have to read it 📖😋 3y
jen_the_scribe @Ddzmini You definitely should! 😊 3y
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jen_the_scribe

My favorite author and my favorite book of all time. It has something for everyone. Political drama, family drama, a forbidden love story, all with an element of magic intertwined. Beautifully written.

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Vulpixen
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This book was so beautiful and heartbreaking. What a wonderful exploration of family through the generations, with all of the flaws of those people and the heartache that can plague a family during that time. Power and colonialism are huge themes, and I think they are dealt with well. It can be hard to read sometimes because a lot of what happens is horrible, but it‘s worth it in the end. When I finished I was actually shaking. Highly recommend.