The House of the Spirits
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About the Author
Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.
"The only cause The House of the Spirits embraces is that of humanity, and it does so with such passion, humor, and wisdom that in the end it transcends politics...The result is a novel of force and charm, spaciousness and vigor."--Jonathan Yardley "The Washington Post "
"Both an engrossing narrative and an impassioned testimony to the people of Chile... Allende has her own distinctive voice [with] a whimsical charm...Richly and meticulously detailed."--Publishers Weekly
"There are few trips more thrilling than those taken in the imagination of a brilliant novelist. That experience is available in The House of the Spirits ... The characters, their joys and their anguish, could not be more contemporary or immediate."--Cosmopolitan
"An alluring, sometimes magical tale...In its tumultuous story of rebellion and love among three generations, it is an allegory in which any family should be able to recognize a bit of itself."--The Wall Street Journal
"Nothing short of astonishing... Isabel Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between past and present, family and nation, city and country, spiritual and political values. She has done so with enormous imagination, sensitivity, and compassion."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Moving and powerful...Her novel captivates and holds the reader throughout...The House of the Spirits is full of marvelous and unforgettable women who add a special dimension to the book."--The Christian Science Monitor
"Allende is a talented writer who deftly uses the techniques of magical realism but also shows great sensitivity in the delineation of character."--Library Journal
"A vivid, absorbing work of art . . . [Allende's] characters are fascinatingly detailed and human."--People
"Magnificent...Imaginative and compelling...A truly enchanting world where hope is never lost."--Detroit News