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Magic turns sour,
This review is from: The House Of The Spirits (Paperback)
This is a pretty incredible book from Allende - the only thing that stops me giving it five stars is a somewhat unnecessary occasional swap in narrative from third to first person.
This Peruvian author is very much in the Marquez tradition - a cast of bizarre characters telling a story that covers generations and includes psychic abilities, ghosts and bizarre accidents.
What makes this book special is how it takes your affection for this family from the unusual to the deeply serious, as revolution ravages the country. The final 150 pages or so are harrowing stuff, and deeply affect you.
The plot is compelling, the characters brilliantly drawn, and an amazing achievement for a first novel.
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Initial post: 14 May 2009 14:58:00 BDT
G. Garcia says:
She is Chilean...
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2010 21:10:05 BDT
She was actually born in Peru and grew up in Chile.
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