La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits)

La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits)

by Isabel Allende

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La Casa de los Espíritus 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Jennifer Townsend More than 1 year ago
There needs to be an English option for this text.
boogiedowndiva More than 1 year ago
Barnes & Noble - where's the English version of this book? C'mon! This is one of the greats!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yo le¿ este libro hace 18 a¿os y me encanto tanto que durante los a¿os lo he leido otras veces m¿s vi la pelicula pero nada como leer el libro con todos sus detalles. Mis felicitaciones para la escritora Isabel Allende por esta obra maestra de la literatura y si deberian de tener una versi¿n en ingl¿s haci mi esposo podr¿a leerla.
mmoleon More than 1 year ago
Isabel Allende ha escrito muchísimos libros. La casa de los espíritus fue el primero que leí y creo que sigue siendo el mejor de todoss, en otras obras encontró su propio estilo, aquí se respira la influencia de García Marquez. El trasfondo político no quiebra el ritmo de la historia. Los personajes están muy bien delineados. Son y serán antológicos.
carlosmock 6 months ago
La Casa de los Espíritus -- The House of Spirits -- Spanish edition. Spoiler alert! When Isabel Allende's grandfather was dying at 100 years old, Allende started writing a letter that became this book. It is a historical fiction laced with magical realism that tells the story of the Trueba and the Del Valle families. Esteban Trueba is in love with Rosa del Valle. Rosa's sister, Clara del Valle, has paranormal powers and keeps a detailed diary of her life. Using her powers, Clara predicts an accidental death in the family. Shortly after this, Clara's sister, Rosa the Beautiful, is killed by poison intended for her father who is running for the Senate. Esteban had gone to work in the mines of the north--to gain fortune and be deserving of Rosa. As he learns of her death, he's destroyed. Nevertheless, he goes to his family farm--Las Tres Marías--and makes a fortune. Clara had stopped talking after Rosa's death but 10 years later, she announces that Esteban will marry her. Clara gives birth to a daughter named Blanca and later, to twin boys Jaime and Nicolás. Unfortunately, Esteban had multiple affairs with his farm help and sired many children, one of which, Esteban García has a son, also names Esteban García, who will later hurt his grandfather and Alba, Esteban's grandaughter. Blanca falls for Pedro Tercero, the son of Pedro Segundo--the foreman of Las Tres Marías. She gets pregnant and is forced to marry a homosexual count, Jean de Santigny. Obviously he never touches Blanca and after finds out what her husband is up to, she flees to the family house in the capital and delivers Alba, her daughter. Esteban becomes a prominent and powerful conservative Senator, not knowing that Blanca and Pedro Tercero are leftists. As Esteban finds out about Pedro Tercero and Blanca he gets moments if severe rage, thus alienating his wife and daughter. The book then turns to the election of Salvador Allende--Isabel Allende's cousin--which is addressed as "The Candidate." Trueba goes crazy because his fear of a communist Chile is being realized. He uses his influence to destroy Chile's economy and later arranges for the CIA led coup that killed Allende. Unfortunately, once the junta takes over, Pinochet does not want to release his power and severe persecution of the leftists ensues. Blanca and Pedro Tercero are taken to the Vatican's embassy where they are given passage to Canada. Alba is in love with Miguel--the leader student uprising and Alba is captured by Esteban García--now a Coronel who tortures her for several months. A gruesome description of all the atrocities is described through Alba. Esteban Trueba, tired and almost powerless has to beg Tránsito Soto, a madam/prostitute for help getting Alba free. Esteban had loaned 50 pesos to Tránsito when she was a young woman. Tránsito gets Alba out of jail and after being home Alba and her father write the book. The book is narrated from the first-person point of view of both Esteban and Alba with a universal third-person point of view for most of the story. It has elements of magical realism--as per Clara's abilities and the constant appearances of spirits. It has very long run-on sentences and very long paragraphs. It reminded me of A Hundred Years of solitude, except that it only covers four generations instead of six. It traces the post-colonial social and political upheavals of Chile – though the country's name and the names of figures closely paralleling historical ones, such as "the Presid
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This is an important, passionate, political story! I believe that "the president" Isabel Allende refers to is Salvador Allende and "the poet" is Pablo Neruda. A magnificent exquisite read.
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Buenisimo! Brillante. Amo leer y este difinitivamente fue el mejor. Hace pensar tanto sobre la vida; el amor; la familia; la decepcion; y sobre todo, la realidad de nuestras vidas. Este libro lo llevare toda la vida.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Describe el circulo vicioso entre el poder y la avaricia de aquellos altos rangos de sociedad y la ignorancia y el abuso de los desvalidos, todo envuelto en una nube politica que solo beneficia a aquellos en el poder. La prosa bien escrita te transporta a momentos magicos, sublimes, que contrasta con la cruel realidad de la lucha por la decencia y sobrevivencia.
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carola13 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading this book, its great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite stories of all times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading.... I coulnt let go. I really enjoyed it.
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Loved it
luisillodonacimento More than 1 year ago
Es bueno, pero por momentos se parece demasiado a Cien Años de Soledad de García Marquez, pierde ritmo a mitad de la novela, pero el final es buenisimo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago