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She reveals that Clara represents her own grandmother: she also had the gift of being clairvoyant and communicating with all the spirits that entered her home by way of a three-legged table and tarot cards. Handed down this gift, Allende admits that she has had a number of meaningful dreams over the years that have influenced both her writing and family life.
The opus detailed their family saga in both good times and bad, reflecting on how the same mistakes repeated themselves through the generations. This is most evident as Allende uses the same name over again for all four women in the family: Nivea, Clara, Blanca, Alba. Each woman attempted to be as independent as her era allowed, yet falling for the society mores expected of an upper crust Chilean family.
Allende may be known for her feminist leanings, but she creates a strong, memorable male lead in Esteban Trueba. Reaching the ripe old age of ninety and telling this story alongside his grand-daughter Alba, Senator Trueba sees Chile rise, fall, and rise again. The country's hardships and successes mirror those of his own family as the Senator remains staunchly conservative even as the younger generations of his family opt for more liberal values.
Trueba in his role as patriarch sees how the world has changed and holds his family together as Chile crashes around them. Isabel fled Chile with her family and her writing has undergone changes since, depending on where she is on her life journey.
This saga remains my measuring stick against which all of her other books are rated. As long as she maintains her high level of Latina magical realism, I have no difficulties rating all of her books at least 4. He took what he wanted with no regard for others. He raped dozens of women to sate himself.
He abused his family, both emotionally and physically. He did nothing for people in need. The list goes on and on, and the author attempts to make him a sympathetic character. No, sorry, I'm not interested in reading about a person like this.
The whole book is just filled with darkness, tragedy and abuse.
Every time there is a small speck of light it is snuffed out. Clara is made out to be this holy mother, this good matriarch who takes in needy people and talks to ghosts.
It was tough to determine whether this book was going for magical realism or not- and since the rest of the book seemed like historical fiction, I'm going to go with the fact that she was just crazy.
She was mute for years as a child, and was unable to have any kind of relationship with her own children. She would disappear into her head for months at a time, roam the halls of the house and invite other crazy people over to commune with. I couldn't get a handle on her character. Blanca was a little flighty as well, and never fought for what she wanted. Jaime and Nicolas were ridiculously eccentric and obsessed with strange things.
The only good character in the whole book is Alba. She is fierce, brave, and has a constitution that I could probably never live up to. She alone is not enough to save this story, however. The writing was also a slog to get through.
It was dense with so much information that wasn't necessary, and Allende would go off on tangents and never get back to what she started the chapter talking about. Sometimes a single paragraph would take up two pages. It was just too much at times. I read every page until around page , and then I skimmed the next pages, just to get through the damn thing.
I read in full the last two chapters. I feel as though there were some good things in here. Had Esteban not been so abusive, I could have enjoyed Clara more as a character. Had the whole book just been about Alba's story, it would have been better. I did learn a lot about turn of the Century life in Latin America, and some of the political uprisings that happened. That's really all I can say here.
I need to read something happier now. This book took a toll on me. Oh my, I really didn't enjoy this one. It was supposed to be this epic family saga mixed with magical realism, but the story and its characters really didn't do anything for me. Boring as hell and nonsensical until even halfway through.
Did you ever think that someone would ever ban a book? Well they do. Books are being banned everyday and were banned decades ago.
I think that books should be banned to an extent. Majority of books are banned because they contain violence, homosexuality, and religion. Adults often ban book because they feel as though the book has controversial ideas in them.
Books are usually banned and or censored to protect people, mainly as children from difficult ideas and information. In many cases, people Did you ever think that someone would ever ban a book? In many cases, people might not think that the book shouldn't be banned it's just appropriate for older children. Books don't come with age levels like movies do. Just because there is an age level on a book doesn't mean that that age group will read that book.
Young adult and children's books seem to be the ones being challenged the most. Parents file complaints which are directed to libraries and schools. Parents should have the right to tell there children what the should and shouldn't read.
Not someone else. Certain books contain thing that they may not want there children learning about at a young age so they should read the book before the child does. Author put there hard work and time into writing books and when they find out that its banned how do you think they feel. Everyone should have the freedom to read what they want when they want to.
Books are made for reading not for banning. Parents should be in control of what there children read. Books should have age levels and should be read if there parents want them too.
Children should be supervised when reading books. Reading is educational don't try to make it a bad thing. Just not my cup of tea. I actually won a book way back, and out of the poor choices I chose this one. I figured I'd read it- it sounded amazing! And Isabel Allende had such good reviews all the time, so why not? Great mistake. I found her writing to be tedious to my personality. I couldn't get past the first pages as it failed miserably to catch my interest and was clearly not the type of literature I enjoy.
I guess I'll stick to the genres I know I enjoy from now on, because clearly my incursion Just not my cup of tea. I guess I'll stick to the genres I know I enjoy from now on, because clearly my incursion in others has failed.
Tal vez en un futuro le de otra oportunidad para poderlo disfrutar como muchos lo han hecho. Words cannot describe how I loathe this book. I think it was my least favorite book ever before Faulkner came along. It's disgusting, it's communist propoganda, and it's a complete waste of time. I came to this book from a source that I thought would mean it would be beautifully feminist, but I really have to squint at what I just read to find any sort of feminism in it.
Instead what I find is a storyline that is dominated by a despicable, misogynistic, violent man who seems to live to make every woman in his life and then some miserable. Even in his later days, when he is meant to be forgiven for his actions in the past because he has been softened by his love for his granddaughter, h I came to this book from a source that I thought would mean it would be beautifully feminist, but I really have to squint at what I just read to find any sort of feminism in it.
Even in his later days, when he is meant to be forgiven for his actions in the past because he has been softened by his love for his granddaughter, he still looks back longingly on the days when he could rape women every time he wanted sex. I have no forgiveness to give.
The story opens with a surreal introduction to the del Valle family, with young Clara who is clairvoyant, and spacey but beautiful Rosa who is revealed at her death to be a mermaid as she always was, obviously. They tell the story of the uncle who had wild adventures and his death, and how this affected Clara. The distant, omniscient narration with paragraphs that spanned pages was a struggle for me, but it was a struggle I was willing to undertake for the magical realism I was experiencing and the family of strong women I had been promised.
And then there was chapter 2. Where the man who had been Rosa's fiance', who we knew nothing about except that a young Clara went hand-in-hand with him to the funeral, was revealed to have a stalked Rosa because she was beautiful, b left his sister to care for their ailing mother because that's a woman's job, and c moved to the countryside where he raped every girl he saw and denied that the children he fathered with each of those rapes was his, except for the first, which he gave his name.
Then he came back to Rosa's family looking for a wife--because they had accepted him the first time, why not a second--and since Clara had seen that she was going to marry him, she announces that she will, no matter what we had just found out about his character.
And so it goes. Whatever strengths and bits of rebellion the women of this family show against the toxicity of maleness in their midst, it's undone by the fact that Esteban and other men do indeed overwhelm them at so many points.
If there is feminist strength in the novel, it's that the women don't let this physical, emotional, and sexual violence break them in the end.
Yet I was disturbed by the way they "get over it. When Alba is raped, she is told by another woman that she should get over it because she wasn't the only one who had been. Alba is punished for both her boyfriend's and her grandfather's sins, whereas Esteban's only punishment seems to be that he gets shorter.
Near the end, I think we finally get a woman who's gained power in her own right, and she sums the whole thing up in the last non-epilogue line: The narrative distance also makes it harder to connect to the characters. We're told--albeit in incredible detail--rather than shown many things, whether it's the feelings the characters are having, the actions they're taking, the changes that happen to them over the years.
The exceptions are when we dive into Esteban's POV. We get bits and pieces of first-person narration from him throughout. Of all the characters in the book I wanted to get inside the head of, Esteban Trueba would be the 2nd to last. The other Esteban, bastard grandchild of the "main character", proves more despicable still.
I was also disappointed by how the magical realism played out through the book. After the first chapter, it mostly centered around Clara's clairvoyance, but even this just felt thrown in from time to time to me. Other than that, and her lingering spirit after her death, I suppose it might have been more along the line of coincidences that brought characters back together again and again. But those coincidences never felt magical enough to me. That said, this is my first Latinx magical realism, and I could just be influenced by what I expected from it and what Americans think it is versus what the reality of the genre is.
Recommended for fans of: I had to stop reading at page 71 of after spending three weeks trying to slog through this book. My main problem with it was the exhausting amount of information it tries to deliver to the reader, for seemingly no reason: I have no idea what this book is about. Did I really need to read 20 pages on a random uncle whose only role within the I had to stop reading at page 71 of after spending three weeks trying to slog through this book.
Did I really need to read 20 pages on a random uncle whose only role within the story seemed to be that of bringing a massive dog into the family?
Did I need to read the lists of supplies a man who runs a farm sends to his family in the city? Does there really need to be such an in-depth description of each and every location?
As far as I can tell, no.
Trying to read this book was like trying to read through a laundry list of things that happened to someone that will ultimately amount to nothing. I was, to put it frankly, bored. My tipping point was when Esteban Trueba, the protagonist or one of the protagonists? I never figured it out , was described raping several women and killing men without any consequence not even that of feeling anything remotely like guilt. Being a good person does not necessarily a compelling protagonist make, however this was going too far for me, particularly since I still didn't know what the book was about and hence couldn't know whether to expect some sort of arc that would bring justice to his victims or at least try to redeem him in some way.
I have no idea why this book is rated so high because it missed the mark so many time. It had potential, but is a flop. The most interesting thing the book has going for it, is that it's set in a time of Chilean history that is incredibly interesting politically.
Secondly, the characters lac I have no idea why this book is rated so high because it missed the mark so many time. Secondly, the characters lack depth. They are all so simple and extreme exaggeration that it's hard to take serious and there are just too many story lines and a lot of them don't get completely resolved. It kind of felt like the author was throwing everything at the wall to see what would stick. And lastly, how could a premise so intriguing wind up so boring?
It's really frustrating. This book was multigenerational, political, romantic, intriguing and had hints of magic. Why was it so dull? Esteban is a disgusting delusional rapist human being, and I'm not entirely sure if the author meant for him to be viewed as multi-dimensional, or unreliable narrator, or it's just bad writing, or what, but he isn't a character I want to follow in the least. Specific animal cruelty details in the spoiler tag: Later he kicks a chicken so hard it bleeds to death while he watches.
The switching between 1st and 3rd person made the narrative very jumpy, as did the frequent infodump about the wider world, distancing the reader from the characters. How disappointing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I read a fair ways into this book and while there were many aspects of the storytelling and characters I enjoyed, I eventually had to call it quits.
Every time I thought we had moved past rape, abuse and sexual violence, it was there again. It just twisted my stomach and made the story too sickening for me to follow and enjoy. If those kinds of subjects being handled in a soft-spoken way and in a book where there is no recognition for the seriousness of the events partially due to the nature of I read a fair ways into this book and while there were many aspects of the storytelling and characters I enjoyed, I eventually had to call it quits.
If those kinds of subjects being handled in a soft-spoken way and in a book where there is no recognition for the seriousness of the events partially due to the nature of who is narrating the story then you may well enjoy it. Wow, I really hated this book.
It seems like the exact kind of thing I would like. It has an exotic setting—a kind of magical Chile. It has weird characters that should be entertaining. These are the most unlikeable people in the universe of books. The writing style is fairy tale-like, usually third person. Until halfway through the book we only know the characters through their actions, so there is no mitigating personality to bring them to life. B Wow, I really hated this book. I made it seven chapters in—about halfway—before throwing in the towel.
I listened to the end in case something redeeming might have happened. No, I just really hate this book. A huge disappointment. The comparisons with a hundred years of solitude that so many make, possibly contributed to this feeling, as it set my expectations quite high.