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The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende
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The Infinite Plan (1991)

by Isabel Allende

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English (18)  Dutch (3)  Spanish (2)  Portuguese (Portugal) (1)  German (1)  French (1)  All languages (26)
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O Plano Infinito' é uma história de um homem à procura da própria identidade, de amor e de aceitação. A obra é ambientada nos Estados Unidos, nos anos 60. As barreiras do mundo americano e latino são vencidas, surgindo a história de Gregory Reeves. Acompanhando a trajetória do protagonista desde a infância até à meia-idade cheia de conflitos, a autora aborda temas como a vida dos imigrantes nos Estados Unidos; a discriminação racial, a guerra no Vietnã; o fanatismo religioso, o way of life americano, o inferno das drogas e a salvação pela psicanálise. Segundo a própria Isabel Allende, o livro revela que o importante é unir as pessoas, e não discriminá-las através de barreiras étnicas, sociais, políticas e raciais.
  melissa.gamador | Sep 5, 2014 |
i think this is the best of her fiction that i've read (i've had mixed feelings about other works of hers). the language is beautiful, the writing superb, and the story pretty captivating. parts of it in particular seemed incredibly true (a handful of pages when gregory is in vietnam specifically stood out to me) and real and i think i just appreciated this book a lot as i read it. i really liked the character of carmen but don't want to give anything about the story away, so that's all i'll say. it probably deserves 4 stars but for some reason, probably unrelated to the book, i found myself pretty distracted when reading it, in spite of liking it as i was going along. so i really liked it, but found it too easy to put down. maybe not the book's fault, but that's not too typical, so 3.5 stars. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Aug 4, 2013 |
Gregory Reeves a son of a traveling preacher who settles in the Hispanic section of Los Angeles ,grows up experiencing life as a member of a minority group within the community. Local gang members make his life a nightmare,always attacking him being the only (white) boy in the district. Eventually he finds his way out defending himself,
Gregory's life is shaped by a series of events and a lot of tragedies and misery......
his serves in the army,and witnessing all the horrors of the war,and the death of his best friend, whom he considers him his brother,and his other half ,and being raped and abused in his childhood ,this and all other sufferings leaves marks on his soul...
he loses contact with his children and ruined his marriage...
he married for a romantic vision of love,but disappointingly learns that he have mistaken physical beauty for true affection....
he finally seeks the help of a psychiatrist ,she helped him to understand himself and know the motivations of his actions...
Allende managed to focus on the darker and weaker aspects of his character,but at the same time u can’t help loving him ,understand and be tolerant with all his mistakes......

this novel is different from all other Allende previous works....
she inspired some of it’s events from the life of her husband...

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  ariesblue | Mar 31, 2013 |
A story of movement from a barrio to Vietnam to law school and back to his roots to find meaning.
  goneal | Dec 1, 2011 |
Perspicaz descripción de los EE UU y sus inmigrantes en el siglo XX que sí que interesa, pero al final resulta atiborrado de detalles insignificantes. Funciona mejor como biografía que como novela, pero como no termina de confirmarnos si es una historia verdadera o no, deja al lector bastante confundido. Menos habría sido más en este caso. ( )
  evaberry | Nov 14, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Isabel Allendeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Juan, AnaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peden, Margaret SayersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pernu, SannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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  I am alone, at dawn, on the mountaintop, Below, through the
milky mist, I see the bodies of my friends. Some that have rolled
down the slopes lie like disjointed red dolls; others are ashen
statues surprised  by the eternity of death. Stealthy shadows are climbing towards me. Silence. I wait. They Approach. I fire against dark silhouettes in black pajamas, faceless ghosts. I feel the
recoil of the machine gun; I grip it so tightly my hands burn as
incandescent lines of fire cross through the sky, but there is no
sound. The attackers have become transparent; they are not
stopped by the bullets that pass right through them, they continue
their implacable advance. I am surrounded ... Silence ...
  My own scream wakes me, and I keep screaming, screaming ...

     Gregory Reeves
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My thanks to life, for all it has given,
for all the laughter and tears I have lived ...

     Violeta Parra, Chile
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They traveled the roads and byways of the west, unhurriedly and with no set itinerary, changing their route according to the whim of the moment, the premonitory sign of a flock of birds, the lure of an unknown name.
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Le reventaba la falsa virtud de quienes se horrorizan por un delfín atrapado en una red para atunes, mientras pasaban indiferentes junto a los mendigos abandonados en las calles fingiendo no verlos
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060924985, Paperback)

Selling more than 65,000 copies and topping bestseller lists around the world -- including Spain, Germany, Italy, and Latin America -- this novel tells the engrossing story of one man's quest for love and for his soul.

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Story of Gregory Reeves's search for love and his attempt to reconcile his past which included poverty, neglect, war, and abusive relationships with his current strivings for success and peace of mind.

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