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De amor y de sombra (original 1984; edition 2012)

by ISABEL ALLENDE

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Title:De amor y de sombra
Authors:ISABEL ALLENDE
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Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende (1984)

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A book of the Revolution in a Latin American country that went unnamed in the book, this deals with the brutal side of government takeovers & crimes against the people. Irene is a journalist for a women's magazine, Francisco her photographer. Irene comes from a formerly well to do family, but her father became one of "the disappeared ones", & in order to make ends meet, turned the entire bottom floor of the hacienda into a home for the elderly. They are a cast of characters all their own. Irene is engaged to Gustavo, a Captain in the armed forces there, but falls in love with Francisco.

There are so many tales of characters that become interwoven in this story, including the 2 Evangelinas, switched at birth, given to different mothers who knew each other, but were not permitted to switch their daughters back, so they both gave them the same names, & the families each treated the girls like sisters, & the girls always knew about the switch. Very strange substory there.

All in all, this story doesn't disappoint. The richness of the story, the way in which Allende writes about the people of this land, the families, the hardships, the brutality of the dictator's regime, the shocking violence of the takeover, & the propaganda that is spun while unspeakable things happen can be a lesson for all of today. ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 11, 2014 |
A moving and enjoyable story. The story-line is relatively simple compared to some of Allende's other books, but nonetheless shines a light on the human condition. ( )
  sbsolter | Feb 6, 2014 |
This was my introduction to Isabel Allende ... a great novel about the disappeared persons(los desaparecidos) of a Latin American dictatorship. I love Allende's writing style ... it was hard to put this one down. ( )
  purplehena | Mar 31, 2013 |
A magnificent novel of love and justice. ( )
  Tifi | Feb 12, 2011 |
Imagine that you have been invited to a dinner party in a different country. You are not acquainted with any of the guests, but, upon arriving, you find them to be a most diverse and lively group, encompassing rich and poor, young and old, lovable and detestable. You seat yourself at the table among them and for hours they make conversation with you, allowing you intimate glimpses into their innermost secrets, fears and desires. Eventually, once night has long since fallen and you have begun to yawn and glance at your watch, your hostess finally remembers her obligation to provide some sort of food, and rustles up a brief, unremarkable meal before bidding you all goodnight. Imagine all of this, and you will have some idea what it is like to read Isabel Allende's Of Love and Shadows, which is all very well and good – if you like that sort of thing.

The book begins well enough, introducing a rich cast of characters and painting a lifelike picture of a South American dictatorship. The promising orientation is carried out with care and perceptiveness, delving deep into the lives of the characters and fleshing out their personalities convincingly. This, however, is about far as Allende goes towards writing a novel. It soon becomes clear that Of Love and Shadows is firmly stuck in orientation mode, and intent on staying there for nearly two hundred pages. In the absence of a plot, the novel languishes and meanders aimlessly through page after page of text, in thick, merciless slabs which are sure to try the patience of even the most resolute readers.

By the time the plot finally kicked in, it was too late. I had been switched off so completely that nothing Allende wrote could switch me back on again. I cannot fault the quality of the writing, (apart from the occasional paragraph of florid melodrama,) but reading it was still like wading through treacle, counting down the pages until I could move on and read something else!

If you can derive enjoyment from endless anecdotes and character descriptions, then congratulations; you are much more patient than I. If, on the other hand, you prefer books with storylines, then take my advice: steer well clear of Of Love and Shadows. ( )
1 vote SamuelW | Jun 16, 2009 |
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Only love with its science makes us so innocent.
 - Violeta Parra
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Dit is het verhaal van een vrouw en een man die elkaar onmetelijk lief hadden en zo konden ontsnappen aan de alledaagsheid van het bestaan. Ik heb het in mijn geheugen gegrift en gekoesterd, zodat de tijd het niet zou uitwissen en pas nu, in de sprakeloze nachten van deze plaats, kan ik het eindelijk vertellen. Dat doe ik voor hen en voor anderen die mij hun levensgeschiedenissen hebben toevertrouwd en tegen mij zeiden: hier, schrijf op, opdat ze niet vervliegen in de tijd. - I.A.
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The first sunny day of spring evaporated the dampness that had accumulated in the soil through the winter months, and warmed the fragile bones of old people who now could stroll the gentle orthopedic paths of the garden.
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"This is the story of a woman and a man who loved one another so deeply that they saved themselves from a banal existence. I have carried it in my memory, guarding it carefully so it would not be eroded by time, and it is only now, in the silent nights of this place, that I can finally tell it. I do it for them, and for others who have confided their lives to me, saying: Here, write it, or it will be erased by the wind."
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„Tai istorija apie moterį ir vyrą, kurie be atodairos mylėjo vienas kitą ir taip gelbėjosi nuo tuščios būties. Laikiau ją savo atmintyje, saugojau, kad laikas neišdildytų, ir tik dabar, būdama čia, tyliomis naktimis jau galiu ją papasakoti. Padarysiu tai dėl jų ir dėl kitų, kurie patikėjo man savo gyvenimo paslaptį sakydami: imk, rašyk, kad jos neišpustytų vėjas.“ Tie gražūs žodžiai leidžia suprasti knygą, kurioje vaizduotė ir tikrovė plaukia lygia greta. „Apie meilę ir šešėlius“, antrasis Isabelės Allendės romanas, apdainuoja meilę ir viltį. Pagrįstas tikrais faktais, kuriuos meistriška autorės plunksna pavertė nepamirštamu romanu, tas aistringas pasakojimas buvo ekranizuotas, pagal jį pastatytas didelio pasisekimo pasaulyje sulaukęs filmas, kuriame vaidina Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Connely ir Stefanija Sandrelli.

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Beautiful and headstrong, Irene Beltrán works as a magazine journalist—a profession that belies her privileged upbringing and her engagement to an army captain. Her investigative partner is photographer Francisco Leal, the son of impoverished Spanish Marxist émigrés. Together, they form an unlikely but inseparable team—and Francisco quickly falls in love with the fierce and loyal Irene. When an assignment leads them to a young girl whom locals believe to possess miraculous powers, they uncover an unspeakable crime perpetrated by an oppressive regime. Determined to reveal the truth in a nation overrun by terror and violence, each will risk everything to find justice—and, ultimately, to embrace the passion and fervor that binds them.

Profoundly moving and ultimately uplifting, Of Love and Shadows is a tale of romance, bravery, and tragedy, set against the indelible backdrop of a country ruled with an iron fist—and peopled with those who dare to challenge it.

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"Isabel Allende transports us to a Latin American country in the grip of a military dictatorship, where Irene Beltran, an upper-class journalist, and Francisco Leal, photographer son of a Marxist professor, together discover a hideous crime. They also discover how far they dare go in search of the truth in a nation of terror, and how very much they risk."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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