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The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
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The House of the Spirits (1982)

by Isabel Allende

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I've read the portuguese translation of this book. ( )
  georgeslacombe | Feb 24, 2014 |
I like realistic fiction and I like fantasy, but for some reason, the Latin American magical realism novels don't move me. Whether it's Paulo Coehlo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Allende, after the finish the book, I don't feel that moved. I love Salman Rushdie and Haruki Murakami, so I don't think it's a complete disconnect with magical realism.

I was hopeful with this book - an epic story about a family whose lives are filled with hardship and tragedy. Sounds like my type of book. But for these stories to really grab me, I have to feel some kind of connection with the characters. They seemed too stereotyped or flat - either they were cruel or noble, or stoic, but I didn't get beyond the simple descriptions. Will keep on trying on this genre though... ( )
1 vote jmoncton | Nov 17, 2013 |
I found myself wondering what this literature novel was going to inspire me with. For the first 2/3 of the book, all that is shown to the reader is a history of a numerous generations of one family and the trials and tribulations they go through, throughout time. However, once I reached the end, everything fell into place. The disturbing mindset that I was wasting my time reading this book which had haunted me up until this point vanished, and instead left me with a lesson that I actually hold quite dear now.

As for a recommendation, I would only suggest beloved readers of literature to dive into this novel's world. Though, I am not insinuating that others would not appreciate this novel, I am just assuming it may be more difficult for them to get through it.

It turned out to be quite an exceptional book. It exceeded all of my expectations and, even though it was difficult to grasp in the beginning, left me something wonderful to ponder and share with the people around me. ( )
  bposinger | Nov 4, 2013 |
Une formidable histoire de famille sur plusieurs générations racontée avec un humour décapant. Le récit s'inscrit dans un contexte historique: le Chili au début du vingtième siècle, qui permet de découvrir une époque et un pays de façon insolite. ( )
  Lhiscock | Oct 27, 2013 |
"La casa degli spiriti" è un capolavoro della scrittura mondiale; è un libro che tutti dovremmo leggere almeno una volta nella vita ed è il primo libro della meravigliosa scrittrice cilena Isabel Allende.
Il libro narra la splendida storia dei Trueba che si intreccia con la vita dei Del Valle. E' una saga famigliare ambientata in Cile che affronta la storia del popolo cileno, dove ,nel racconto, l'autrice fa notare i cambiamenti della vita delle donne o della gente a seconda di chi sale al potere, insomma un romanzo che racchiude amore, odio, violenza, guerra, pace, dolore...un mix che rende questo romanzo perfetto!
La storia è raccontata attraverso gli occhi di vari membri della famiglia soprattutto da racconti presi dai diari di Clara Del Valle e da Esteban Trueba stesso.
Nel romanzo non vengono mai menzionati nè date nè luoghi specifici probabilmente per scelta dell'autrice che però li fa intendere attraverso modi diversi, cosa che all'inizio mi ha stupito ma che con lo scorrere della storia ho apprezzato per la sua originalità e per la particolare scelta.
Questo modo di scrivere ha un nome ed è : roman à clef ( romanzo a chiave), ossia un romanzo che descrive la vita reale, dietro una facciata di finzione senza andare mai nello specifico e usando anche dei personaggi come Pablo Neruda e Salvator Allende, senza rivelare specificamente la loro identità ma facendola sempre intuire usando nomi come il Poeta e il Presidente.

Per la prima volta nella sua vita, Alba sentì il bisogno di essere bella e rimpianse che nessuna delle splendide donne della sua famiglia le avesse lasciato in eredità i suoi attributi, e l'unica che l'aveva fatto, la bella Rosa, le aveva dato solo una sfumatura d'alga marina ai suoi capelli, che, se non era accompagnata da tutto il resto, sembrava piuttosto un errore del parrucchiere.

Ho letto questo libro perchè ricordo che da bambina ne avevo visto il film (qualche scena e mai tutto), e ricordo che quello scene mi erano bastate per renderlo uno dei miei film preferiti e ora che ho letto il libro so il perchè.

I personaggi di questa storia sono tantissimi e tutti resi dall'autrice realistici e veri...ho amato molto le donne della famiglia Trueba, da Rosa a Clara, da Blanca fino ad Alba e col tempo ho imparato a capire anche la mentalità contorta di Esteban Trueba che seminava a suo modo la tirannia nella sua famiglia.

È passato più di mezzo secolo, ma ancora ho impresso nella memoria il momento preciso in cui Rosa, la bella, entrò nella mia vita, come un angelo distratto che passando mi rubò l'anima.

Bellissimi anche i personaggi dei contadini delle Tre Marie, la tenuta di Esteban Trueba, tutti con un loro perchè, da Pedro Garcia, a Pedro Secondo fino a suo figlio Pedro Terzo; tutte le loro vite si intrecceranno alle vite della famiglia Trueba e la riempiranno anch'essi di magia e di racconti sussurrati nei tempi.
"La casa degli spiriti" è un libro pieno di magia che incolla il lettore e lo appassiona fin da subito alla storia di questa grande famiglia, e che lo porta in posti lontani e bellissimi pieni di soria di vita e di ribellioni e di rivoluzione.
Il voto è 5 stelline perchè non ne posso mettere di più!
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  Emanuela.Booklove | Oct 6, 2013 |
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Isabel Allendeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morino AngeloTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piloto Di Castri, SoniaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bogin, MagdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lappi-Seppälä, JyrkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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How much does a man live, after all?
Does he live a thousand days, or one only?
For a week, or for several centuries?
How long does a man spend dying?
What does it mean to say "for ever"?

Pablo Neruda
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To my mother, my grandmother,
and all the other extraordinary women
of this story.
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Barrabás came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy.
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Esteban hatte Chinchillas auf seinem Gut herumhuschen sehen. Gelegentlich schoß er sie ab, weil sie die junge Saat fraßen, war aber nie auf den Gedanken gekommen, daß sich diese unscheinbaren Nagetiere in Damenpelzmäntel umwandeln ließen. Jean de Satigny suchte einen Kompagnon, der das Kapital, die Arbeit und die Gehege stellte, alle Risiken übernahm und den Gewinn fünfzig zu fünfzig mit ihm teilte.
(Kapitel 6, Hardcover Seite 187)
"Fast in allen Familien ist irgendein Blöder oder Verrückter, Alba", versicherte Clara, die Augen starr auf ihr Strickzeug geheftet, weil sie in all den Jahren nicht gelernt hatte, zu stricken, ohne hinzuschauen. "Manchmal bekommt man sie nicht zu sehen, weil die Angehörigen sie verstecken, als ob es eine Schande wäre. Sie sperren sie in die hintersten Zimmer, damit Besucher sie nicht zu Gesicht bekommen. Aber in Wirklichkeit braucht man sich ihrer nicht zu schämen, auch sie sind Werke Gottes."
"Aber wir haben keinen in unserer Familie", gab Alba zu bedenken.
"Nein, bei uns ist die Verrücktheit auf alle verteilt, und es ist nicht genug übriggeblieben, daß auch wir unseren Verrückten haben."
(Kapitel 9, Hardcover S. 288 f.)
Das Land füllte sich mit Uniformen, Kriegsmaschinen, Fahnen, Hymnen und Paraden, denn die Militärs kannten das Bedürfnis des Volkes nach eigenen Symbolen und Rhythmen. Senator Trueba, der diese Dinge grundsätzlich haßte, begriff, was seine Freunde im Club meinten, wenn sie sagten, der Marxismus habe in Lateinamerika nicht die geringste Chance, weil er die magische Seite der Dinge außer acht ließe. "Brot, Zirkus und irgendwas zum Verehren, das ist alles, was sie brauchen", schloß der Senator und bedauerte im stillen, daß das Brot fehlte.
Kapitel 13, Hardcover S. 392)
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Here, in an astonishing debut by a gifted storyteller, is the magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave, and one you will not forget.

Esteban -- The patriarch, a volatile and proud man whose lust for land is legendary and who is haunted by his tyrannical passion for the wife he can never completely possess.

Clara -- The matriarch, elusive and mysterious, who foretells family tragedy and shapes the fortunes of the house of the Truebas.

Blanca -- Their daughter, soft-spoken yet rebellious, whose shocking love for the son of her father's foreman fuels Esteban's everlasting contempt... even as it produces the grandchild he adores.

Alba -- The fruit of Blanca's forbidden love, a luminous bearty, a fiery and willful woman... the family's break with the past and link to the future.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:30:12 -0400)

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The Trueba family embodies strong feelings from the beginning of the 2 through the assassination of Allende in 1973.

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