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The House of the Spirits

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    From One Book At A Time

    This book was on my frequently banned or challenged list. Within a hundred or so pages I could see why. Overall I though it was a very good read, but at time it was just to much. There is quite a bit of violence, rape, and human cruelty. Although, I do understand that is fits in with the time period the book refers too. I loved Clara and thought the storyline lost some of its appeal when she died. But, the hardest thing about this book for me was the didn't seem to be a point to the story. I like to walk away from a book knowing I got the purpose for why the story was written. I didn't get that here.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    An Interesting Read

    Allende's novel is a well-crafted example of magic realism, where concrete details and compelling characters interact with the strange and the supernatural: clairvoyance and telekinesis, two women with green hair in different generations of the same family, forbidden love, and the hardships of three generations in a politically tumultuous, unnamed Latin-American country. While Allende is a master storyteller-weaving third-person and first-person narration seamlessly to produce a more interesting book-The House of the Spirits has its share of sex-charged scenes, including rape, and disturbing subject matter. As such, I find that the book is not for everyone, but if one can get past/work through those scenes and descriptions, seeing them as tools in the telling of the story of three generations of very strong women, The House of the Spirits is worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2005

    Average

    This book was average at best. I felt that is was not as good as others by this same author. In many places the book was hard to follow and was very loosley tied together. I did not care for it, but I highly recommend a different book by this auther Daughter of Fortune, that book is very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    it was okay

    Maybe I'm just being naive, but I thought the book was great and all and was captivated but I didn't like that the book talked too much about sex so openly and there were vulgar words. That was my only problem with the book, but besides that the book was pretty interesting and it was like an adventure!

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