La casa de los espíritus [NOOK Book]

Overview

Primera novela de Isabel Allende que nos narra la historia de un poderosa familia de terratenientes latinoamericanos. El depósito patriarca Esteban Trueba ha construido con mano de hierro un imperio privado que empieza a tambalearse a raíz del paso del tiempo y de un entorno social explosivo. Finalmente, la decadencia personal de patriarca arrastrará a los Trueba a una dolorosa desintegración. Atrapados en unas dramáticas relaciones familiares, los personajes de esta portentosa novela encarnan las tensiones ...

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La casa de los espíritus

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Overview

Primera novela de Isabel Allende que nos narra la historia de un poderosa familia de terratenientes latinoamericanos. El depósito patriarca Esteban Trueba ha construido con mano de hierro un imperio privado que empieza a tambalearse a raíz del paso del tiempo y de un entorno social explosivo. Finalmente, la decadencia personal de patriarca arrastrará a los Trueba a una dolorosa desintegración. Atrapados en unas dramáticas relaciones familiares, los personajes de esta portentosa novela encarnan las tensiones sociales y espirituales de una época que abarca gran parte de este siglo. Con ternura e impecable factura literaria, Isabel Allende perfila el destino de sus personajes como parte indisoluble del destino colectivo de América Latina, marcado por el mestizaje, las injusticias sociales y la búsqueda de la propia identidad...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788415028598
  • Publisher: Leer-e
  • Publication date: 8/2/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: Leer-E
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Sales rank: 52,909
  • File size: 493 KB

Meet the Author

Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende
Aristocratic Chile is vividly evoked in Isabel Allende’s lyrical novels, in which a family’s past and future is linked inextricably with that of its country’s. A writer whose dreamy, imagistic books transport the reader to another time and place, Allende is considered by many to be the heir to Gabriel García Márquez’s lavish magic realism.

Biography

In Isabel Allende's books, human beings do not exist merely in the three-dimensional sense. They can exert themselves as memory, as destiny, as spirits without form, as fairy tales. Just as the more mystical elements of Allende's past have shaped her work, so has the hard-bitten reality. Working as a journalist in Chile, Allende was forced to flee the country with her family after her uncle, President Salvador Allende, was killed in a coup in 1973.

Out of letters to family back in Chile came the manuscript that was to become Allende's first novel. Her arrival on the publishing scene in 1985 with The House of the Spirits was instantly recognized as a literary event. The New York Times called it "a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present and future of Latin America."

To read a book by Allende is to believe in (or be persuaded of) the power of transcendence, spiritual and otherwise. Her characters are often what she calls "marginal," those who strive to live on the fringes of society. It may be someone like Of Love and Shadows 's Hipolito Ranquileo, who makes his living as a circus clown; or Eva Luna, a poor orphan who is the center of two Allende books (Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna).

Allende's characters have in common an inner fortitude that proves stronger than their adversity, and a sense of lineage that propels them both forward and backward. When you meet a central character in an Allende novel, be prepared to meet a few generations of his or her family. This multigenerational thread drives The House of the Spirits, the tale of the South American Trueba family. Not only did the novel draw Allende critical accolades (with such breathless raves as "spectacular," "astonishing" and "mesmerizing" from major reviewers), it landed her firmly in the magic realist tradition of predecessor (and acknowledged influence) Gabriel García Márquez. Some of its characters also reappeared in the historical novels Portrait in Sepia and Daughter of Fortune.

"It's strange that my work has been classified as magic realism," Allende has said, "because I see my novels as just being realistic literature." Indeed, much of what might be considered "magic" to others is real to Allende, who based the character Clara del Valle in The House of the Spirits on her own reputedly clairvoyant grandmother. And she has drawn as well upon the political violence that visited her life: Of Love and Shadows (1987) centers on a political crime in Chile, and other Allende books allude to the ideological divisions that affected the author so critically.

But all of her other work was "rehearsal," says Allende, for what she considers her most difficult and personal book. Paula is written for Allende's daughter, who died in 1992 after several months in a coma. Like Allende's fiction, it tells Paula's story through that of Allende's own and of her relatives. Allende again departed from fiction in Aphrodite, a book that pays homage to the romantic powers of food (complete with recipes for two such as "Reconciliation Soup"). The book's lighthearted subject matter had to have been a necessity for Allende, who could not write for nearly three years after the draining experience of writing Paula.

Whichever side of reality she is on, Allende's voice is unfailingly romantic and life-affirming, creating mystery even as she uncloaks it. Like a character in Of Love and Shadows, Allende tells "stories of her own invention whose aim [is] to ease suffering and make time pass more quickly," and she succeeds.

Good To Know

Allende has said that the character of Gregory Reeves in The Infinite Plan is based on her husband, Willie Gordon.

Allende begins all of her books on January 8, which she considers lucky because it was the day she began writing a letter to her dying grandfather that later became The House of the Spirits.

She began her career as a journalist, editing the magazine Paula and later contributing to the Venezuelan paper El Nacional.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Totally agree...

    There needs to be an English option for this text.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    ENGLISH VERSION NEEDED FOR NOOK!

    Barnes & Noble - where's the English version of this book? C'mon! This is one of the greats!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    La mejor novela de Isabel Allende

    Isabel Allende ha escrito muchísimos libros. La casa de los espíritus fue el primero que leí y creo que sigue siendo el mejor de todoss, en otras obras encontró su propio estilo, aquí se respira la influencia de García Marquez. El trasfondo político no quiebra el ritmo de la historia. Los personajes están muy bien delineados. Son y serán antológicos.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Uno de los mejores libros de todos los tiempos.

    Yo le¿ este libro hace 18 a¿os y me encanto tanto que durante los a¿os lo he leido otras veces m¿s vi la pelicula pero nada como leer el libro con todos sus detalles. Mis felicitaciones para la escritora Isabel Allende por esta obra maestra de la literatura y si deberian de tener una versi¿n en ingl¿s haci mi esposo podr¿a leerla.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Higly recommended great book!

    I really enjoy reading this book, its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    very good

    very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Front Yard

    A neat white fence circles the yard. A cute trellis with lillies growing on it marks the gate. A sandy path lined with rocks makes a trail to the wide white porch. Complete with a few soft chairs and a porch swing, it looks out to the tall apple tree with a swing. There are two soft gray French doors with glass panes with criss-crosses of gold on either side. The two clear panes on the doors themselves are covered by ivory curtains. And a welcome mat.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Susan

    She looks at the house a smile on her face "I love it"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Outstanding

    This is one of my favorite stories of all times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Anonimo.

    Once I started reading.... I coulnt let go. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    She Always a pleas Always a good read

    Loved it

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Es bueno, pero por momentos se parece demasiado a Cien Años de S

    Es bueno, pero por momentos se parece demasiado a Cien Años de Soledad de García Marquez, pierde ritmo a mitad de la novela, pero el final es buenisimo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    este es el mejor libro que e leido

    un libro muy entretenido me mantuvo sin querer soltarlo me declaro segidora de isabel allende

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Excellent Read

    I loved this book and the way the author splendidly narrates the story taking you back and forth in time and between characters. Very hard to put it down once I started reading it. Will definitely read more books written by Isabel Allende.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Excelente

    Su mejor libro, sin duda alguna.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    La segunda vez q lo leo

    Este libro es magico.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    GOOD

    Este es un buen libro.
    This is a good book.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Amazing

    I enyoyed this book from beginning to the end. I do recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Fascinante

    Muy bueno...me encanto....vale la pena!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted April 26, 2011

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