Allende, Isabel "The House of the Spirits" (La Casa de los Espíritus) - 1982
Isabel Allende's first novel. I love family sagas, this one extends over four generations, a lot of Chilean history.
I usually have a hard time with magical-realism but this was very good. It's more a part of their culture, almost their religion and I don't mind learning about it. There is a lot of information on the rich and the poor, the problems in South America. I don't know much about this continent and find it fascinating.
I really liked the different characters and how everyone received their place in the story. I enjoyed this book very much.
This is the first book in a trilogy, followed by "Daughter of Fortune" and "Portrait in Sepia". Another great book by the same author: "Island Beneath the Sea".
In 2010 she received Chile's National Literature Prize, and I'm sure more will follow.
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