I had to read this book for school. I remember the story as strange and beautiful. I liked it so much I went out and bought several others by Isabel Allende and now she is one of my favorite authors.
Spanning the life of Clara de Valle, her daughter Blanca, and her granddaughter, Alba, this book is infused with an ever-present sense of mysticism set against the development of an unnamed South American country. As the country develops from a backwater to a democracy, and then turns violently radical, the characters are swept up in its wake. Each woman is portrayed against Esteban Trueba, the patriarch, a stern and angry man, and constant source of mingled respect and fear throughout the book. Well-written, interesting, and a good read.
absolutely fabulous book, Isabel Allende had a delightful writing style. She is so descriptive and thorough you truly feel you know the characters and understand her story very well by the time you get to the end of the book.
Isabel Allende writes fascinating stories set in her native Chile. This is a multigenerational family saga, very well written.
please note this is a paperback, not hardcover version