But the book, not for me. This series of catastrophic events finally transforms Esteban's base consciousness. And we mean vote-buying, peasant-bribing, violence-threatening kind of shady. Potrà sembrare strano, ma mi è piaciuto molto di più La casa degli spiriti, sostanzialmente per il maggiore sviluppo psicologico dei personaggi, la componente assolutamente fantastica del ramo femminile della famiglia, la maggiore drammaticità raccontata attraverso la lotta tra rivoluzionari, militari e golpisti, e infine per lui. He promises his mom he'll get married and have kids right before she dies. He lends her 50 pesos to seek her fortune in the big city, and she promises to repay him some day.
Pedro Tercero joins the government. Alba, on the other hand, is worried about her family and friends, especially Miguel, who calls her and tells her to destroy all evidence that they even know each other. The book's weak spot, however, is characterization. Several years later, they are exposed to Esteban by Jean de Satigny, who is trying to ingratiate himself with Esteban so he can become either his business partner or his son-in-law. Esteban gradually turns into a bitter old man who has few friends, who despises the world and is despised by it in return, whose relations with his wife and children become colder and colder, and whose only solace is a rebellious, radical granddaughter who loves him as much as he loves her. Esteban and Clara get in a big fight over this, and Esteban knocks out Clara's teeth.
Clara aveva dieci anni quando decise che non valeva la pena di parlare e si chiuse nel mutismo. During the national election, Esteban believes his will win as usual, but the ends up winning control of the government. They almost get caught when there's a huge earthquake and Clara realizes that Blanca's not in her room. On the same day Clara announces that a family member will die by accident, a gift of a jug of brandy arrives on the del Valle doorstep. It is one and it is all, growing evermore, family framed society; history at its core. The House of the Spirits is an excellent novel.
Again, the other ongoing theme of South American novels is violence, which is always present and gets increasingly horrifying as we go. Não foi a primeira leitura que fiz de Isabel Allende, mas foi a mais arrebatadora. The second half, which tracks Chilean politics and real-life events through Salvador Allende's election and Pinochet's military coup, is uninteresting and unsurprising to anyone who knows anything about 20th century Chilean history. Before she died Pancha told Esteban the story of his ancestry. In the coming days, Blanca is tortured and abused by her half-brother, Esteban García, who had joined the military with his father's help. In the doghouse, Alba decides she wants to die, and tries to starve herself.
He turns out to be Esteban Garcia, Pancha and Esteban Trueba's grandson. My favourite character has always been Ferula played by Glenn Close in the movie. Esteban's spinster sister, Ferula Glenn Close , has become her brother's housekeeper, but immediately becomes a bone of contention in the marriage. Other characters include Clara and Esteban's twins Jaime the socialist doctor and Nicolas the guru; Trueba's bastard by rape Esteban Garcia; and one of the best dogs in literature, Barrabas. الحديث عن شخصيات وحكايات إيزابيل عامةً وهذه الرواية خاصةً يشعر القارئ بمدى ضحالة قدرته على السرد والوصف، فينتهي به الحال لا شعوريًا إلى الرغبة في أن يراسل كل من يعرفهم كي يروا بأعينهم ما رأى من جمال، ويمتعوا عقولهم بما استمتع من إبداع، ولكن هذا صعب المنال. Blanca gets bored waiting for him and takes a cab to her parents' house. The story of three generations of Trueba women that tells the history of a nation.
Then they cart Alba off to a secret prison. From that moment on, Clara resolves not to speak, and keeps her resolution until nine years later when she announces that she will soon be married. تبدأ الرواية في زمن الإقطاع وبقايا الاستعمار حيث المالك والفلاحين الذين يقيمون بأرضه ويعملون عنده بالسخرة فقط للقمة العيش والحب بين ابنته واحد الفلاحين لديه. Male sexual desire is described on several occasions, including a young man with violent and sexual feelings for a young girl. Esteban goes to the del Valle home once again to see if they have a daughter he can marry. Alba and Esteban fix up the house and Esteban gives his granddaughter the idea of writing this story. Worse, the supporting roles and teeming extras are all ethnically correct, resulting in an apparent racial hierarchy among the performers.
Esteban sneaks him into the residence of the Papal Nuncio and gets Pedro Tercero and Blanca safe passage out of the country. Blanca sits outside and ponders her life, looking forward to a life with Pedro and her daughter Alba. He's a little spitfire who writes revolutionary songs on his guitar and isn't afraid to stand up to the patrón Esteban. Pedro Tercero sneaks back onto the property periodically to see Blanca, always in disguise. This saga remains my measuring stick against which all of her other books are rated. So they are told in novels and are thinly veiled as magical and exaggerated so as to hide behind such protection.
On her wedding night, she causes a table to levitate, and Esteban wearily pushes it back into place. Meanwhile, the child he fathered out of wedlock, by raping the peasant woman, has grown up into a sullen young man who watches his father broodingly from afar, and blackmails him into sending him to the national military academy, so that when there's a military coup we are hardly astonished when he reappears as a torturer. His decorating style seems a little exotic to Blanca. Everyone's talking about the upcoming Presidential election and the Socialists' chance of winning it. The book touches on magical realism and it was done perfectly, weaved into the lives of each of the Trueba family members. Post script: I just re-read House of the Spirits for the fourth time as part of a group read for catching up with classics in September 2016. But The House of the Spirits is also the story of political corruption, patriarchal authority, feminine oppression, and the movement from the old world into the new.
It's got just enough faux-Garcia-Marquez, magical-realism-lite charm to fool people into thinking it's moderately intellectual. I am fascinated by even the politics of the novel and the huge disparities between the women who campaigned for gender equality and those who believed a husband ruled over his wife. The novel was rejected by several Spanish-language publishers before being published in Buenos Aires in 1982. Ci sono molti passaggi che varrebbe la pena citare. I write about love and violence, about death and redemption, about strong women and absent fathers, about survival. Debo decir que la segunda parte del libro se vuelve algo intensa con la política, la situación que atraviesa el país es muy similar a la de mi país Venezuela, elogio a la autora por el realismo de lo que narra, sin embargo nunca le perdonare a Allende hacer a la derecha culpable de todo mal y a la izquierda santa libre de todo pecado, a mi parecer eso es fanatismo, aun así la situación política hace a la trama en cierto sentido más interesante, y como pasa en la realidad, demuestra que puede dividir en bandos, a familias, parejas y países, y como el poder corrompe y es tan peligroso en manos de extremistas. When little Clara curses during a silent moment she earns a reputation for demonic possession.