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Isabel Allende

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda

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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges. She currently resides in California with her husband. Allende adopted U.S. citizenship in 2003.

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Isabel Allende I read like a madwoman, so it is impossible for me to choose just one favorite book, I have thousands.
Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits, my first book, opened the way for all the other books. It was a rare case of unexpected instant success, and that allowed me…moreThe House of the Spirits, my first book, opened the way for all the other books. It was a rare case of unexpected instant success, and that allowed me to continue writing and eventually make a living as an author, which is not easy. So I am specially grateful to this novel, but probably my most cherished book is my memoir Paula.(less)
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On Feb 12th we will have a group discussion for Ripper. You can see more details here.

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And HarperCollins is sponsoring a 10 book giveaway here.

Ripper is now available for US readers here. Read more of this blog post »
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May 2010, Isabel Allende
"I am obsessed with the theme of freedom, especially for women. Women are abused, raped, exploited, sold; they are the poorest of the poor. They need to be strong and clear minded to overcome the multiple obstacles of their destiny." ...More

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Una novela literaria que requiere un lector atento. Tiene suspenso, pero el argumento es lo de menos, lo que más interesa es la filosofía del autor.
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Historia policial situada en Viena a comienzos del siglo XX. El detective tendrá que resolver una serie de crímenes violentos en el ambiente refinado y ultra conservador de la Viena de entonces. Me gustó el personaje de la baronesa Kornelia von Zeska ...more
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Esta novela, que podríamos definir como histórica y policial, fue escrita a cuatro manos por dos autoras, Susana Tosco y María Soto. La acción transcurre en Paris, en 1625. Hay de todo, desde duelos a espada hasta intrigas de espionaje.
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Es la historia de una familia, secretos, pasiones, aventuras. suspenso. Los personajes se mueven entre varias ciudades , como Varsovia, Jerusalén, París,
La hija del Este by Clara Usón
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Relata un episodio de la Guerra de los Balcanes, pero es mucho más que eso. Conmovedora, muy bien escrita, ha tenido gran éxito en Europa. No se puede soltar.
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“The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything.”
Isabel Allende, City of the Beasts

“Write what should not be forgotten.”
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“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”
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May Fantasy Theme: Magical Realism

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