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The Infinite Plan

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,189 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
The author of The House of the Spirits and The Stories of Eva Luna returns with the tale of one man's search for identity as he struggles to overcome a childhood of neglect and poverty. His quest takes him from the tough barrio of Los Angeles to law school in pursuit of the American Dream.
Published May 1st 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1991)
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Gregory Reeves a son of a traveling preacher who settles in the Hispanic section of Los Angeles ,grows up experiencing life as a member of a minority group within the community. Local gang members make his life a nightmare,always attacking him being the only (white) boy in the district. Eventually he finds his way out defending himself,
Gregory's life is shaped by a series of events and a lot of tragedies and misery......
his serves in the army,and witnessing all the horrors of the war,and the dea
Mar 30, 2014 Mmars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 3.5.

I feel really bad giving one of Allende's books less than 4 stars. Her writing is spellbinding. And largely, this book is no exception. She can transport the reader wherever she wants to take them and in this book that is many places and times. From the L.A. post-WWII barrio, to 60s San Francisco, and Vietnam battlefields and villages. These were so well-drawn it was hard to believe that she had not served in Vietnam or lived in California until the late 80s. But when she moves to the
O Plano Infinito é mais um daqueles livros esquecidos na minha prateleira e que não teria lido tão cedo se não fossem os desafios de leitura nos quais venho participando. Até à data, as experiências com Isabel Allende foram bastante positivas, tanto com A Casa dos Espíritos como com Zorro, portanto parti para esta leitura com boas expectativas, apesar de a sinopse não me despertar, só por si, grande interesse.

Gregory Reeves, o protagonista deste livro, é filho de um australiano que se mudou para
Aug 25, 2014 طَيْف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ليس لأنها روائيتي المفضلة...ولا لأنني من معجبيها...بل لأنها استثنائية في كل ما تكتب...مهما تفاوتت درجة استمتاعي برواياتها

الرحلة برفقة الليندي تتخذ طابعا مميزا...فأستعد لها بكل حواسي...لأن الكثير من روحها يتدفق عبر حروف رواياتها...وتفرض عليك أجواءها...وتجعلك بكامل إرادتك تنقاد لأحداثها...بل وتنثر فيها شيئا من حياتها.
الخطة النهائية...خطة غريغوري التي اقتنع بضرورتها...فروت لنا الليندي حياته وحياة المهاجرين المكسيكيين أمثاله إلى أمريكا...ورصدت تفاصيل كثيرة خلال ستة عقود من حياتهم...وعرضت للكثير من
Marilo Meroño lópez
Bueno, como casi todos los libros de Allende.
Dec 21, 2012 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After talking about books we have read, or wanted to read, my co-worker and I decided to swap books. This was the first book he shared with me.

The books started off well enough. The characters were interesting and developed at a good pace. After the first fifty pages or so, I began to feel disappointed; I continued to feel this way until about the last fifty pages.

The authors portrayal of the Morales family, beginning from Pedro and Immaculada's journey to the United States to the dynamics of t
Rowland Bismark
Jun 20, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Infinite Plan is different than Allende's other works: the protagonist, Gregory Reeves, is male and the setting is not in South America but in the United States. In addition, Allende attempts to cover broad historical time periods in the United States: the aftermath of World War II; the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s in Berkeley, California; the Vietnam War; and the materialistic, yuppie age of the 1980s. Furthermore, the novel is told in retrospect, so the reader does not understand ...more
Ed Holden
Aug 31, 2010 Ed Holden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my first one-star review. I really disliked this book, largely because it failed in one of the most basic foundations of storytelling: the "show, don't tell" rule. Much of this book's narrative is devoted to summarizing who went where and what happened. Rarely are we in the moment, living through the events with the protagonist, hearing his real-time point of view. For me, this made it a bore to read.
Jun 17, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, culture
It is not often that I finish a book, then turn to the first page and start over. But I did that with this book. When I read that this was based on Allende's husband's life, I got deeply interested in what he had experienced growing up. Unreal compared to the settled world I grew up in. Imagine challenging a bully to a duel to see if you could both jump across the tracks in front of a speeding train. He makes it, the bully is smashed to smithereens. Allende tells that she actually had to leave o ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Terry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Isabel Allende has been high on my list of writers to check out. The film adaptation of her novel House of Spirits knocked me out, so I thought it was reasonable to expect great writing from her in general. Silly me. The Infinite Plan has neither great writing nor a great story concept; in fact, I'd be hard-pressed to summarize a storyline at all. Character development is limited to characters getting older and having fairly predictable things happen to them, with little conversation or introspe ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secondo incontro con questa autrice e, come nel caso della Casa degli spiriti, è riuscita a catturarmi il cuore.
Completamente differente dall'altro libro che avevo letto, la penna della Allende si riconosce fin dalle prime righe e riesce a tracciare con poche e semplici frasi il mondo di cui sta parlando, perfino quando è tanto lontano da noi.
Reeves è un protagonista completamente diverso da Clara. Eravamo portati ad amare Clara per le sue eccentricità e la sua bontà d'animo. Ci affezionavamo a
Michelle Bacon
Jun 06, 2015 Michelle Bacon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look, it's Isabel Allende: I can't give her the same number of stars I give bad YA novels. BUT, I'm not sure it is really a 4. There is great beauty in this novel, some majestic writing, some keeper-characters, but there is also a loping repetition that can grate somewhat. I had the sense that the editor assigned to the book said, "Look, it's Isabel Allende: I can't make her cut the same number of pages I would the author of a bad YA novel." (Did you see what I did there? With the grating repeti ...more
Feb 13, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always heard that Isabel Allende is a wonderful author and this book certainly proves her ability to create characters that come to life and are believable. The Infinite Plan follows the story of a boy named Gregory Reeves who grows up in the Southwest of the US in the 50s. His father is a somewhat crazy but faithful man who preaches about the Infinite Plan that everyone is a part of. His sermons are different than evangelical mega church ones only in the sense that he doesn't follow Chri ...more
May 19, 2009 Fatma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية أكثر من رائعة، ما بدأ بقصة نجاح انتهى بوحدة قاتلة أدت إلى

اكتشاف الذات. حيث تنتهي الحكاية.. تبدأ من جديد، الأسلوب

السردي للكاتبة لم يتغير كثيرا ولكنه يبقى جذابا بخفته المعهودة،

الشخصيات تُظهرعُمقاً يكاد يكون اكتشافه فنا بحد ذاته، التنوع فيها

ينقذك من الملل، والنسيان أمر غير محتمل الحدوث هنا.

تدور الأحداث حول عائلة من زوجين وطفليهما و صديقة لهم،

يتنقلون بحكم عمل الأب، وحين يمرض يضطرون للاستقرار في مدينة

وتبدأ حياة أخرى لهم. الرواية تبحث في رغبة الإنسان الأبدية

للاندماج في الوسط الذي يعيش فيه
Jul 08, 2013 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story about Gregory Reeves, a young man whose life extends from its peripatetic beginnings, on to the L.A. barrio, Berkeley, Vietnam, and life as a high-flying attorney. Numerous lesser characters, such as Olga, a family friend who serves as a local curandera, and Carmen/Tamar, an early girlfriend and almost-sister, provide opportunities for numerous plot developments and expansions. This novel lacks Allende's characteristic gushing verbal virtuosity. It is full and rich, but the writing is more ...more
Richard James
Aug 15, 2012 Richard James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me via a friend back in September 2008 by a wonderful and beautiful Dominican women in New York who stated Isabel Allende's books were fascinating and well written.

Since then I have read at least 5 of Allende's books and have also found them in Spanish to give to people as presents.

The crux of the story is about a boy who travels with his sister and mother, and the adventures and explorations he gets up, right into his adult lifetime.

I actually own three copies of
Apr 09, 2012 Eifos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een boek van Isabel Allende dat zich niet afspeelt in Zuid-, maar wel in Noord-Amerika. Ik had er al vanalles over gehoord en gelezen. Sommigen waren wild-enthousiast, anderen teleurgesteld.
Ikzelf vond het zeker en vast goed. Het is opnieuw geschreven in Allende's stijl en die bevalt me zeer goed. Het is verfrissend haar verhalen eens in een andere context te lezen, alhoewel ze er wel in slaagt altijd rond dezelfde thema's en binnen gelijkaardige sociale milieu's te werken.
Dat is ook een beetj
Oct 22, 2014 Megi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books i have read so far. The characters of this story are amazing. Each one of them goes through so much in life and yet they get back up stronger. I loved the story of Gregory , i loved that he was fragile , that he was a fighter in life and that he got back up again. I was reading this book through a flight to Amsterdam and from the moment i got up on the plane and to the moment it finished i could not put it down.
Jill Manske
I had read Allende's book, Zorro, which I liked very much. So I thought I'd give this one a try. It was very disappointing - excruciating detail and way too many characters. It was difficult to feel engaged with any but the main 2 characters because of the quantity of people and their stories. And there were some characters who made a 2-page appearance and were never heard from again. That's real life - we sometimes have very brief interactions with people. But it makes for a frustrating read. I ...more
Jessica Loomis
Oct 30, 2012 Jessica Loomis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel that this book started off so strong, with Allende's magic and passion for story telling, but sometimes I think that her proliferation of ideas gets her into trouble. She has so much that she wants to say, so many characters and threads that all seems to need tied up at the end. Pages and pages of sweeping narrative at the end that went by quickly, but, for my taste, seemed rushed through.

If you like Allende, this is worth a read, though. It reminds me of Forrest Gump in a way, this sweep
Gigi Romano
The last 10 pages made the entire book. I actually cried a little bit, not going to lie. It just hit a little to close to home.

Besides the ending, the book was extremely tough to get through. Large sections left me super bored, and if I didn't have to read this for my class, I probably wouldn't have gotten through it. (Although I'm really glad I did.) The writing was great at some points, and extremely lackluster at others. The thing that got me the most about the novel was the idea of the "Inf
Mar 18, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was finishing up this book on my train ride into work, a particular passage resonated with me. Allende does a masterful job of weaving together characters as they begin to know themselves and heal from old psychic wounds.

Later in the day, I was discussing new plans with my co-worker who said, "Thinking of yourself as a failure for moving back home is such a white people thing."

I immediately pulled out this book, because she reiterated the same passage that I found so significant earlier:
Loredana Adriana
Incredible book!! I can't believe it's the same author as the Daughter of Fortune's. Though I'm not such a big fan of entire life stories (Forsythe Saga style), I completely enjoyed this novel, especially because of Allende's masterful story-telling technique. I can now understand her obsession with marginalized people's lives: they're simply fascinating! Moreover, she creates characters that stay with you long after the read is finished. I loved Carmen's character and detested Gregory's, but I ...more
Heather Walker
This was my 1st read by Isabel Allende. I found the book interesting but there seemed to be quite a bit of writing that didn't need to be included in the novel. I understand that the character Gregory Reeves is truly her husbands true life story. Perhaps then the "extra detail" I saw may not be seen or felt by others.

I must admit though this novel touches on so many points in life. There were believable examples of the following:

Humility, being comfy in your own skin, humbleness, fear, tentati
Já conhecia a história deste livro, tinha lido o mesmo assim por alto em trabalho. Mas agora tive a oportunidade de o ler de ponta a ponta, e se antes achei a história assim-assim, desta vez já consegui ir mais além, gostar mais.

Por um lado, talvez me tenha fascinado mais esta história do que outras que li, por saber hoje que é baseada numa história real, a vida do marido da autora. Depois de ler O meu país inventado fiquei a saber que este O Plano Infinito se baseia na vida do William. E pensar
Meg Morden
This book was recommended by my sister who just loved it and so although I didn't get into it on the first try, I tried again. I am glad that I did. The book spans the history of the southwest corner if the US, California, from the fifties through the early nineties, modern day when it was published. The unlikely hero is the son of a prophet and conveyor of "The Infinite Plan" who travels the byways spreading the good news. When he becomes ill, he takes refuge with one of his converts, an illega ...more
Mais uma vez e apesar de não gostar de deixar livros a meio, este ainda cheguei à página 123 mas acabei por desistir, achei o livro muito confuso, pela 1ª vez em tantos livros que já li , não consegui concentrar-me na história, andava sempre perdida não percebia, tinha de voltar páginas atrás a ver o que tinha acontecido anteriormente. É que o próprio livro no meu entender não ajudava porque tão depressa estava no presente, como no futuro e de repente contava no passado cheguei a um ponto que me ...more
ضيف فهد
Jul 15, 2012 ضيف فهد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" لو لم تحمليني ما استعدت لافتة الخظة اللانهائية المهملة ،التي كانت تنتظرني بطلائها المقشور و خشبها نصف المهترئ ، و بفصاحتها غير الممسوسة . انظري كم سرت حتى و صلت إلى هنا لأتبين أنه لا توجد خطة لا نهائية ، قلت لك لا يوجد غير صراع الحياة . و أجبتني ربما حمل كل واحد خطته في داخله ، لكنها خارطة ضبابية يصعب فك رموزها . لذلك ترانا ندور كثيرا و نضيع أحيانا "
Jun 07, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This is the first time I have read anything written by Allende in this novel she has set out the hard lesson that is life in her characters who must find a way to get through their childhood traumas real and imagined and find their moral center, or at least some type of peace with what life has presented them.
I am a big first sentences reader and when a book open with: "I am alone at dawn, on the mountaintop, below through the milky mist, I see the bodies of my friends. Some that have rolled dow
Karenbike Patterson
Allende should stick to her mystical romanticism which she writes "without thinking." This new style of writing her first wholly American novel in a masculine voice feels remote and reads like a newspaper article. While it is semi biographical about her husband, it still reads dry and impersonal with two page paragraphs and stylized characters.
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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 s ...more
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