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Mi Pais Inventado: Un Paseo Nostalgico por Chile

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El primer recuerdo que Isabel Allende tiene de Chile es el de una casa que nunca conoció: la "casa grande y vieja" de la calle Cueto, donde nació su madre. Esta casa, evocada por su abuelo con tanta frecuencia que Isabel cree haber vivido allí, se convierte en la protagonista de su primera novela La Casa de los Espíritus. Dicha obra vuelve a aparecer al comienzo de las fas ...more
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Published February 3rd 2004 by Rayo
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is Isabel Allende's funny and sorrowful tribute to her native country. She starts off with amusing stories: a cat-killing refrigerator; her grandfather's insistence that he saw the devil on a bus; her father who disguised himself as a Peruvian Indian woman with bright petticoats and a wig with long braids. Later in the book she moves on to the horror and repression suffered by the Chilean people following the CIA-assisted military coup in 1973.

The book is not so much a memoir as it is an e
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Fahad
بلدي المخترع

تعجبني هذه الكاتبة، دخلت بالنسبة لي منذ قرأت روايتها (ابنة الحظ) نادي كبار الروائيين والذي كانت تفزعني ذكوريته حينها – نعم لازلت أسميه نادي كبار الروائيين رغم وجود أنثى داخله، فقط لأنني أحب وقع الاسم ولا أريد تغييره -، ايزابيل الليندي تكتب بأسلوب خاص جداً، مميز، يمكنك أن تتعرف عليه حتى ولو قرأت كتبها بلا غلاف، إنها تتمدد في النص، تخلطه بذاتها بحيث أنها لا تحتاج إلى رص اسمها إلى جانب العنوان.

وكعادة ايزابيل عندما تكتب، فهي تكتب عن ذاتها أولاً، قبل أن تكتب عن الموضوع، والموضوع هنا هو
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Mara
Isabel Allende's writing flows like a story that your grandmother would tell you about a time long before you were born, but that still has an intricate connection to your world and flickers into existence only to be half seen or intuitively perceived as a lingering presence. These are the stories about a past that does not belong to you, but that seems so familiar because of the wonderful voice of the author who, inadvertently perhaps, but nevertheless compellingly, makes you a part of her hist ...more
John
I've never been tempted by Allende's fiction, and I can't say I am now, but this is one well-written, engaging memoir! To break things down, I'd say it's about 65% memoir/20% history/15% travel narrative. Other reviewers have said the book is meandering, which is true, but she tells the story in a way that makes sense to her; autobiographies need not be strictly chronological narratives. If you're wondering why no fifth star, well, she does dwell on the negative at times, both in Chile and the U ...more
Laila
I don't know how interested I would be in this book had I not lived in Chile for several months. However, since I have, I found it endearing and hilarious, especially when I read a few gems that I though my sister might appreciate.

"...on my last trip I found to my amazement that coffee had finally made its entrance into culture and now anyone willing to pay can find espressos and cappuccinos worthy of Italy."

Isabel, really? This book was published about 8 years ago but still in 2009, when I orde
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TheBookManiac
Surprisingly International

You don’t have to be Chilean to enjoy this beautiful memoir, but you will gain an appreciation for Chile and its people after reading “My Invented Country”.

This is the story about how Isabel Allende, one of the most charismatic Latin American authors of our time, came to become the person she is today. Her very personal narrative will take you to a different country and a different era that will (almost) make you feel Chilean.

We follow her steps from the very beginning
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Jorge Gómez
Primera cosa que leo de Isabel Allende. Sí, se puede ser Chileno, asiduo a la lectura -por mi comportamiento reciente, no me puedo declarar adicto-, y no haberla leído.

Hice un experimento con este libro. Destaque con banderillas, todo lo que me pareció destacable. Vamos que es Isabel Allende, merece respeto, al menos, por ser prima del chicho.

Pág. 27 "La lejanía nos da a los Chilenos una mentalidad insular... Nos creemos el centro del mundo..."

Muy cierto. Mas luego, describiendo a Chile, remarca
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Hoda
Maybe 4.5 stars, but not less!
I enjoyed it a lot. She writes beautifully, and she is very honest and really funny! Such a smart lady.
This was my first Allende read, but it won't be the last. I'm very excited to read her other two biographies, and all of her novels, especially 'The house of the spirits'.
I was struck by the amazing similarities between Chilean and Lebanese cultures, wow, who knew?! And I've learned that she spent some time in Beirut before the civil war broke out. I wished she tal
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Natalie Sue
A good book for anyone who loves Allende and wants to spend a few hours hearing her talk!
Zuberino
Isabel Allende is a natural born storyteller, and can spin just about any yarn with fluency and wit. Here she is at her best when she is discussing the Allende-Pinochet years and her personal experience of political upheaval and exile. I was expecting more insight on Salvador Allende, seeing as how Isabel was his niece, but unfortunately she has nothing of interest to say about the personality of the martyr-president. Maybe she didn't know him all that well?

She does make some pretty powerful poi
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Oana Kovacs
Wonderful book!
No idea why I've waited so long to read it (oh, yes, it's in Spanish my copy!), but I love it.
MY FIRST book in Spanish! :)
Anita
Jan 02, 2015 Anita rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anita by: Auntie Pilar
This was one of the few Isabel Allende’s books I hadn’t read, at this point (I’m still missing a few, though). I wasn’t particularly interested, considering that this is non-fiction and I didn’t use to read much non-fiction back in the day (a lot has changed since then, I guess). So, I picked this up at my aunt’s and gave it a read.

It’s fun how I live in the same country, but everything is completely different for me. Well, not everything, but a lot has changed since the 60s. There are a few thi
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Cynthia Davidson
Because I trust the insights of this author, I picked up this book, prior to a trip to Argentina & Chile, in hopes of becoming a bit better prepared for my short visit. Allende gave me what I was looking for.

Having read quite a few of her fiction novels, this was my first foray into her non-fiction & I enjoyed her 'nostalgic journey' through the country she called home, before relocating to the USA. She gave me a sense of the place, both its charms and its challenges, & furthered my
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Harry Allagree
Having lived for 18 years in a religious community which had missionaries in Chile from the 1940's on, I was particularly interested in reading about the country from the perspective of a native Chilean. I learned a great deal of which I'd not been aware, some of it puzzling, some of it quite surprising. Reading Allende, at least this book since it's the only one of hers I've read so far, is somewhat like having a casual conversation. It's fascinating, especially the author's candor about how sh ...more
Shima
شیلی رو هميشه دوست داشتم. به خاطر
"پابلو نرودا"
"ایزابل آلنده" و
دور دستی اش.
* سرزمین خیالی منِ ایزابل آلنده، شیلی رو به زیبایی براتون ترسیم میکنه. بعد از خوندنش شبیه شاه بخارا پس از شنیدن «بوی موی جولیان» دوست دارین به سوی شیلی پرواز كنين.
Em
Already a fan of Isabel Allende, I have had this book sitting on my book shelf far too long!

The book is a memoir reflecting on Isabel Allendes nostalgia for Chile - the country in which she was born and subsequently lived in exile from for many years. This book is particularly interesting as it is not merely an account of the country and people but a recollection of the country it has become within her memories and imagination. An "invented" country!
Leila
I found the generalizations made by Allende rather offputting for much of this book, even as I appreciated her stories from her childhood in Chile. The last few chapters which filled in much of her adult life won me over, however. I relate to the way she admits to shaping her own story (and that of her native country) in ways that suit her design. We all do it, but how many are comfortable with admitting it? A wonderful book to read on my Chilean adventure.
Mary G
From the first sentences, Allende engaged me with her fluid style and wit. This is a book that one doesn't have to work hard to navigate, you know, like the books that you feel somewhat obligated to plough through because they're good for you, like spinach or vitamin pills. I've read several of Allende's novels so this memoir helped me connect with the life events and experiences that inspire her fiction. Her fiction turns out, in fact, to be closer to truth than one might imagine, including acq ...more
Rema Mohamd
~> قراءة أولى ل إيزابيل و ممتعة جداً !
هذه الصور الجميلة ، و الحياة التي تنبعث من السطور ، لا يسعك أمامها إلا أن تؤيد الكاتبة
و تعايشها التعلق بالوطن ؛**
( ربما توقفت طويلاً في المنتصف ،
حين الحكي عن السياسة ،
كن الفصول الاخيرة أمتعتني من جديد )...
Laura
'Palabra a palabra he creado la persona que soy y el país inventado donde vivo'.

'Esta tendencia a transformar la realidad, a inventar la memoria'.

Full of anecdotes and simplistic explanations of the character and history of Chilean people. I think I would have hated this book, if it wasn't for the fact that I can relate with anyone without a country, a homeland. Foreigners, immigrants, people in exile (political or metaphorical) - I feel I'm one of them and I can understand their lack of belong
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Lyn Elliott
Feb 04, 2014 Lyn Elliott rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyn by: Book club
It has taken me a while to digest what I want to say about Allende's My Invented Country.
It starts off rather awkwardly with a catalogue of facts, about Chile, its geography and history. Once she gets to the history, we begin to hear a more characteristic voice, at turns wry, funny, horrified and horrifying as she sums up invasion, settlement/appropriation of land, interactions between the colonists and the native peoples, and the mores of the Chile her grandparents and parents lived in and in w
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Amal
لكم شعرت أثناء قراءتي للكتاب ، بأن بلدها المخترع ، كانت قد اخترعته لي أيضا !

بكل الاحوال .. إيزابيل أللندي موهبة !!
Beatriz Rosales
Isabel describe magistralmente a la gente y tradiciones de un pais "Chile", sin embargo pareciese que ha descrito a toda latinoamerica, salvo algunos términos propios de este pais, en todo lo restante es una pintura de un pais latino que tiene una historia, sociedad, recuerdos que son tan similares. Partiendo de la Nostalgia de no vivir en ese lugar en el cual se desarrolla un época de tu vida....la que todos tenemos por un pequeño rincón que puede ser un pais, una ciudad o una casa en especial. ...more
diana
Good personal novel of Allende´s travels and thoughts of Chile pre Pinochet and post.
Hazel
Hermoso, divertido, trágico. Un detrás de escena de las novelas escritas por Isabel y un asiento en primera fila a la errática y nostálgica (palabra mágica usada durante todo el libro) vida de una escritora enamorada y obsesionada de una patria que es y no es. Este libro reafirma mis palabras: ella es mi escritora favorita, empecé mi amor por la literatura con sus historias y eso lo llevaré en mi corazón hasta que muera (o hasta que de tanto leer haya dañado permanentemente mi vista y me toque e ...more
Jewel
read upon recommendation from a friend.

I normally don't really care for cultural niche books unless they are in my field of study. that sounds pretentious, but it's true. I'm a pretty laser-focused person. yet, My Invented Country caught my attention. it wasn't because Isabel Allende described Chile in the most vivid, captivating detail but rather, it was Allende's honesty. the book was written in such a believable fashion, I was surprisingly smitten throughout the entire read. Allende doesn't h
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J
My Invented Country offers an insider's perspective about Chile that is as intimate as it is real. I have read some of the criticisms about Allende's depiction of her homeland and I find them to be without merit. Her descriptions about the national character are quite touching and do not appear in the slightest to be done with any malevolence.

There were points in the book that brought out a chuckle while others - and there were many - caused me to laugh out loud. She has such a wonderful way of
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Cindy
Charming, disarming vignettes by a most gifted and favorite author of mine.

Here's some wisdom for me:
On relocation to Venezuela - "I was 35 years old and I thought I had no future before me except to grow old and die of boredom. Now when I remember that time, I realize that opportunities existed but I didn't see them; I was confused and fearful, and incapable of dancing to their tune. Instead of making an effort to learn about the land that had so generously taken me in, and learn to love it, I
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Kay Hart
A most enjoyable read from one of my favourite authors. The interlacing of anecdotes from her personal journey with the journey of her country, Chile, is really well done. It is also an excellent device as the author hasn't sought to be absolute making for an historical exactness both about her life and that of Chile, but rather like the title suggests, has drawn on memories and isn't afraid to admit that memory can be subjective. I liked the way she expresses that an event in her family may be ...more
Carlos Ceballos
Es un libro sencillo que trata acerca de nada y de todo a la vez. Te acerca de manera muy personal al mundo de Isabel Allende. El cual como ella misma explica, puede o no, ser realidad,así como puede ser solo su imaginación.

La narración es extraordinaria, pues a pesar de ser una serie de divagaciones del autor, lo hace con una fluidez y una amenidad especiales. Que puede brincar de un tema a otro de manera repentina, sin que pierdas continuidad de la lectura.

La sensación de leer "mi país invent
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