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Mi país inventado: Un paseo nostálgico por Chile

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,193 Ratings  ·  412 Reviews
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 HarperCollins Español (first published January 2003)
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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
Mar 16, 2013 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Sep 23, 2012 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 23, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, chile
Invented Country, yes. But Nostalgic Journey Through Chile? Not really. My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile is more than anything else an autobiography of a life fragmented by years of exile due to the violence of the Pinochet regime. In addition, the (probably) murdered left-leaning ex-president, Salvador Allende Gossens, was a favorite relative of hers. Isabel Allende's Chile is primarily in her heart.

Her first book, House of the Spirits, was written while she was living in
This is one of three memoirs Allende has written including The Sum of Our Days and Paula. I had noted before I read this that although it was the one of the three I thought I'd like the most, it didn't have great ratings.

Allende begins the book saying she didn't have a happy childhood. Her family moved around a lot due to her father's foreign service job. Then her parents split up, but for reasons I didn't understand, the children continued to move around with their mother and "step-father". He
May 17, 2010 Laila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yazeed AlMogren
Jul 08, 2016 Yazeed AlMogren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنا تكتُب إيزابيل اليندي كتابًا وكأن وزارة السياحية في تشيلي تكفلت بتكاليف طباعته، تتحدث إيزابيل في هذا الكتاب عن تشيلي ذلك البلد النحيل الذي يقع في أقصى وأبعد مكان في العالم والعامر بالعادات والتقاليد الغريبة، تتذكر إيزابيل وطنها عندما رحلت عنه بعد الإنقلاب الذي أطاح بإبن عم والدها الرئيس الإشتراكي المنتخب سلفادور الليندي والذي أسقطته المخابرات المركزية الأمريكية حتى لاتتمدد الإشتراكية في بلدان أمريكا اللاتينية، يزخر هذا الكتاب بحنين إيزابيل لتشيلي ويعتبر نافذة تعرّف القارئ بهذا البلد
Sarah saied
البرنسيسية ايزابيل الليندي....الأقرب الي القلب دائما وأبدا....
مجرد الإمساك بكتاب لها هو متعة لا شبيه لها...
ربما الكتاب صيغة معادة بطريقة مختصرة من مذكراتها العظيمة (باولا)...ومن روايتها الأولي بيت الأرواح...ربما ركزت أكثر هنا علي وصف بلادها تشيلي بناسها وطبيعتها وجغرافيتها وما مر بها من عواصف السياسة...

ويبقي أجمل ما في الكتاب كلمات ايزابيل الليندي التي تصف ببساطة حنينها لذكريات طفولتها وشبابها في تشيلي والتي تقول فيها:
هكذا هو الحنين ..
رقصة بطيئة دائرية..
الذكريات لا تنتظم متسلسلة ..انها مثل الدخا
May 26, 2015 Jacinta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I looked up Chilean books I should read, the list was basically her and Pablo Neruda, so I picked up a copy last week when I found it in English. I enjoyed it and will probably re-read, but it was a bit of a strange book. It's a memoir, but she's already written a full memoir and this is more a memoir of her thoughts and feelings about Chile than her life story, although that is the background structure of the book. Some of what she says about Chile seems almost like secondhand knowledge, a ...more
Dec 10, 2010 TheBookManiac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oana Kovacs
Jan 14, 2014 Oana Kovacs rated it it was amazing
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! :)
Feb 07, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, travel
I wasn't sure what to expect from My Invented Country as I'm pretty sure I've not yet read any of Isabel Allende's novels. What I got was gently nostalgic reminiscences of her childhood and adolescence, sprinkled with witty and sharp observations of not only Chile, but also Allende's adopted countries since the 1970s, primarily Venezuela and the USA, and the contrasts between them. I knew little, also, of Chile other than the name of Pinochet so was fascinated to learn insignificant details of d ...more
Hoda Marmar
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
Natalie Sue
A good book for anyone who loves Allende and wants to spend a few hours hearing her talk!
Nov 07, 2013 Leila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
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
إسراء طه
Jul 21, 2016 إسراء طه rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ان كنت تود ان تقرأ كتابا غير تافه ممتعا وسلسا فهذا كتاب مناسب، ومناسب جدا. اسلوب ساخر في بعض اجزائه، جعلني اضحك كما هي ليست عادتي وانا اقرأ. ولكنه ايضا اشعرني بالغصة لدرجة ان اتحدي دموعي حين تحدثت عن وطنها وعن الانقلاب العسكري. التشابه مريع بين تشيلي ومصر ليس فقط في الانقلاب بل حتي في العادات.
كنت شبه سعيدة عندما وجدتها تجهد نفسها لكي تشرح ما الذي يعنيه ان تعيش في بلد تحت الانقلاب العسكري لانني اعلم ما الذي يعنيه. بؤس، صحيح؟..
جعلتني ادرك بشكل صادم انني لا أعرف ما معنى ان تولد في وطن لا تضطر ان ت
Maria Beltrami
Divertente libro in cui la Allenede, che di norma non è tra i miei scrittori prediletti, divaga sui sui ricordi della famiglia, del Cile, dell'esilio, della sua nuova vita negli stati uniti.
Il tutto secondo l'ondivago filo conduttore della memoria, con cose che si accavallano, riflessioni, episodi, dei quali molti sono così mitici, del mito che circonda le leggende familiari, da rendere impossibile accertarne la veridicità
Ma d'altra parte è così che funzionano le memorie familiari, in qualsiasi
Not knowing anything about Chili, some things in this book were interesting, but it didn't really make me want to pick it up and read it over my other books I was in the middle of.
Some of her most interesting views were actually about the US after she moved here:
"The North Americans' sense of time is very special. They are short on patience. Everything must be quick...[stuff removed]. Gringos invented two terms that are untranslatable into most languages: 'snack' and 'quickie'."
"This country's [
Jan 02, 2015 Anita rated it liked it  ·  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
Lyn Elliott
Feb 04, 2014 Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  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
Cynthia Davidson
Apr 01, 2012 Cynthia Davidson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Harry Allagree
Jul 13, 2013 Harry Allagree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2015 Asya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A warm, intimate memoir of Allende's Chile, both the invented country of her memory and imagination, and an attempt to make some historical and sociological observations. Her writing alternatives between the personal and the general tense, and neither is dry, rather always full of anecdotes, humor, and poignant insight. She covers themes from the light like humor and cuisine, to the serious like the Pinochet period and its aftermath. Mostly, the book is an attempt to understand nostalgia, and wh ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Shima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 24, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empecé a leer este libro de manera azarosa y es la primera vez que leo a Isabel Allende. Destaco su posición de defender a la mujer, y liberarla de todos los prejuicios y roles de antaño. Ella va en contra de lo impuesto por una sociedad sumamente machista, en todo lo que concierne al género. Aunque es autobiográfico, tiene muchos elementos de realismo mágico, como cuando recuerda las "alas" de su tía. Es muy crítica y sensata con respecto a la historia y cultura de Chile. Describe un sentimient ...more
Natali Kasabri
Feb 14, 2016 Natali Kasabri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
إيزابيل، هل أستطيع أن أحب كتاباتك أكثر؟!
Khadija Maqableh
خفيف لطيف، تشيلي تشبه عدة بلدان عربية اجتماعيا وسياسيا، وتشيلي الكاتبة خاص ومتألق، أسلوبها في الوصف اللماح ونكاتها اللاذعة أجمل ما في الكتاب.
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