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خانه اشباح، رمانی از ایزابل آلنده نویسنده شیلیایی، که در 1982 منتشر شد. ایزابل آلنده در نخستین رمان خود، که در تبعید نوشته شده است، سرگذشت یک خانواده شیلیایی را نقل میکند که چهار نسل را در بر میگیرد. زمان وقوع این رمان در آغاز قرن بیستم است و پایان آن در 1975، یعنی زمانی که دو سال از حکومت ژنرال آگوستو پینوشه گذشته بود؛ حکومتی که به دنبال سرنگونی خشونت آمیز سالوادور آلنده، ...more
Hardcover, edición limitada 25 aniversario, 525 pages
Published April 2007 by Areté (first published 1982)
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Breanna Banks I read it the first time at like 14, then again at 23 or so, and now... Maturity matters, but its so imaginative that it will inspire for different…moreI read it the first time at like 14, then again at 23 or so, and now... Maturity matters, but its so imaginative that it will inspire for different reasons.(less)
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Brina
The book that started my love affair with Allende's writing way back in high school (thanks mom). I still remember the first line Barrabas (family dog) came to us from the sea. I read for the first time in English and was captivated. Then in college I got lucky that La Casa de los Espiritus was required reading for one of my classes, so I read the prose again en espanol. I'm still not sure which language I enjoyed more.
Now that I recently completed Allende's memoir The Sum of Our Days, it is rev
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Claudia
Jul 09, 2008 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Garcia Marquez comparisons aside, it's hard to review this book without references to the magical realism and the narrative styles of Latin America.

I truly believe that anyone not familiar with the above mentioned, would likely be a bit thrown, even put off by these influences. Still, this is a brilliantly written story, epic in its truest sense. Covering four generations of women (with a man as the common thread between them), it races through the simplicity of the old world into the c
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Huda Yahya

جولة لا تُنسى في بيت الأرواح
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هذه رواية تنطق بقداسة الأنثى
تمجد السحر الأنثوي البراق
تحكي تاريخ الدولة الأنثى
أو الأنثى الدولة
تشيــلي
أرض الجنيات والساحرات وعرائس البحر

هذه رواية السنوات البحرية المحفوظة في ذاكرة وراثية لا تضيع أبدا
بل تنزلق بلطف عبر الأجيال النسوية الرحبة الصدور والطيبة كعجينة تراب من رحم الأرض خصبة وشغوفة

والشغف يكاد يصرخ متخطيا حدود العقل فيما سطرت إيزابيل بتاريخ عرق عائلتها النصف مخبولة والمعجونة بالسحر
أو فلنقل
تاريخ إنساني سطرته الأرواح الشفافة

وهي من ذلك ا
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Aubrey
4.5/5

Esteban, Trueba,
how does your childhood grow?
With fear and guilt and such hard work
and a love that leaves you low.
In thoughts of grief and thoughts of rage,
and a slump of of broken land,
you will rape your heart out, Esteban,
set life to your demand.

Clara, Clara, clairvoyant,
how does your marriage keep?
With magic silent and so near,
to where your children sleep.
When tragedy has struck your home,
and the bull is in the shop,
reality will find you there,
your disengagement stop.

Humans, humans, high
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Emily May
When I was a kid, me and my brother used to spend most weekends at our grandparents house. And most of those weekends we would watch one of the same two movies on the good ol' VCR: Steel Magnolias and The House of the Spirits. No one seems to know the latter movie when I mention it, but it starred a bunch of impressive names: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder. My memory might be painting a better picture than the truth, but me and my brother LOVED the mov ...more
Ariel
Feb 26, 2016 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never in my life read a book where SO MUCH HAPPENS. AY. Generation after generation of DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, AMIRITE? I seriously don't know how to rate this book. Personally it wasn't a favourite, I found myself overwhelmed and bombarded with so much tragedy and injustice and found no love in any of the characters, but I really appreciated so much of what happened and really enjoyed learning more about magical realism.

Here's my video review of this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awofw
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Jen
Mar 07, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This took me some time to read as I wanted to savour it for as long as possible and not have it end. This is my first Allende novel which depicts an epic story of a Latin American family that spans 3 generations. Weaved throughout are hints of mysticism, history, political unrest, cultural richness along with vivid descriptions of a cast of characters in which some evoke ethereal auras and others violent furies.

Allende’s masterful style of writing is lavish with foreshadowing and thematic contra
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Becky
Dec 28, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-language
2.5 stars, actually. (Still waiting for Goodreads to give me that half-star option.) Let's be honest, Isabel Allende is chick lit that you're not embarrassed to read on the Metro. It's got just enough faux-Garcia-Marquez, magical-realism-lite charm to fool people into thinking it's moderately intellectual. I don't have a big problem with that (as long as people realize what's going on) because Allende is a fine storyteller. This novel, her first and most famous, is a fairly traditional family sa ...more
Antonio
Jul 16, 2016 Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: histórica

El pasado y el futuro eran parte de la misma cosa y la realidad del presente era un caleidoscopio de espejos desordenados, donde todo podía ocurrir

La casa de los espíritus es la historia de varias generaciones de una familia, donde el pasado, el futuro y el presente se entrelazan, a veces volviéndose indistinguibles, es similar en muchos aspectos a “Cien años de soledad” aunque en mi pensar no es una copia, y tiene méritos por contar una historia diferente, aunque utilice el mismo recurso de R
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Nikoleta
Apr 26, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αν και είναι το πρώτο δικό της βιβλίο που διαβάζω, στον κόσμο του βιβλίου και όχι μόνο, η Αλιέντε δεν χρειάζεται συστάσεις. Ήταν καιρός λοιπόν να την γνωρίσω κ εγώ και νομίζω ότι αυτή η έναρξη που έκανα ήταν ότι καλύτερο θα μπορούσα να επιλέξω.
Δεν θα πω πολλά. Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι πλέον πασίγνωστο. 3 γενιές μιας οικογένειας. Μαζί τους βιώνουμε το τέλος μιας ολόκληρης εποχής και τις επιπτώσεις του. Δεν χρειάζεται να αναφέρω την ιστορία, διότι η γνώμη μου είναι απλώς να το διαβάσετε.
Αυτό που μου
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stephanie
haha, so my sophomore honors english teacher decided he wanted to read a book with us for the first time, so he asked our department head to recommend a book. we all died, because mr. wells could not deal with talking about sex, and mr. hackling knew this, and he assigned this book. i mean, a couple of pages in, there's all this graphic rape in the fields going on! and then there's the creepy ass count . . .

i really loved the book though. it's layered, it's complex, it's beautiful. the imagery
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Lamski Kikita
Mar 27, 2009 Lamski Kikita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allende's first and best work of art. The story of three generations of Trueba women that tells the history of a nation.

During the first 10 pages I was thinking to myself that there is way too much similarity on so many levels to One Hundred Years of Solitude, but why not, since it's the bible of Latin American magical realism?

In addition to Clara, the second Del Valle daughter who forsaw the future, communicated with spirits, and moved objects without touching them, and Blanca, her daughter w
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Markus
The House of the Spirits has a lot of aspects I normally wouldn't even consider reading about, and I only started reading this book because it is a famous classic that's been recommended to me several times before. I usually don't like historical fiction set in a modern period, and I am very skeptical towards the concept of a 'family saga', which is the major theme here. Nevertheless, rating this anything lower than five stars would be a great injustice to one of the absolute best books ever wri ...more
Phrynne
One of the problems with a family saga is that people inevitably have to get old and die and sometimes when the best character goes the story loses its focus. I enjoyed a lot of this book but felt that when one main character left the scene she was not really replaced by any of the others and my interest waned. I read on to the end but did not really become involved in the final chapters at all. Still a good book and I can understand why it is a favorite for many people.
Nian
May 10, 2008 Nian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I really wish I could say this is an amazing book, worthy of so much thoughtful praises, etc., but that would just be a lie. Given how much I enjoy good writing—and this book definitely has it all, like a beautifully crafted essay that speaks with prominent characters and conflicts between generations of families—it’s kind of weird for me to say this book is just okay. I mean, the only thing I like from this entire book is the language: the metaphors, descriptions, the lines that sound so poetic ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« Ogni tanto ho la sensazione che questo l’ho già vissuto e che ho già scritto queste stesse parole, ma capisco che non sono io, bensì un’altra donna, che aveva preso appunti sui quaderni affinché io me ne servissi. Scrivo, lei ha scritto, che la memoria è fragile e il corso di una vita è molto breve e tutto avviene così in fretta, che non riusciamo a vedere il rapporto tra gli eventi, non possiamo misurare le conseguenze delle azioni, crediamo nella finzione del tempo, nel presente, nel passato ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 516 صفحه تشکیل شده و نویسنده در آن به خاطرات و زندگیِ خانواده اش در زمانِ انقلاب هایِ « شیلی» و حکومتِ « پینوشه» و برکناریِ « سالوادور آلنده» پرداخته که عمویِ نویسنده « ایزابل آلنده» است و همچنین اشاره هایی به اتفاق هایی که حولِ افرادِ نزدیک به آنها بودند، همچون سناتور «استبان تروبا» نیز داشته است

در صفحاتِ پایانی از این کتاب نوشته: اکنون در جستجویِ نفرتی هستم که نمی توانم آن را بیابم... احساس می کنم که به همان نسبت که پدربزرگم را بهتر درک میکنم، و در کتابچه هایِ مادر
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Rita
"Algumas vezes sofria ataques de asma. Então chamava a neta com uma campainha de prata que andava sempre consigo e Alba acudia a correr, abraçava-a e curava-a com sussurros de consolo, pois ambas sabiam, por experiência, que a única coisa que pára a asma é o abraço prolongado de um ser querido."

Opinião no blog:
http://clarocomoaagua.blogs.sapo.pt/o...
Garrett
Feb 05, 2008 Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Garrett by: Cassie
Wow, what a remarkable novel. All over the book's jacket and in online reviews you'll find comparisons to Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude--rightfully so, I think. Both novels span decades and generations of families and are written in the magical realism style.
I can't say that I loved 100 Years of Solitude, but The House of the Spirits is certainly the best book I've read this year, my favorite book I've read this year.
I loved each character, particularly the women whose lives are the subject of
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Perry
Jun 19, 2016 Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Passions, Politics & Psychic Powers over Three Generations of Chilean Family

Isabel Allende's stunning saga, The House of the Spirits, spans three generations of the Chilean Trueba family ending a few years after the Sept. 11, 1973 government overthrow led by General Pinochet, the awful right-wing dictator who, with the U.S. govt's support, seized the chance opened upon fears that Marxists would take over Chile.

Ms. Allende', who to my mind should soon be Chile's 3d Nobel Laureate in Literatur
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Nicole
Dec 14, 2008 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a really hard time getting into magic realism, I'm more of a realism-realism kind of gal myself, so I was surprised when I started semi getting into this. Although, characteristically, I got more into the less magic/more realistic parts of the novel. I think this book wants to be some type of a feminist novel, but it falls short in so many ways. Now, I am not the type of feminist who goes out looking for feminist novels (big Roth fan here, actually) but I do have a problem with anything t ...more
Sue
I've not read much in the area of magical realism (except for my aborted attempt to read Borges' Ficciones). This was a much more successful reading experience I believe because it was grounded in an historical time/experience that interests me: the coming to power of the Socialist government of Salvador Allende and it's eventual overthrow by coup.

My experience of the book seems to have been opposite some others from what I have seen in some reviews. While I found the first half to be OK with so
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Robert Beveridge
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits (Knopf, 1985)

The House of the Spirits has set a new record at Goat Central. I have been trying to read this book for three years. Three solid years (well, just shy. Another two weeks and I would have made the anniversary). Why did I keep trying? Because when I'm actually reading it, it's not half bad. But every time I put it down, there is nothing, not a single thing, about it that makes me want to pick it up again. So I'll end up going six to eight month
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kaire
Jun 15, 2014 kaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
!!! ملحمه
هذه الروايه ملحمه القرن العشرين
هناك الكثيرون شبهوها بمئه عام من العزله
!لا أعرف لماذا
فالروايه تتبع أسلوب مدرسه الواقعيه السحريه
التي أنتشرت وأشتهرت بها أمريكا اللاتينه لا أكثر
ولأن القارئ العربي أكثره قد قرأ لماركيز
فقد ظنوا بها التقليد
لا علينا فلنعود
!!! ملحمه
هذه الروايه ملحمه القرن العشرين
عبقريه الليندي أكتسبتها من الظروف الصعبه
التي مرت بها بحياتها
والذي يقرأ سيرتها الذاتيه سيجدها مشابهه
جدا ً لروايتها وقصصها فلا عجب
فالكاتب يروي نفسه كثيرا ً وهو مرآه نفسه
هذه الروايه كتبتها الليندي بالم
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Isabel
3.5! Me gusto bastante, pero no es mi favorito de Allende. Reí y llore con este libro.
Luís Blue Coltrane
The House of the Spirits, a book we were advised one college professor by telling us simply: "It's a fun book."
This advice I followed - While "few" years later - proves to be notified.
Now that is my turn, I'll try to be more explicit than has been the teacher - That I thank!
The House of the Spirits is a novel that has it all. It is a family saga with the right amount of love and tragedy, which mingles the upheavals experienced by the Chilean company in the second half of the twentieth century. T
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Olga
Jan 22, 2009 Olga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me insomnia when I was reading it, I was so unsettled and fascinated by it. The setting is beautiful and dramatic and the atmosphere is magical. The politics are horrible, typical Latin American stuff, and Allende should know, as a close relative of the murdered socialist Chilean president, Salvador Allende.
It's an incredible family saga, a powerful history of characters plagued by their own, I guess, characters. You hate some and you admire some, still, they are all interesting
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Chrissie
Feb 28, 2016 Chrissie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf, favorites, magic, chile, series
I believe this is Allende's best book. She writes about what she knows, what pulls her own heart. This family, although very quirky, feels very real. Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. And you learn about Chile and the era before Pinochet.
Αλίκη
Ο Εστέμπαν Τρουέμπα, ξεκινάει ως ένας απλός εργάτης ορυχείου και φτάνει πολύ ψηλά, χτίζοντας μια ολόκληρη περιουσία στο μυαλό, τα χέρια και την ισχύ του. Η Κλάρα είναι μια όμορφη νότα δροσιάς στην ιστορία, ανάλαφρη και αφηρημένη, χαμογελαστή και διορατική, μια γυναίκα που προσπαθεί να ζήσει μια όμορφη ζωή δίπλα σε αυτό τον δύσκολο άνθρωπο, ενώ παράλληλα ασχολείται με τη μοίρα και το πεπρωμένο, κάνει τρίποδα τραπεζάκια να περπατούν και παίζει πιάνο με το νου της. Τα παιδιά τους έχουν όλα μια ξεχω ...more
Ebru
May 01, 2016 Ebru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, classics
Cok cok begendim,şiddetle tavsiye ederim. Özellikle Şili darbesi sonrası anlatılanlar çok dokunaklı ve bir o kadar da ülkemizde yaşananlara benzer hadiseler.
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