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Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende
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Jul 30, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 30 to August 10, 2010

The first Allende I read was The House of the Spirits and I loved it, so I read this as soon as I finished Portrait in Sepia.

Allende is one of my favorite storytellers; the way she takes something relatively domestic, such as the generational trace of a family (as in The House of the Spirits) and something blatantly political (as told in Of Love and Shadows) and crafts it into an almost lyrically beautiful piece of writing is extremely enviable.

I enjoyed Of Love and Shadows because it read much more quickly than any of her previous books that I read and it told a very interesting story (you would be amazed how incorporating Chilean history raises your essay scores on AP tests).

I can't say a single bad thing about her writing; if the translations are this beautiful, I'm sure it's even more wonderful to read in her native language.

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