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The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
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Nov 19, 08

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"Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate caligraphy. She was already in the habit of writing down important matters, and afterward, when she was mute, she also recorded trivialities, never suspecting that fifty years later I would use her notebooks to reclaim the past and overcome terrors of my own."

I could be a literary snot and make unfair One Hundred Years of Solitude comparisons, but I'm not going to because holy crap this book was amazing. Magical, creepy, violent, romantic, suspenseful, poetic, [insert other complimentary adjectives here]. Definitely worth reading and rereading many times.
Fun fact: Isabel Allende's brother is a professor who teaches a class on women in Latin America at my college.
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