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The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
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Nov 08, 09

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read in October, 2009

Bearing witness with respect and compassion to human folly in an "unending tale of sorrow, blood, and love", Allende does not excuse, but she also does not condemn. Life is more complicated, more interesting, more magical, much larger and less clear than good and evil, right and wrong.

The author asks the reader to consider a move beyond hate and a revenge that just perpetuates and feeds itself through generations of suffering and remorse; to consider, instead, how each individual's behavior fits into the fragile and constantly changing web of the world, and how our own actions and reactions can restore a sense of possibility.

A pleasure from start to finish.

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