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Paula by Isabel Allende
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Aug 20, 10

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Read in May, 2010

It's been a very long time since I've read anything by Allende, and now I remember why I like her so much. She's got the gift of story-telling, even when the topic is (mostly) nonfiction. I say mostly because I'm going to assume she just can't help herself from weaving a few tall ones in there. Paula is the story of Allende's own life as she remembers it while hoping her daughter (Paula) awakens from a coma. I was afraid that it was going to be overly sentimental and dramatic with regard to the sickbed parts, but after the beginning, those parts take a backseat to the adventureland that is Allende's history.

Despite the somber background setting, this is such a fun read, and has something for almost everyone: love, heartbreak, travel, adventure, life, death, war. Oh yeah, and ghosts.

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