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My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende
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“My worst flaw is that I tell secrets, my own and everybody else's. ”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“Literary characters, like my grandmother's apparitions, are fragile beings, easily frightened; they must be treated with care so they will feel comfortable in my pages”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“I have a hundred-year-old aunt who aspires to sainthood, and whose only wish has been to go into the convent, but no congregation, not even the Little Sisters of Charity, could tolerate her for more than a few weeks, so the family has had to look after her. Believe me, there is nothing so insufferable as a saint, I wouldn't sic one on my worst enemy.”
Isabel Allende, Mi Pais Inventado: Un Paseo Nostalgico por Chile
“If, for example, I saw my grandparents or my daughter for an instant, would I recognize them? Probably not, because in looking so hard for a way to keep them alive, remembering them in the most minimal details, I have been changing them, adorning them with qualities they may not have had. I have given them a destiny much more complex than the ones they lived.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“I've been so thoroughly incorporated into the California culture that I practice meditation and go to a therapist, even though I always set a trap: during my meditation I invent stories to keep from being bored, and in therapy I invent stories to keep from boring the psychologist.”
Isabel Allende, Mi Pais Inventado: Un Paseo Nostalgico por Chile
tags: story, wit
“The last time I was in Chile, I was hypnotized by a friend who is studying to be a curandero, a healer, who led me back through several incarnations. It wasn't easy to return to the present, however, since my friend hadn't reached that part of the course, but the experiment was well worth the effort because I discovered that in former lives I was not Genghis Khan, as my mother believes.”
Isabel Allende, Mi Pais Inventado: Un Paseo Nostalgico por Chile
“Nadie sabe para quién escribe. Cada libro es un mensaje lanzado en una botella al mar con la esperanza de que arribe a otra orilla.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“Nostalgia is my vice. Nostalgia is a melancholy, and slightly saccharine, sentiment, like tenderness”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“Catholics form a majority in Chile, although there are more and more Evangelicals and Pentacostals who irritate everyone because they have a direct understanding with God while everyone else must pass through the priestly bureaucracy.”
Isabel Allende, Mi Pais Inventado: Un Paseo Nostalgico por Chile
“Writing, when all is said and done, is an attempt to understand one's own circumstance and to clarify the confusion of existence, including insecurities that do not torment normal people, only chronic nonconformists, many of whom end up as writers after having failed in other undertakings.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“But that's how nostalgia is: a slow dance in a large circle. Memories don't organize themselves chronologically, they're like smoke, changing, ephemeral, and if they're not written down they fade into oblivion.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“El exiliado mira hacia el pasado, lamiéndose las heridas; el inmigrante
mira hacia el futuro, dispuesto a aprovechar las oportunidades a su alcance.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“He armado la idea de mi país como un rompecabezas, seleccionando aquellas piezas que se ajustan a mi diseño e ignorando las demás.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“The North Americans' sense of time is very special. They are short on patience. Everything must be quick, including food and sex, which the rest of the world treats ceremoniously. Gringos invented two terms that are untranslatable into most languages: “snack” and “quickie,” to refer to eating standing up and loving on the run . . . that, too, sometimes standing up. The most popular books are manuals: how to become a millionaire in ten easy lessons, how to lose fifteen pounds a week, how to recover from your divorce, and so on. People always go around looking for shortcuts, and ways to escape anything they consider unpleasant: ugliness, old age, weight, illness, poverty, and failure in any of its aspects.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“Más o menos cada diez años echo una mirada hacia el pasado y puedo ver el mapa de mi viaje, si es que eso
puede llamarse un mapa; parece más bien un plato de tallarines. Si uno vive lo suficiente y mira para atrás, es obvio que no hacemos más que andar en círculos.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“El golpe militar no surgió de la nada; las fuerzas que apoyaron a la dictadura estaban allí, pero no las habíamos percibido.
Algunos defectos de los chilenos que antes estaban bajo la superficie emergieron en gloria y majestad durante ese período.
No es posible que de la noche a la mañana se organizara la represión en tan vasta escala sin que la tendencia totalitaria existiera en un sector de la sociedad; por lo visto no éramos tan democráticos como creíamos. Por su parte el gobierno de Salvador Allende no era inocente como me gusta imaginarlo; hubo ineptitud, corrupción, soberbia. En la vida real héroes
y villanos suelen confundirse, pero puedo asegurar que en los gobiernos democráticos, incluyendo el de la Unidad
Popular, no hubo jamás la crueldad que la nación ha sufrido cada vez que intervienen los militares.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“Si me preguntaban mi nacionalidad, debía dar largas explicaciones y dibujar un mapa para demostrar que Chile no quedaba en el centro de Asia, sino en el sur de América. A menudo lo confundían con China, porque el nombre sonaba parecido. Los belgas, acostumbrados a la idea de las colonias en África, solían sorprenderse de que mi marido pareciera inglés y yo no
fuera negra; alguna vez me preguntaron por qué no usaba el traje típico, que tal vez imaginaban como los vestidos de
Carmen Miranda en las películas de Hollywood: falda a lunares y un canasto con piñas en la cabeza.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“No heredé los poderes psíquicos de mi abuela, pero ella me abrió la mente a los misterios del mundo. Acepto que
cualquier cosa es posible. Ella sostenía que existen múltiples dimensiones de la realidad y no es prudente confiar sólo en la razón y en nuestros limitados sentidos para entender la vida; existen otras herramientas de percepción, como el instinto, la imaginación, los sueños, las emociones, la intuición. Me introdujo al realismo mágico mucho antes que el llamado boom de la literatura latinoamericana lo pusiera de moda.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“Color prejudice is so strong that if a woman has yellow hair, even if she has the face of an iguana, men turn to look at her in the street.”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile
“at least as old as synthetic penicillin—you”
Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

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