It‘s been too long since I‘ve read Allende and she‘s one of my favorites so this is tonight‘s bedtime reading. Sweet dreams!
“The only cure for so much misfortune is love. It‘s not the force of gravity that keeps the universe in balance, but the binding power of love.”
This is my first Allende novel, and I honestly don‘t know what has taken me so long to read her work. This is what I love about reading challenges! I love stories like this one when strangers/acquaintances bond over a shared event.
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1. Tagged book and Sorcery & Cecilia
2. My last five star read was my reread of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before that was The Yellow Wallpaper
3. “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” - Alice in Wonderland
I admire and respect Isabel Allende very much. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this read. The tone feels very uneven, sometimes dark and other times almost flippantly lighthearted, especially with the seriousness of the ordeal that brings the three characters together and the horrors of their pasts. A lot of details are repeated, which made it feel a little unedited to me. Overall, it just didn‘t feel very crafted, polished, or intentional.
Look what just arrived @Cinfhen - thank you so much! I‘ve never read any Allende, although I have a different one on my TBR shelf. This one looks fab though as it‘s set in Brooklyn and I just looove books about NYC. I looked up Saints for All Occasions as I‘ve not heard of that and it sounds just up my street as well, and will fit one of the prompts for the 50 states challenge I‘m doing in 2019.
Happy New Year Cindy! 😘🎉😘🎉
I never know which Allende I‘m going to get when I start a new book by her. I always like her ideas, but the execution can be sublime (Daughter of Fortune) or less so (Ripper.) This one was a solid 3⭐️. She explores ideas of immigration, justice, the soul, and finding love in later life. But it often felt like a good outline for a book rather than a fleshed out novel. She told things she should have shown, for example. 👇🏻
After seeing a documentary about Scottish trade unions reacting to the overthrow of Salvador Allende I was inspired to pick up another of Isabel's books. Coincidentally, I chose this one which could count as #firstsnowinbrooklyn @trishb @Cinfhen #winterwonderland
#WinterWonderland A future IRL bookclub choice. Seems to be a hate it/ love it type of book and a romance story ( which usually isn‘t my thing😳) From the blurb I gather a car accident that stems from a #FirstSnowOnBrooklyn brings together 3 individuals who are all grappling with loneliness and despair. The book is set in Chile,Brazil, Guatemala & present day Brooklyn. Using this for #pop19 too!
Thank you @Lizylindz03 ! I love it all! I've been wanting to pick up I'd Rather Be Reading (because of course I would!) and the Allende looks great. Love all the goodies to especially the cozy socks! Hope you were spoiled too! Have a very Merry Christmas! #StuffedStockingSwap #SSS
Sometimes, when starting a book that I don't seem interested in I take a break and revisit the book at a later date. I've tried on several occasions, but I just can't get into this book. A girlfriend of mine loved it! Unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass on this romance :-(
No es la fuerza de la gravedad la que mantiene el universo en equilibrio, sino la fuerza adhesiva del amor.
What a great story. To me Allende‘s works usually cross many lines and I can‘t really identify which genre they pertain to. This one is a mix of a cozy mystery, romance, supernatural, and contemporary fiction that talks about the reality of life and blows it deals different people, along with the hard and sad truth of illegal immigration and the broken immigration system in the USA.
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«Al necesitado no se le pregunta quién es ni de dónde viene, Richard. Todos somos iguales en la desgracia», le decía Joseph a su hijo.
“Richard creció con la historia de su padre en la guerra, con la idea tallada a cincel en su mente de que ayudar al perseguido es un deber moral ineludible.”
The structure is disjointed—the life stories are much more interesting than the modern day storyline that binds the characters together and I felt that Allende should have used another narrative style. The backstories are beautifully written and incredibly moving in their harsh realities but again, the present day plot takes away from this. Perhaps this was done on purpose, to juxtapose a love story against the darkness.
This was my first Allende and it was ... good? It was exactly what I was expecting, oddly enough. I'll def recommend this to the older women who come into my library but I can't say that I'm going to seek out any other books by her. It's not that this wasn't enjoyable. Like, it was pleasant and interesting and empathetic to undocumented immigrants in the US, but I didn't feel very attached. But: nice #audiobook voice acting!
When dad decides to go to the bathroom the pups say it‘s time to mope. 😆 such big babies...
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Just started reading the tagged book. 🙂💕 slowly but surely reading all of Allende‘s works.
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Definitely feeling this. I started this year with a simple goal, I wanted to read more. I made myself a 16 book reading list and challenged myself to get through it. That goal has morphed into a 52 book goal, whatever I feel like reading but 52 new books, I just finished 45, I‘m so proud of myself #2018 #yearofbooks #bookworm #goals
This was my first read of a book by Isabel Allende, and I was very impressed with her ability to combine a story of modern immigration with history and family. Fast paced, heart breaking, characters that you want to succeed. Brooklyn, Guatemala, Chile. Pivotal scene at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. #booked2018 #refugeemc
Another wonderful novel by Allende - somehow she manages to make 3 characters who have all be damaged by the past trauma into strong individuals who choose a dangerous to protect each other. She manages to tell the story of unrest in Guatemala, Chile, and hedonism in Brazil while having the characters make an astounding decision when confronted with a murder. Great stuff.
"Her desire to get the most out of life grew greater as her future shrank, and part of that enthusiasm was the vague hope of having someone to cherish, even if this clashed with the reality of a lack of opportunities. She missed sex, romance, and love. The first of these she could obtain every so often, the second was a matter of luck, and the third was a gift from the gods that would probably never happen." P9
My situation on this rainy night 🧐
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Completely unexpected Litten Mail! Thank you Megan @TheKidUpstairs ! 💜 You made my day. 😊
Doing well on my own 2018 challenge. Loved this book - it was like Coronation Street there was so much drama. The end was a bit too neat, but the pages flew.
I saw this for the first time today in the bookstore and fell in love with it so hard I had to bring it home with me! The story looks so sweet and incredible! Has anyone read anything by Isabel Allende? This is my first time reading this author! :-)