|Plot Summary of The House of the Spirits|
|"Three generations of women living in Chillie struggle with the patriarch of their family and with the political and social upheavals surrounding them. Clara is a psychic who marries Esteban Trueba, a staunch conservative, her daughter and gradndaughter are caught up, through love and family, in the conflicts. Linked by name - Clara, Alba and Blanca all meaning "White" they are three strong women with a will to have their own way and a loyalty to those they love that will defy almost anything. A superbly colourful book full of magical realism and actual history."
Bryn Pearson, Resident Scholar
|"An excellent novel that brings back the horrible dictatorship period in Chile. It's the story about a man that becomes obssessed with power and the need to feel accepted by his wife. It deals with problems in the family, as well as problems with inner self."
Marjorie Lamperein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The House of the Spirits|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- general liberal/left wing activism
- fighting government corruption
- women fighting for rights
Inside culture (main char)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians
- Revolution, general
- politician/elected ruler
- long lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can see into the future
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
The Americas (not US):
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- actual description of hetero sex
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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