Day 3, NaBloPoMo: The House of the Spirits

I apologize in advance for the multiple posts, I’m catching up with NaBloPoMo.

Title: The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabele Allende
Genre: Magical Realism
Publication Date: First publication in Spanish, 1982. First publication in English, 1985.
[First Read] | [Reread]


In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate. (description from Random House)

Why I want to Read It:

When I was researching banned books to read for my face-to-face book club, I came across Allende’s The House of the Spirits. On my biweekly trip to the bookstore I found a copy and read a few pages, which piqued my interest. I also wanted to diversify my reading and the book clubs’ reading list.

Why banned or challenged?

The House of the Spirits has been challenged several times because of sexual content and violence. In 2013 a parent Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina objected to two sections in the book: a torture scene and a rape scene. Soon the GOP Members of the Watauga County Board of Commissioners chimed in and said the book was “filth” and “despicable.”

Read the letter Allende sent to the school board.


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