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The House of the Spirits. Isabel Allende.

The House of the Spirits. Isabel Allende. 1972.  I am a fan of Allende’s work, even her early books.  This is fiction based on fact around the intertwined fates of two families in an unnamed Latin country.  I saw similarities to Argentia, Venezuela, El Salvador history.  One family has beautiful, spiritual but tragic daughters and another has the rags to riches story of a son.  This is all bound up in a showdown between capitalism and socialism, leading to a fascist state. The lives, love and eventual deaths of many protagonists are clearly laid out. Allende has a rich descriptive sensual style reminiscent of DH Lawrence.  Easy to read and skillfully done.