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Mi Pais Inventado El primer recuerdo que Isabel Allende tiene de Chile es el de una casa que nunca conoci la casa grande y vieja de la calle Cueto, donde naci su madre Esta casa, evocada por su abuelo con tanta frecuencia que Isabel cree haber vivido all , se convierte en la protagonista de su primera novela La Casa de los Esp ritus Dicha obra vuelve a aparecer al comienzo de las fascinantes y seductoras memorias, Mi Pa s Inventado, que ahora nos ofrece esta talentosa escritoraLos asiduos lectores de Allende reconocer n inmediatamente a los miembros de esta familia chilena abuelos, bisabuelos, t as, t os y amigos , personajes de car cter m tico que pueblan este magn fico libro A su vez, es un retrato inolvidable de la idiosincrasia del pueblo chileno, su historia violenta y su esp ritu indomable Aunque Isabel afirma haber sido una extranjera en su propio pa s Nunca encaj en ning n sitio, ni en mi familia, ni en mi clase social ni en la religi n que se me confiri lleva consigo hasta hoy la marca de la pol tica y la magia de su tierra natal En Mi Pa s Inventado explora el papel de la memoria y la nostalgia que le ayudaron a dar forma a su vida y a sus librosDos acontecimientos vitales alteran la peripat tica narrativa de este libro el golpe militar y la violenta muerte de su t o, Salvador Allende Gossens elde septiembre deque la condujeron a exiliarse y a convertirse en escritora, y el ataque terrorista delde septiembre del , en los Estados Unidos, que suscita en ella un sentimiento de lealtad a su segunda patria Mi Pa s Inventado, cuya estructura sigue el funcionamiento de la memoria, recorre de ac para all la distancia temporal en la que se acumulan las vida pasada y presentes de la autora Esta obra se dirige al inmigrante, ya que refleja su experiencia y su lucha por mantener una vida interior coherente en un mundo lleno de contradiccionesSobre la autoraNacida en Per , Isabel Allende se cri en Chile Algunos de sus libros, La casa de los esp ritus, De amor y sombra, Eva Luna, Cuentos de Eva Luna, El plan infinito, y m s recientemente, Paula, traducidos a m s delenguas, encabezan la lista de bestsellers en varios paises de Am rica y Europa Isabel Allende reside actualmente en CaliforniaBorn in Peru, Isabel Allende was raised in Chile She is the author of the novels Portrait in Sepia, Daughter of Fortune, The Infinite Plan, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows,andThe House of the Spirits, the short story collection The Stories of Eva Luna, the memoir Paula, and Aphrodite A Memoir of the Senses City of the Beastis her first novel for young readers She lives in California I am a big fan of Isabel Allende s novels, but this book did not capture me I finished three 500 hundred page dense non fiction books while trudging through this less the 200 paged auto biographical tome i know that she recounted joys and pleasures of her country as well of the history of its dark history, but I grew weary of the traditional intransigence of the culture HEr novels are gleanings from this same culture and I am intrigued and entranced by them It is puzzling but I would mch rat I am a big fan of Isabel Allende s novels, but this book did not capture me I finished three 500 hundred page dense non fiction books while trudging through this less the 200 paged auto biographical tome i know that she recounted joys and pleasures of her country as well of the history of its dark history, but I grew weary of the traditional intransigence of the culture HEr novels are gleanings from this same culture and I am intrigued and entranced by them It is puzzling but I would mch rather savor her next novel then try to figure out the reason s why Only you can help me in my hard times Only you Isabel. This is Isabel Allende s funny and sorrowful tribute to her native country She starts off with amusing stories a cat killing refrigerator her grandfather s insistence that he saw the devil on a bus her father who disguised himself as a Peruvian Indian woman with bright petticoats and a wig with long braids Later in the book she moves on to the horror and repression suffered by the Chilean people following the CIA assisted military coup in 1973 The book is not so much a memoir as it is an e This is Isabel Allende s funny and sorrowful tribute to her native country She starts off with amusing stories a cat killing refrigerator her grandfather s insistence that he saw the devil on a bus her father who disguised himself as a Peruvian Indian woman with bright petticoats and a wig with long braids Later in the book she moves on to the horror and repression suffered by the Chilean people following the CIA assisted military coup in 1973 The book is not so much a memoir as it is an exploration of the nostalgia that has informed Allende s life and writing She left Chile in 1975 to escape Pinochet s dictatorship Her longing for that country of her memory and invention is palpable on every page I ve read several of her novels and always imagined her as a serious person Here in her non fiction writing I was surprised and delighted by her sense of humor It s very wry and sometimes has barbs, but I found myself laughing out loud many times She shares bizarre stories about her loony family members and explains the origins of the Chilean national character traits The book is loosely organized, but Allende has the charms to make it work There s a little history, a little geography, some politics, a lot of Chilean culture, and a whole lot of heart.If you ve read her novels, this book will give you some insight into how she comes by some of her wild creations Her first book, The House of the Spirits, began as a letter to her beloved grandfather who was dying She describes the resulting novel as an attempt to recapture my lost country, to reunite my scattered family, to revive the dead and preserve their memories, which were beginning to be blown away in the whirlwind of exile Isabel Allende s writing flows like a story that your grandmother would tell you about a time long before you were born, but that still has an intricate connection to your world and flickers into existence only to be half seen or intuitively perceived as a lingering presence These are the stories about a past that does not belong to you, but that seems so familiar because of the wonderful voice of the author who, inadvertently perhaps, but nevertheless compellingly, makes you a part of her hist Isabel Allende s writing flows like a story that your grandmother would tell you about a time long before you were born, but that still has an intricate connection to your world and flickers into existence only to be half seen or intuitively perceived as a lingering presence These are the stories about a past that does not belong to you, but that seems so familiar because of the wonderful voice of the author who, inadvertently perhaps, but nevertheless compellingly, makes you a part of her history through the act of telling This is the nostalgic recollection of Chile, Allende s country of origin The writing lets itself go, lingering on some aspects of day to day life only to drift away toward memories of eccentric uncles and mysterious distant relatives It is a powerful tale of nostalgia that dilutes and distorts, but paradoxically perhaps, is the main mechanism that makes remembrance possible.A world traveler to say the least, daughter of diplomats and exiled after the military coup in 1973, Allende talks about her mother land with a mixture of sadness, ironic criticism and heartfelt longing She tells all, admitting that many of her novels, much like this work, have displeased her all too bashful relatives, but accepts that what she depicts is, to some degree, an invention Personal memories become intertwined with what others have told her, a keen journalistic eye that notices even the slightest details is thwarted by a subjectivity that is openly acknowledged What makes this book special, a mixture between a travel log, a novel and an autobiography, is the voice that tells the story Allende has humour and a talent for narration that has attracted a wide audience and that has made each of her books wonderfully immersive reads.It is stated, somewhere in the first chapters, that in order to understand Chile and Chilean life as a whole, one must read Pablo Neruda s poems It got me thinking about countries and their writers, be they poets, novelists or otherwise Perhaps countries need their writers just as much as writers need their countries be it a matter of outright rejection or patriotic devotion, each author is defined by the space in which he has lived Through his work, he or she implicitly tells its story This may be a plain and generally obvious point to make, but I believe it is something that comes through Allende s pages She tells the story of her country and, thus, also describes herself in a manner that is authentic and believable She acts as a guide or as an inviting host and I was definitely driven to cross her threshold It has taken me a while to digest what I want to say about Allende s My Invented Country.It starts off rather awkwardly with a catalogue of facts, about Chile, its geography and history Once she gets to the history, we begin to hear acharacteristic voice, at turns wry, funny, horrified and horrifying as she sums up invasion, settlement appropriation of land, interactions between the colonists and the native peoples, and the s of the Chile her grandparents and parents lived in and in w It has taken me a while to digest what I want to say about Allende s My Invented Country.It starts off rather awkwardly with a catalogue of facts, about Chile, its geography and history Once she gets to the history, we begin to hear acharacteristic voice, at turns wry, funny, horrified and horrifying as she sums up invasion, settlement appropriation of land, interactions between the colonists and the native peoples, and the s of the Chile her grandparents and parents lived in and in which she grew up part of the time She mentions in this book that she dreams and writes in Spanish, and for me this was an illumination that explains much about her style Thinking and writing in Spanish gives her access to memories and images that would be constructed differently in English I wonder who translates her work into English Her strong opinions have driven her from her teens throughout her adult life, especially the rights of women and ordinary people , mostly the poor and dispossessed They drove her as a refugee from Chile after the coup, first to Venezuela and then to the US Her outrage at the events of the coup and the repression and brutality that followed leap off the page.She has a knack of writing about incidents in and periods of her personal life that are often imbued with emotion, but never cloying or embarrassing to read, unlike some other memoirs I have read recently And of course much of her early family history and eccentric family life has found its way into her novels It s not a great prose work, but a book I enjoyed and will remember reading for a long time Don t believe everything that I say I tend to exaggerate and, as I warned in the beginning, I can t be objective where Chile is concerned.From MY INVENTED COUNTRY A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile, by Isabel Allende, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden, 2003.My first Allende Not sure if this was a good place to start Definitely gives some context for her novels.Imagine a dinner with an older and very opinionated relative you haven t seen for a long time You listen to theDon t believe everything that I say I tend to exaggerate and, as I warned in the beginning, I can t be objective where Chile is concerned.From MY INVENTED COUNTRY A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile, by Isabel Allende, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden, 2003.My first Allende Not sure if this was a good place to start Definitely gives some context for her novels.Imagine a dinner with an older and very opinionated relative you haven t seen for a long time You listen to them talk a lot about everything under the sun Some things sad, others funny eccentric family members, who left their spouse, who had a child out of wedlock Some of it you ve heard before, some of it new and juicy gossip Some truth bombs, some call outs Some mildly racist and or un PC comments shhh Please don t say that, T a Isabel Entertaining in spots Yes Cringe worthy in spots Also yesWe Chileans enjoy funerals because the dead person is no longer a rival, and now he can t backstab us Several times while reading this memoir, I pictured her as a somewhat liberated updated version of Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, Maggie Smith s character from Downton Abbey She speaks her mind and doesn t make apologies for it Privileged, bourgeois, silver spoon Other than the opening quote where she simply states that she s prone to exaggeration.The first two thirds talk about her history and family, her childhood years away from Chile, and her youth with her grandfather, inspiring her first novel, The House of Spirits In the last third, likely the best part of the book, she discusses the US backed coup d etat, and overthrow of her cousin, the democratically elected president Salvador Allende, by the military junta of Augusto Pinochet in 1973.She readily admits that the Chile that she so loves may have never actually existed hence, the invented in the title , and waxes on nostalgia and memory It s all over the place thematically, but gave me some first hand narrative context on modern Chile, its landscape, culture, and politics I ve never been tempted by Allende s fiction, and I can t say I am now, but this is one well written, engaging memoir To break things down, I d say it s about 65% memoir 20% history 15% travel narrative Other reviewers have said the book is meandering, which is true, but she tells the story in a way that makes sense to her autobiographies need not be strictly chronological narratives If you re wondering why no fifth star, well, she does dwell on the negative at times, both in Chile and the U I ve never been tempted by Allende s fiction, and I can t say I am now, but this is one well written, engaging memoir To break things down, I d say it s about 65% memoir 20% history 15% travel narrative Other reviewers have said the book is meandering, which is true, but she tells the story in a way that makes sense to her autobiographies need not be strictly chronological narratives If you re wondering why no fifth star, well, she does dwell on the negative at times, both in Chile and the USA unfortunately for her, she makes an offhand comment that that America won t elect a non white president a few years before just that happens I m left wondering also whether she s an accurate source for explain the current Chilean mindset, when she hadn t lived in the country just visited for the 30 years prior to writing this story Audio narration by Christine McMurdo Wallis was spot on five stars there Definitely recommended I never noticed how much I love memoirs until my daughter pointed it out to me We joke about that endlessly, since I m often quite unaware of the genre of a book when I choose it and start reading it Well, a memoir and never mind one written by Allende, I simply knew that it had to be good This book is full of nostalgia and memories of her life in Chile She writes beautifully and from the heart For me, reading Isabel Allende books are a pleasure This one was a re read and I loved it yet ag I never noticed how much I love memoirs until my daughter pointed it out to me We joke about that endlessly, since I m often quite unaware of the genre of a book when I choose it and start reading it Well, a memoir and never mind one written by Allende, I simply knew that it had to be good This book is full of nostalgia and memories of her life in Chile She writes beautifully and from the heart For me, reading Isabel Allende books are a pleasure This one was a re read and I loved it yet again My 5th Isabel Allende book A couple of years ago I read Allende s autobiographical work Paula , which is a sad recount of her daughter s long coma and death, and what Allende went through during that time My Invented Country gives a broader overview of the author s life from childhood to the turn of the century This book was published in 2003 and I googled some recent stuff on her and things have changed inevitably Willy and her are no longer together since 2015 There s no doubt that Is My 5th Isabel Allende book A couple of years ago I read Allende s autobiographical work Paula , which is a sad recount of her daughter s long coma and death, and what Allende went through during that time My Invented Country gives a broader overview of the author s life from childhood to the turn of the century This book was published in 2003 and I googled some recent stuff on her and things have changed inevitably Willy and her are no longer together since 2015 There s no doubt that Isabel Allende has a very charming personality I sort of have a love hate relationship with her books They are easy reads, but at times I find myself annoyed by the characters and the many love scenes Anyway, I enjoyed this non fiction work a lot and I think it s probably my favorite Allende book She really comes across as a thoughtful and determined woman I love her reflections on where she comes from and how she has changed due to moving around the world a lot I could totally relate to a lot of what she said, which was very consoling for meBeing a foreigner, as I have been almost forever, means that I have to make a much greater effort than the natives, which has kept me on my toes and forced me to become flexible and adapt to different surroundings This condition has some advantages for someone who earns her living by observing nothing seems natural to me, almost everything surprises me I ask absurd questions, but sometimes I ask them of the right people and thus get ideas for my novels Allende introduces the reader to Chile, her home country and where both of her parents are from Sometimes Allende feels very Chilean, but sometimes she feels like a foreigner when she returns back to Chile she has lived in the US since the 80s When she describes Chileans, she uses a lot of generalizations, which are subjective of course, but after a while made me roll my eyes No doubt that the book is very entertaining and I learned a lot about Allende s background and her views on lifeIn contrast, those of us who have moved on many times develop tough skin out of necessity Since we lack roots or corroboration of who we are, we must put our trust in memory to give continuity to our lives but memory is always cloudy, we can t trust it Things that happened in the past have fuzzy outlines, they re pale it s as if my life has been nothing but a series of illusions, of fleeting images, of events I don t understand, or only half understand I have absolutely no sense of certainty Highly recommend this to any Allende reader


About the Author: Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean American novelist Allende, who writes in the magic realism tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges She currently resides in California with her husband Allende adopted U.S citizenship in 2003.


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