“Island Beneath the Sea” by Isabel Allende

  In “Island Beneath the Sea,” Chilean author Isabel Allende deviates from her usual setting of an unnamed South American country.  Instead, the novel takes place primarily in Haiti and New Orleans.  It is a tale of slavery, abuse, love, loss, sorrow, revolution, generation gaps, and incest.  (I definitely wasn’t expecting the incest…) The novelRead more

“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende

  I wasn’t quite sure what genre to categorize this book as, largely because it blends elements of multiple genres into a unique novel.  Is there a line between magical realism and fantasy other than the fact that magical realism tends to be written first in Spanish?  While “The House of Spirits” incorporates elements ofRead more