My Invented Country : A Memoir Paperback
The life story of Isabel Allende - one of the world's favourite writers - is as exotic, passionate and inspiring as one of her novels.Just three when her parents divorced, Isabel Allende was raised in her grandparents' home in Chile.
She left school at 16; and married Miguel Frias at 19.
She then juggled her work as a journalist, editor, advice columnist and television interviewer with looking after her two children.But when her cousin the Chilean president Salvador Allende was assassinated in 1973 in Pinochet's right-wing military coup, her life changed profoundly.
It was too dangerous to stay in Chile; and she, her husband, and their two children fled to Venezuela.
During her impoverished exile, she started writing `The House of the Spirits'.
Based on her memories of her family and the political upheaval in her native country, it became an international bestseller and everything changed again...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/02/2004
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780007163106
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Review by stillbeing
I'm not too sure what to make of this one. I didn't know a thing about Chile, it's history, geography or politics before, so it was an interesting read in that sense. However, I wouldn't judge the country on a book in which the author clearly states that her recollections are quite subjective, and at times I found it all a bit sentimental and personal (which might just be a question of taste).