Most people will never read Shakespeare after wading through Romeo and Juliet and maybe Hamlet in high school, and that’s understandable. Elizabethan English is a bit of brain twister. It’s a shame, though, because unlike many greats of the past that we know we should read because it’s good for us, Shakespeare should be read (and watched, of course) because his plays are damned entertaining. Read more »
The House of the Spirits: A Novel[/amazon_image]The House of the Spirits is a classic, magical realist epic, somewhat in the style of Garcia Marquez. The story follows the Trueba family, living in an unnamed South American country, presumed to be Chile in the years leading up to and following the 1973 coup that brought Pinochet to power.
Written in a populist, romantic style, almost verging on soap-opera, the complicated, non-linear narrative begins full of magic, spirituality, love and sex. The stories center around Clara, who communicates with the dead and has premonitions of the future, her daughter Blanca, and granddaughter Alba. Read more »