Tonight’s #filmfriday is the 1993 film The House of the Spirits. Based on the novel by Isabel Allende and directed by Bille August, the film follows the life of a clairvoyant named Clara (Meryl Streep) from girlhood through marriage and raising a family during a time of social upheaval in Chile. With a star-studded cast, the story spans many decades and glimpses the lives of her various family members, eventually focusing on her husband (Jeremy Irons) and daughter (Winona Ryder). I often love a good long movie and this one always gets me good as it contains forbidden love and forgiveness with major character development and a hint of the supernatural. The atmosphere of this film changes drastically as the narrative progresses, starting in a dreamy, cheerful house that slowly transitions to the onset of militaristic occupation which delivers a big dose of reality and drama. Check it out! #thehouseofthespirits#filmfriday
Final thoughts…The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
When the life of Rosa the Beautiful ends prematurely, the del Valle family mourns the loss of the girl with the sea-green hair and bluish skin, their mermaid of the sea returned to the ocean. Her death sets the sprawling story of the House of the Spirits in motion, as her younger sister Clara, a clairvoyant who can move objects with her mind, emerges from years of muted silence to become the wife of Esteban Trueba, the former fiancé of her fallen sister.
A Latin American family saga with a cast of memorable characters, The House of the Spirits sees the fantastical world of ghosts and premonitions intertwined with the arduous reality of political history and revolutionary upheaval. Though much of the story is told through the eyes of Esteban, the family patriarch and violent bully, it is the women in his life, his wife Clara, daughter Blanca and granddaughter Alba who direct the narrative and fill the ‘house on the corner’ with a carousel of lost souls as the country is divided and plunges into crisis. Only the death of the great ‘Poet’, never named but presumably Pablo Neruda, is a fleeting unifying panacea.
Brimming with symbolism and foreshadowing, Allende’s creation is a study of time and its inherent chain reactions, and an engaging tale of the enduring spirit of humanity.
“Memory is fragile and the space of a single life is brief, passing so quickly that we never get a chance to see the relationship between events.”
Photo: mermaids and lights
like a chimney - you sometimes have to
get through the dark before you see
Yesterday I saw The House of the Spirits and I'm still totally touched by it. This film is so incredibly beautiful and sometimes so shocking, shows what a bad deed can do, but also that things and people can change. One should make the most of one's life and strive to be good to others, to be aware of the consequences of one's actions. In a way, the movie has also taken away the fear of death from me and showed that it can also be something beautiful and not just sad. You can survive things, even if they seem impossible, and there is always hope. It also shows, in a way, how important it is to spend as much time as possible with those you love. Furthermore good deeds, no matter how insignificant they might seem, can have such a great effect on other people.
El libro elegido de hoy es "La casa de los espíritus", de Isabel Allende 📚⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📌 Sinopsis: La casa de los espíritus narra la saga familiar de los Trueba, desde principios de siglo hasta el presente. Magistralmente ambientada en algún lugar de América Latina, la novela sigue paso a paso el dramático y extravagante destino de unos personajes atrapados en un entorno sorprendente y exótico.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Me encanta esta autora. Me leí casi todos sus libros, y sin dudas este es uno de mis favoritos. Muchos lo comparan con "100 años de soledad" de Gabriel García Márquez (calculo que por el realismo mágico), pero como aún no lo leí, no sabría decirlo. Es una novela hermosa, donde se relata la vida de una familia generación tras generación, a la vez que también nos cuenta un poco de la situación política de Chile en aquel entonces. Al principio me costó seguirle la corriente, porque no estaba acostumbrada a la prosa de esta autora, pero después le agarré la mano. Una novela llena de historia, desgracias, fortunas, injusticias, amor y lucha por los ideales representados en este libro.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bookrecommendation#favoritebooks#bookrecommendations#isabelallende#thehouseofthespirits A fantastic novel by Chilean novelist Isabel Allende. Masterful historical and magic realism novel. A book that not only makes you think the characters are real, but also that the impossible things that they do could also happen. Will also happen, did also happen. It takes us through generations, it's an epic story of the Trueba family, and the myriad of tragedies and triumphs in post-colonial Chile. If you didn't notice it's one of my favorite books of all time.
I read The House of the Spirits yeas ago, and while i loved it so much, i forgot some details of the story, details that when I started to read it again made me want to quit. I forced myself to keep going but i felt this huge rejection against one of the main characters, Esteban Trueba, seriously, for moments i got this viseral reaction againgst him, like i disliked him so much to the point that even when i loved the other characters i wanted to forgot about the book, but keep reading, mother goddess told me, and i did it.
Mirroring, that's why i had such visceral reaction, maybe this had something to do with a past life, but some issues that bother me from him, were a reflection of me. Certainly i'm not a rapist or i wouldn't hurt an animal like he did (which almost made me throw the book away from me), but his jealousy, his possessiveness, his obssessions, mirrors. Complete ego centered.
On the other hand we had Clara, she was out of this world, like the book described her, connected with her higher self, with the spirits, reading her cards, listening to her intuition, to the point that she spends most of her life disconnected from others, lost in the spiritual world, calm and serene, yes, but unreachable to others. Mirroring.
I got it, I saw how both sides to the extreme are bad, how is important to find balance, to feel, to connect.
But it goes further, is a mirror to our society, any society, to the injustice that we have to live on daily basis, about rape, about poverty, about ones having more opportunities than others, about the powerful getting away with everything.
It also is a reflection of how a single person can make a difference, as Clara showed in her lucid moments, as her son Jaime showed most of his life, as Blanca and later Alba showed, and even Esteban indirectly, by allowing those on his family to use his money to feed those in need, even when he pretended not to know, he knew, and he let it happen, because deep inside, he wasn't totally bad, he was just human.
we have the choice to make a difference, not acting by hate or revenge, just by doing the best we can
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• what’s your favorite scene in the house of the spirits?
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meryl streep as clara in the house of the spirits (1993)
As we age, birthdays can sometimes draw less attention from our friends and family. Thank you for continuing to think of me on this special day of the year!🙏🙏😊 Just as when we come into the world, when we die we are afraid of the unknown. But the fear is something from within us that has nothing to do with reality. Dying is like being born: just a change
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
#born, #change#changes#death#death-and-dying #fear#fear-of-death #fear-of-unknown #reality#thehouseofthespirits@isabelallende
💐📖⛈ My first introduction to @allendeisabel was #ofloveandshadows in high school. Like any high school novel, I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, probably confused or bothered by the fact that there weren’t any chapters. It’s since grown on me, having been one of my first introductions to Mexican culture and politics, and I am constantly finding myself thinking of it. Since seeing the lady herself on ‘Jane the Virgin’ I’ve felt inspired to read more of her works, having a deeper appreciation for Mexican culture (thanks Jane and ‘Coco’!) whereas in the past my attentions have primarily been focussed on Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. #inthemidstofwinter looks simply divine, so I cannot wait to delve into #isabelallende’s newest masterpiece. Inspired, I also bought #thehouseofthespirits - thanks again Jane. ⛈📖💐
- Esto sirve para tranquilizarnos la conciencia, hija - explicaba a Blanca-. Pero no ayuda a los pobres. No necesitan caridad, sino justicia.
Creo que encontré un nuevo libro favorito. Hace dos años lei El Cuaderno de Maya de Isabel Allende, y estuvo bueno pero no me pareció memorable. Sin embargo, La Casa de los Espíritus (una novela previa) es demasiado genial. El realismo mágico ha sido una característica de la literatura latinoamericana durante muchos años y me arrepiento de no haberlo leído tanto como hubiera querido.
Solo diré que me inspiró.
Si desean saber más de este bello lugar del mundo, pues lean a este tipo de autores. Vale la pena ✨
¡Tengan un magnífico día!
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I think I found a new all time favourite. Two years ago I read Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende and it was good but I don't think it was a memorable one. Nevertheless, The House of the Spirits (her previous novel) is just so great. Magical realism is something that has been a characteristic of latin american literature for several years now and I totally regret I haven't read this genre as much as I would have liked.
I will just say it has inspired me.
If you guys out there like to know more about this beautiful part of the world, give these authors a try. It's worth it ✨
Have a wonderful day!!