“You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.”~ Isabel Allende, Chilean American writer.
My mom was the first person who introduced me to Isabel Allende. Mami was an avid reader and on her bookshelf rested a copy of “The House of the Spirits” and when I was 12 years old, Mami handed me this book and within five days I finished reading this novel. I was fascinated with every character but especially with the stories told by the writer. Since then I have been a fan of Allende’s work.
Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru but raised in Chile.
In 1959 she began her career as a journalist.
In 1978 after Augusto Pinochet became president of Chile she moved to Venezuela where she continued her career as a journalist working as a columnist for El Nacional newspaper.
While living in Venezuela in the 80’s she received news that her grandfather was dying and she decided to write him a letter which later became the manuscript of The House of the Spirits. Although in the beginning the book was rejected by numerous publishers today the book has ran more than two dozen editions in Spanish and has been translated into other languages. The book is a success and her style of writing has been compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez .
I admire Allende’s vivid storytelling and how she pays homage to the lives of women in her novels.