ISBN: 0006548563 Global Overview for this book
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In December 1991, Isabel Allende's daughter Paula, aged 26 fell gravely ill and sank into a coma. This book was written during the interminable hours the novelist spent in the corridors of the Madrid hospital, in her hotel room and beside Paula's bed during the summer and autumn of 1992. Faced with the loss of her child, Isabel Allende turned to storytelling, to sustain her own spirit and to convey to her daughter the will to wake up, to survive. The story she tells is that of her own life, her family history and the tragedy of her nation, Chile, in the years leading up to Pinochet's brutal military coup.
I haven't read this yet and am hoping to send it out on a ring before I do so.
and back to me.
No rating as I haven't read it allthe way through.
Accompanied me to Holland, Sheffield and Spain and I finally finished back home this evening.
I keep remembering the advice in the book "Remember everyone else is more afraid than you".
I had a bit of a struggle at the very beginning, because the pace was dictated by the stepping forwards and backwards between memories of her family and life in Chile and the life in Spain with her mother, with Paula in hospital in a coma. I loved the parts where she was telling about her past, but didn't relate very well to the parts playing in the hospital. Then, with the second part of the book, things changed and the reading was easier...was it just my impression, or was it the acceptance that Paula wasn't going to wake up from her coma that had a soothing influence on her writing?
The parts in which she describes Paula in her Californian home, the routine of the daily life and her totally part of it were beautiful, as it was the description of her departure from her body. It really had me in tears, and reminded me a bit of the last minutes in the film "Philadelphia" - a festival of life, to commemorate what is left behind, and not to grieve and remember the loss only.
The book is ready to return to our ringmaster - as soon as she confirms her address. Thanks for sharing this!