Monday, December 19, 2022


 Violeta by Isabel Allende was a selection for my book club this year and it fit several prompts for different challenges perfectly.  This was my first book by Allende and I will be reading more works by her in the future for sure.  Overall I really liked the way she combines character development and story action.  My only real complaint was the ending of the book felt as though she was throwing as many possible social issues into the story as possible rather than sticking to the main plotline that centered around the Chilean political uprising and the general US involvement in Latin American politics.  The story is an amazing saga of the family and all it underwent over the course of Violetta's lifetime.  

VioletaVioleta by Isabel Allende
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

fantastic epic historical novel

This is such a beautiful mix of description and characters. The history of Chile and S America that is revisited in this novel is an astonishing reminder of how much has changed in the world and how often it repeats in a different manner. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is the last portion felt as though all the faults in the world had to be thrown into the storyline/Violeta’s reflection letter. It just felt a bit contrived at that point whereas the rest of the book had felt authentic without lecturing til then. I am glad I went back and finished this book after having begun earlier in the year

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #  101 
  2. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes  Chile
  3. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2022   Book #125
  4. Historic Fiction  #histficreadingchallenge   Book #13
  5. Around the Year in 52 Books # 38. A book by a Latin American author
  6. BooklistQueen  #booklistqueenreadingchallenge2022  # 23. A Book Everyone is Talking About 
  7. Beat the Backlist #BTB2022  #30 translated to your native language
  8. Nerd Daily  #NERDREADING2022 #21 a book you never finished 
  9. Pick your Poison #97 a book about a pandemic
  10. Beyond the Bookends  December- Read a family drama
  11. Book Voyage  #bookvoyagechallenge  December: Books Spanning Multiple Continents
  12. Diversify your reading #DYRC22  Dec Historic Fiction
  13. Lifetime of Reading  multi generational
  14. Uncorked Reader #UncorkedReading2022  #5 hiking

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