My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile - Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden I don't even know what to say about this, because I could never write a review that would do it justice. So, these are just some thoughts I have, now that I've finished the book.

I'm not familiar with Isabel Allende's fiction. I'm aware of a couple of her books, but haven't had the pleasure of reading them yet. For some reason, though, my library had this one, which I checked out partly because I was curious and recognized her name, and partly because I was looking for books to use for a couple of reading challenges.

This was the most compulsively readable memoir I have ever read. I had a bit of a rough start (I loved it, but it takes me a few pages to adjust to the voice of a writer I'm not familiar with), but after that I kept wanting to keep reading and reading and reading. I probably could have read this in one day, if life hadn't gotten in the way of that. It's been translated from Spanish, so I'm not sure what the original was like, but the translation is beautiful. The writing is sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always lyrical, and I have feelings.

Even if, like me, you haven't read any of her fiction, I still highly recommend this memoir.