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To me this book was so extremely violent and politically driven that I was completely overwhelmed. Honestly, I had to stop listening three or four times, give it a day or two and then return and try again. I searched repeatedly for a foothold within the characters, something to secure the storytelling, without luck.
I understood before I started that the story would have themes focused on human rights issues, immigration and abuse. I expected to feel a level of discomfort with the struggles of the characters. What I did not expect was the harsh tone of strident or even preachy lecturing that I encountered.
The stories of Central America and South America were so gruesome and horrifying that I found myself unable to continue. For that matter, even the lives lived by the characters in NYC were dire, cold and barren.
I have loved Allende's writing in the past so I really wanted to give this new book a chance.
In the end, what made me finally give up was the pervasive feeling of being brow beaten with misery. Allende seems to have chosen the sledge hammer approach over all else to sway the reader. Do be forewarned, considerable graphic violence and heartbreak ahead.
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IN does story is rich with color and culture. The narrators and their accents and emphasis gave the story credibility.
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