I adore everything that Isabel Allende writes, but Violeta stands out as one of her best. The book is one long love letter to someone Violeta loves dearly, recounting the events of her life, and what an extraordinary life it is, as is the life of anyone who lives a whole century.
Fiction or not, accurate as to actual historical events or not, memories of a fictional person or not – one person’s view of a world that few can know of through direct experience is always enrichening. When that view is expressed as beautifully as Allende does in all her novels, we all are blessed.
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