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New York Times best seller Isabel Allende returns with a beautifully crafted, multigenerational novel of struggle, endurance and friendship against the odds.
Amid the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, an unexpected friendship blossoms between three people thrown together by circumstance. Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his 60s, hits the car driven by Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented migrant from Guatemala.
But what at first seems an inconvenience takes an unforeseen and darker turn when Evelyn comes to him and his neighbour Lucia Maraz, desperately seeking help. Sweeping from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala to turbulent 1970s Chile and Brazil, and woven with Isabel Allende's trademark humanity, passion and storytelling verve, In the Midst of Winter is a mesmerizing and unforgettable tale.
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I have enjoyed most of Allende's books ( notable exception "Of Love and Shadows") but this one smacked of a hastily written pot-boiler.
The Guatemala and Chile back stories are cliché ridden and peopled with stereotypes - the mystical grandmother, the rebel priest.
One of the rules of writing is SHOW don't TELL. Allende does far too much telling and her writing rarely rises above the banal. Add to this the fact that the plot itself is improbable and the 'twist' at the end is obvious well before the last chapter.
Disappointing in the extreme.
In The Midst of Winter was my first Isabel Allende book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Allende is a wonderful story teller and her style of writing really draws you in. Lucia was a wonderful character full of heart and humour which was a nice contrast to serious Richard. It is also a fascinating insight into South America, particularly Chile, Brazil and Guatemala. My knowledge of each country was limited but Allende has ignited my interest and I hope to read more about them. A lovely read about ordinary people.