‘My Invented Country’ By Isabel Allende: Short Review

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through ChileMy Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have recently developed a taste for memoirs and this my third one that I have read. It’s a good book which explores the idea of nostalgia above all else.

I have never been to Chile and do not hope to visit the country in this lifetime, but this memoir has given me as good a taste of the place as if I had a small layover in the country while going somewhere else. Reading about certain customs and practices of the Chilean society made me wonder that my country and Chile is alike in a lot of respects. And I am not talking about the geography of the country but it’s people.

There are so many things Isabel Allende has sketched about Chilean people, that I find around myself in one cursory look.

These days I try to pick books that either teach me something new or inspire me in my writing. Oddly, I could relate so much with the writer who happens to be decades older than me and belongs (if we can say that she belongs) to a country that has been alien to me all these years. This sense of identification with a complete stranger is what I seek to do with my own writing.

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