John Butt (review date 29 September 1995)
SOURCE: "After Pinochet," in The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4826, September 29, 1995, p. 28.
[In the following review of Paula, Butt contends that Allende's "defenceless optimism" and "effusive generosity" are effective in her memoirs but not necessarily in her fiction.]
Paula is a confessional autobiography written to relieve anguish during the many hours Isabel Allende spent in hospital waiting-rooms while her daughter (Paula) lay in a coma caused by porphyria. Hispanic writers are...
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