I received a copy of Isabel Allende’s “The Infinite Plan” as a gift from a friend. I was telling her about our plan of starting the Reading Badger project, so she wanted to contribute to our dream by giving me a book written by one of her favorite authors.
Isabel Allende was born in Peru, and somehow this is shown in her sweet and almost homie way of telling a story. Possibly because I am Romanian, and I have some Latin blood running through my veins, or maybe not, I don’t know, but I connected right away with Isabel’s way of writing. Throughout the whole novel, I had the feeling not that I am reading the book, but that she is right in front of me, narrating the tale.
The book starts in the middle of the World War II, presenting a nomad family with two small children. The novel is focused on two distinct characters, Gregory (one of the kids of the traveling family) and Carmen (his childhood friend), and it’s written part from the author’s third person point of view and part as Gregory’s confession.
During the book, you will be a member of the hard life in the Hispanic Barrio of LA, of the Vietnam war and of a blooming San Francisco. You will know failure and success, understand how ignorance could destroy the people you care for and mostly you will realize that most of the time the things you seek your entire life were near you since the beginning of your search.