Not Magical, Not Realism | The New Republic. Naomi Daremblum reviews Isabel Allende’s latest novel, Island Beneath the Sea.
It may be heresy to challenge the literary reputation of Isabel Allende, but reading Island Beneath the Sea one cannot but conclude that some essential inspiration and vitality is now missing from her work. Yes, she once gave female characters their due as central actors in Latin American history and politics; and yes, she once drew whimsical female characters that enthralled thousands of her fans. But none of that excuses how bad this book is. Read the full review here.