Talk:The House of the Spirits

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Importance scale[edit]

I've changed it from Mid to High. It's the main novel by Allende, one of the most popular and most translated southamerican authors, and one of the main figures of the Magic Realism genre. Plus it was brought to the cinema in a movie starred Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close and Antonio Banderas.--Rataube 17:29, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

And I've set it back to "Mid." Admittedly, some other rather unimportant novels are featured at Category:High-importance_novel_articles. But The House of the Spirits is not a major novel, though it is a best-seling one. The fact that it has been made into a film is not really a distinguishing mark, whoever the actors may have been. (The film was terrible also, it's worth saying.) Isabel Allende is not a major author either, though again she is best-selling and as such also well-known.
Oh, and this article needs major improvement. At present it's little more than an extended plot summary. It says next to nothing about the book. If others feel it's important, I'd suggest it's up to them to explain why, beyond the fact it happens to have sold a lot of copies. What is original or interesting about it? --Jbmurray 09:00, 20 May 2007 (UTC)
For these same reasons I've also downgraded it to "Start" category. --Jbmurray 09:02, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Plot/characters[edit]

Is it necessary to have analyses of the characters in this novel? Should we try to work it into a plot summary of the book instead? The summary reads like an overview of the book and its themes, and the actualy summary is hidden in the character list now. I'll work around this... Hurrah 05:28, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Please transfer to previous version[edit]

My Browser crashed and it didn't upload the text from when I edited this page. Sorry about that. It was a mistake. can someone please asap change it and do not block me as i didn't mean for it to be happen.

--124.177.229.59 06:52, 31 October 2006 (UTC)


deleting "important novel"[edit]

(I added this subhead and brought the discussion to the bottom of the page. --jbmurray (talk|contribs) 01:06, 1 June 2007 (UTC))

This is a very important novel! It's even taught in English classes in American high schools. Would you delete the page for Catcher in the Rye outright just because the article sucked? --71.236.187.250 00:58, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

Absolutely. Surely for important pages, it's even more essential that the article about them doesn't suck! If this page doesn't improve, it fully deserves to go. Then perhaps later someone can start again with a better effort that actually follows Wikipedia guidelines. --jbmurray (talk|contribs) 01:06, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Jbmurray, this seems more like an impulsive delete to me. At the very least, the article should be kept as a stub, but not deleted. The book is significant in many school curricula and has been a a significant contribution to Latin American literature. In any case, I will be reworking this article to revoke the deletion status. Soggybread 21:23, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
Nothing impulsive about the delete suggestion. I'd be delighted if you (or anyone else) were to upgrade the article in line with Wikipedia guidelines and with what one would expect of an encyclopedia. For a model article, you could do worse than look for instance at The Well of Loneliness. --jbmurray (talk|contribs) 21:33, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
At the very least, five seconds deleting the plot summary would have given you a perfectly good stub, much better than deleting the whole thing.--Prosfilaes 20:43, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
The PROD stirred Soggybread to work significantly on improving the article, which seems a better result altogether. --jbmurray (talk|contribs) 00:02, 6 June 2007 (UTC)
I don't think threatening volunteers with the deletion of their work is appropriate; they aren't here to work at your beck and call.--Prosfilaes 08:37, 6 June 2007 (UTC)
Can you name the volunteers who were threatened?! --jbmurray (talk|contribs) 10:05, 6 June 2007 (UTC)
Can't you just look at the article history and see which volunteers you threatened to delete the work of?--Prosfilaes 14:35, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Houseofthesprirts.jpg[edit]

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Fair use rationale for Image:Houseofspirits.jpg[edit]

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Spoiler[edit]

On the article header, it says:

"The story is told mainly from the perspective of two protagonists (Esteban and Alba)"

The fact that it is Alba who is telling the story is deliberately concealed by the author until late in the book, which is why I think this information is a spoiler, and therefore shouldn't appear so soon (or at all) in the article.

200.140.82.71 (talk) 03:58, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

This isn't a novel review where spoilers aren't permitted. This is an online free Encyclopedia. And an encyclopedia is to gather knowledge for everyone to read it. 189.173.139.13 (talk) 20:22, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

January 8 quotation[edit]

The article claims to include a direct quotation from this web page, but it's actually only a paraphrase. Or, perhaps, the web page has changed since the text was copied. -- John of Reading (talk) 09:56, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:The House of the Spirits/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

* This article is at present little more than an extended plot summary.

Last edited at 09:01, 20 May 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 08:12, 30 April 2016 (UTC)