D.A.N. Jones, 1 August 1985
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Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.
Hodder, 304 pp., £9.95, May 1985, 9780340360330Show More
Careful with the Sharks by Constantine Phipps.
Cape, 216 pp., £8.95, May 1985, 9780224023085Show More
“... It is obvious that Isabel Allende’s novel about Chile, The House of the Spirits, has something about it that appeals to women readers: but I cannot imagine what that something is. ‘Magical realism’ is the vogue-word: but this seems to me a farrago of fantasy-triggers. I was astonished when Marina Warner asserted on television that the book ‘gives you an astonishing understanding of a political situation ...”