In this book, the author achieves a perfect combination between love and terror, two topics which at first sight seem completely impossible to place together. Two stories in one are presented in this novel: the love affair between Francisco and Irene and the horror of the military ruling at the time. A young girl who disappears glues these two together, as the couple go through "the shades" in their quest for the truth about the matter. The horror they will face will change them forever, while strenghtening their love affair minute after minute...
This book is amazing. It combines love with the horrors of the desaparecidos in Chile during the early 1980's. If you want a great story with quality and that will challenge all of your intellect, I suggest Of Love and Shadows. You will fall in love with the most amazing characters in contemporary novel and be forever touched by this fantastic reading.
I have read almost all Allende's books (except for one) and I found this book very original, you must read it in the spanish version. It is probably this book what differenciates Allende from Marquez. Provides to the lector information of historical events, it is just an amazing novel!!
I read this book for a High School class and I admit I wasn't thrilled. However, after a few pages I became hooked. It's one of the most original books i've read in a long time. It has love, romance, and action. All that I could ask for and more. READ THIS BOOK!!!